Fabian Demicoli

A Sustainable future for transport

On 17 June 2009 the European Commission published the Communication "A sustainable future for transport: Towards an integrated, technology-led and user friendly system" defining a vision for the future of transport and mobility until 2020, as a follow-up to the White Paper of 2001 (setting an agenda for transport policy throughout 2010 and which was updated in 2006).

The possibility is given to respond to this communication by 30 September 2009. The purpose of this Communication on the Future of Transport is to stimulate further debate that aims at identifying concrete policy proposals for the Commission's next Transport White Paper scheduled for 2010.

The Communication does not include a detailed programme of policy measures, but rather tries to identify a strategic vision for the future of transport. The main conclusions of the Communication:

European transport policy has helped to provide an efficient mobility system to EU people and businesses. It now has the task of ensuring that this mobility can be sustained in the future.

       Environmental sustainability, ageing, migration, fossil fuel scarcity, urbanisation and globalisation are key tendencies in our society and will pose challenges to our system of mobility.

Accelerating the introduction of innovative technologies and the full integration of the different transport modes is crucial to meeting the challenges such as environmental sustainability, ageing, fossil fuel scarcity, etc.

It is important to advance the external projection of European Transport Policy, as a way to ensure further integration with the neighbouring countries and the promotion of Europe's economic and environmental interests in the global context.

The full text can be obtainable from Abigail Mamo by calling 21 232 881/3 or .

 

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