European Commission - Articles and news items
Industry news • 9 May 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
The European Commission has approved an investment of over €368 million for the construction of line 3 of the Sofia metro in Bulgaria.
Industry news • 27 January 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
A European Disability Forum (EDF) delegation met with the EU Commissioner for Transport and Mobility to discuss recent UN findings on recommendations to protect and promote accessible transport for people with disabilities.
Issue 6 2015 • 17 December 2015 • Artur Perchel, Manager, Central Eastern Europe at UITP
The urban mobility revival in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries is hard to overlook. Fuelled by EU funds and evolving mobility patterns, the shift towards modern, low-carbon and customer-oriented collective transportation marches throughout the region. And although there is an array of challenges ahead, including dropping ridership levels or lower EU funds’ absorption rates, a number of key mobility trends should be recognised as critical for CEE’s success story. Artur Perchel, Manager, Central Eastern Europe at UITP, expands upon this point and its implications for the future of urban mobility in the region…
Industry news • 10 November 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
The European Parliament TRAN Committee has voted to adopt a proposed Sustainable Urban Mobility Report emphasising the urgent need to make transport more sustainable.
Transport Extra • 16 July 2015 • Dario Noschese, of MERCURIO project
European analysis of the Road Injuries Management System with regard to the social and economic impact of emergency and post-injuries services on national finances and households….
Industry news • 26 May 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Associations representing the railway, public transport, energy and recycling industries have called on EU policy makers to take action against metal theft in Europe.
Industry news • 12 February 2014 • ETSI
CEN and ETSI have confirmed that the basic set of standards for Cooperative Intelligence Transport Systems have now been adopted and issued…
The European Commission has chosen Alstom in funding 50% of a R&D project…
On 30 September 2009, the European Commission adopted an action plan on urban mobility, proposing 20 specific measures to assist local, regional and national authorities in reaching their targets for sustainable urban mobility.
Europe needs sustainable urban mobility
Urban transport is of growing concern to citizens. Over 70% of the European population lives in urban areas1, and this percentage is expected to increase over the next decade. Cities need efficient transport systems to support their economy and the welfare of their inhabitants. But urban transport systems are also part of the overall European transport system. Many long distance freight and passenger journeys start or finish in urban areas.
A large majority of Europe’s citizens live in urban areas. Cities and towns are real growth engines for our economy: almost 85% of the EU’s GDP is generated in cities. But in parallel, many negative effects of transport are concentrated in towns and cities. Developing clean, energy efficient, intelligent, safe and affordable urban transport systems is therefore essential to tackling climate change and meeting our commitment to sustainable development.
40 years of EU experience in urban mobility
Urban transport is not a newcomer to the European transport policy. Public transport markets in urban areas have been regulated by the EU for 40 years, since 1969. Furthermore, many corridors of the trans-European network pass through urban areas, and many of its interfaces are located there. It is thus not surprising that all our important policy papers, in the last two decades, addressed urban transport.
With the majority of European Union citizens living in urban areas, the challenges of urban mobility are a key concern for the European Commission. However, growing transport demands may negatively affect our quality of life and our economy. Cities all across Europe face similar problems of congestion, road safety, security, air and noise pollution and climate change due to CO2 emissions.
For instance, in the EU as a whole, road congestion costs an average 1% of our Gross Domestic Product annually, as it disrupts commuting and freight transport. In the meantime, the main environmental issues in towns and cities stem from the domination of oil as a transport fuel, which generates CO2 and air pollutant emissions with the resulting negative impact on citizens’ health. In fact, urban mobility is responsible for 40% of CO2 emissions in road transport and 70% of emissions of other pollutants arising from road transport. Our citizens’ safety is also affected: two in three road accidents and one in three road fatalities now happen in urban areas. How must we rethink urban mobility to guarantee quality of life and economic development in our towns and cities?
Our cities are the engines of the European economy. In the European Union, over 60 per cent of the population lives in urban areas and almost 85 per cent of the EU’s gross national product is generated in urban areas. All European cities are different, but they share similar challenges; congestion, pollution, protection of health, safety and security. Good urban mobility would enhance the quality of life of European citizens.
Transport plays a crucial role in supporting European integration and ensuring a high level of wellbeing amongst Europe’s citizens. Efficient infrastructure for transport is vital for EU competitiveness for reducing costs and providing a good service.
Moreover, European integration requires sufficient access to EU transport networks for all regions. Therefore, the European Union must aim to promote the development and running of Trans-European Networks as a key element for the creation of the internal market, and the reinforcement of economic and social cohesion, as expressed in the treaty establishing the European Community, OJ C 325, 24/12/2002, articles 154, 155 and 156.
Urban transport is used by millions of passengers every day in big cities. It has a tremendous importance for both the lives of our citizens and the economy and will be crucial in the coming years for reducing congestion, matching mobility needs as well as reducing energy consumption and emissions.
The counterpart of this success is that urban public transport has become an easy target for terrorists. The number of attacks hitting public transport has risen in the last two decades. The recent attacks in Madrid and London have shown that they are almost impossible to prevent with present technology.
Transport plays a crucial role in supporting European integration and ensuring a high level of well-being among Europe’s citizens. Hence, efficient infrastructure for transport is vital for EU competitiveness to keep costs down and to provide good service. Moreover, European integration requires sufficient access to EU transport networks for all regions. Therefore, the European Union must aim to promote the development and the well-functioning of Trans-European Networks as a key element for the creation of the internal market and the reinforcement of economic and social cohesion2.
Tunnels play an important role within the transport infrastructure network. They facilitate communication between large areas of the Union and are thus essential to long distance transport. They also play a decisive role in the functioning and development of regional economies.