EU transport ministers have again failed to agree on funding for the Marco Polo programme that aims to divert 12bn tonne kilometres of freight away from roads each year (EED 02/02/02). At a council meeting in Luxembourg yesterday there was no qualified majority in favour of the Danish presidency's compromise proposal of €60m funding over four years. Last week the European parliament backed the European Commission proposal of €115m over five years (EED 26/09/02). See council minutes.
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