Urban transport in the heart of European transport policy

30 June 2009  •  Author(s): Antonio Tajani, Vice-President Commissioner for Transport, European Commission

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.

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