France fails to unite states over Eurovignette plans

Concerns remain on significant number of issues, French presidency report shows; EU deal on maritime safety

EU member states have failed to reach an informal agreement on proposals to revise road charging rules for lorries under the "Eurovignette" directive. The French presidency had hoped a "general approach" could be agreed by transport ministers on Tuesday.

But governments still have concerns over a significant number of issues, according to a progress report presented by France at the ministerial meeting. The presidency said difficulties were due to the complexity of the plans and fears over their economic impact.

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