With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

Europe on the Move: Actions and initiatives of the Commission for clean, competitive and connected mobility that affects everyone

Mobility has a major influence on the daily lives of European citizens and directly employs more than 11 million people. The European Commission adopts a long-term strategy for a fundamental modernisation of European mobility and transport up to 2025. The aim is to help the sector to stay competitive in a socially fair transition towards clean energy, zero emissions and digitalisation.

"Europe on the Move" consists of:

·         A first series of 8 legislative initiatives specifically targeting road transport. This sector is of particular importance as it directly employs 5 million Europeans, while contributing to almost a fifth of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions. The proposals will improve the functioning of the road haulage market and help improve workers' social and employment conditions.

·         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.

·         The EU will drive this transition through targeted legislation and supporting measures, including infrastructure investment, research and innovation.

In other words, 'Europe on the Move' is a wide-ranging  set of initiatives that will make traffic safer; encourage smart road charging; reduce CO2 emissions, air pollution and congestion; cut red-tape for businesses; fight illicit employment and ensure proper conditions and rest times for workers.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: "The EU has a unique opportunity to not only lead the modernisation of road transport at home, but also globally. Our reforms will set the foundation for standardised, digital road solutions, fairer social conditions and enforceable market rules. They 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, whilst serving the needs of citizens, businesses and nature. Common standards and cross-border services will also help make multimodal travel a reality across Europe."

Take a look here at these proposals that will further drive innovation; improve competitiveness, reduce CO2 emissions, improve air quality and public health and increase the safety of transport.

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The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.

 

The sole responsibility for the content of this report lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EASME nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

 

Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months