Heavy lorry traffic will continue to cross the Inn valley leading to the Alpine Brenner pass until at least 30 April 2004, after the European court of justice confirmed a block on an Austrian ban, which had been due to take effect in July (EED 31/07/03).
Environmental and health concerns over high air pollution in the area should in principle "take precedence over economic considerations", the European judges said on 2 October. However, they concluded that the "structural measures" needed to find a solution must be decided by Austria in cooperation with neighbouring Alpine countries Germany and Italy.
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