Swedish environment minister Anna Lindh published an open letter on Friday criticising six transport industry groups and a trade union who have lobbied against official proposals to green the transport sector. Earlier this year, the government published a draft outline of a transport bill to be formally unveiled next spring. Over the summer the seven groups, including the Federation of Swedish Industries, published advertisements in which they opposed a planned new tax on long-distance transport and claimed that the government was biased in favour of rail. In her letter, Ms Lindh stressed that, as a member of the EU, Sweden was obliged to play its part in cutting greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change, and that transport was the most significant contributor to the problem. She called on the organisations, which represent rail and shipping companies among others, to play their part in helping to achieve the government's environmental objectives.
Swedish environment ministry , tel: +46 8 405 1000; Federation of Swedish Industries, tel: +46 8 783 8000.
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