European Commission publishes agenda for the future of mobility
On May 31st the European Commission published the communication “Europe on the Move – An agenda for a socially fair transition towards clean, competitive and connected mobility for all“. It is a long-term strategy to turn technological, economic and social challenges into opportunities and deliver smart, socially fair and competitive mobility by 2025. It aims at helping the European mobility and transport sector to stay competitive in the future in a socially fair transition towards clean energy sources, automation and digitalisation. At the beginning of an era of connected and automated vehicles, shared mobility, zero emissions, and easy shifts between transport modes, Europe must move from the fragmented transport networks of today towards an integrated, modern and sustainable mobility system, which is connected to the energy and digital networks.
‘Europe on the Move” is a comprehensive package of regulatory and support measures that will contribute to competitive, connected and clean mobility for all Europeans, by making traffic safer; encouraging smart road charging; reducing CO2 emissions, air pollution and congestion; cutting red-tape for businesses; fighting illicit employment and ensuring proper conditions and rest times for workers. The long-term benefits of these measures will extend far beyond the transport sector by promoting growth and job creation, strengthening social fairness, widening consumers’ choices and firmly putting Europe on the path towards zero emissions.
The new EC approach to mobility addresses the new developments in transport also in the context of newly emerging economic trends like collaborative or circular economy. It will also set the foundation for standardised, digital road solutions, fairer social conditions and enforceable market rules and will help decrease the socio-economic costs of transport, like time lost in traffic, road fatalities and serious injuries, health risks from pollution and noise. Common standards and cross-border services will also help make multimodal travel a reality across Europe.
The EU will drive this transition through targeted legislation and supporting measures, including infrastructure investment, research and innovation. This will ensure that the best clean, connected and automated mobility solutions, transport equipment and vehicles will be developed, offered and manufactured in Europe.
The Commission also intends to promote seamless mobility solutions so that citizens and businesses can travel easily across Europe. For instance, interoperability between tolling systems will enable road users to drive throughout the EU without having to be concerned by different administrative formalities. Common specifications for public transport data will also allow passengers to better plan their journey and follow the best route even if it crosses a border.
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