Spotlight on mobility and transport
Mobility and transport have a direct impact on many aspects of our lives. Whether it’s travelling to school or work, going on holidays, or receiving packages that we ordered online – we all depend on the sector in various ways.
The EU shares responsibility for action in the mobility and transport sector with the Member States. This means that both the EU and the 27 Member States can legislate and adopt legally binding acts in the area. At EU level, action is supported by a network of EU agencies and bodies who are responsible for carrying out certain technical tasks and implementing EU programmes.
Action at EU level in the sector mainly deals with large-scale issues such as safety and passenger rights across all transport modes. The EU is also working to reduce the environmental impact of the sector and improve its sustainability. Another area that has been the focus of EU level action is the harmonisation of the sector across the Union, particularly when it comes to rail and air travel. Such harmonisation plays an integral role in the EU’s single market, as it allows for greater efficiency in cross-border travel and thereby facilitates trade.Recently, the European Commission adopted a passenger mobility package to improve the experience of passengers and travellers, with proposals for action that would, among others:
- strengthen passenger rights, including for passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility,
- ensure better protection for those who book package holidays, and
- facilitate multimodal transport by providing more comprehensive information to passengers looking to combine different modes of transport for their journeys.
Moreover, in a bid to further improve efficiency in the sector and capitalise on technological developments, work is also ongoing to optimise the use of smart and sustainable mobility solutions such as drones.
Our February newsletter puts the spotlight on mobility and transport. As always, we also recommend publications on a variety of engaging topics, from the EU’s external action to telework in the post-pandemic era.
Enjoy the good reads!
Ever been stranded at a European airport or had your luggage lost when travelling in the European Union? Check out this mobile app to know what your rights are immediately, on the spot. The app covers all modes of transport in the EU – air, rail, ship, bus and coach – and gives clear and concise information on travel rights in the European Union.Available in all official languages of the EU except Irish
The modal shift to rail is a key pillar of the EU strategy to reach climate neutrality by 2050, and cross-border transport is an integral part of the EU’s single market. When it comes to cross-border rail transport, however, journeys can sometimes be hampered by technical differences between countries. This study assesses the growth potential of cross-border rail transport that would derive from the harmonisation of standards between countries.Available in English
Towards “Vision Zero”
Road transport is the most common means of travel in the EU. It forms the backbone of the modern economy and facilitates the mobility, logistics, and delivery needs within and around the EU. Ensuring the safety and security of the road transport system is therefore of paramount importance. While European roads are the safest in the world, there is no room for complacency. This publication sheds light on various EU-funded projects that are contributing to the EU’s ‘Vision Zero’ road safety strategy.Available in English
This paper analyses rail speeds on a number of routes between various medium- and large-sized cities in the EU. It then compares the rails speeds to air speeds on routes where direct flights are also available and outlines the potential benefits of increasing rail speeds on these routes.Available in English
Research for TRAN committee
This study assesses how sustainable fuels can help decarbonise the transport sector and contribute to the achievement of the 2050 decarbonisation goals. It looks into the potential uses for sustainable fuels in all transport sectors and takes account of their availability, their efficiency, and technological readiness.Available in English
Can it deliver inclusive local mobility needs and European decarbonisation goals at the same time?
Urban areas are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, as a result of the high concentration of people and their economic activity, with transport being a significant contributor. This publication delves into the new Urban Mobility Framework launched by the European Commission, an initiative that aims to help Member States develop urban transport systems that are safe, accessible, inclusive, affordable, smart, resilient, and emission-free.Available in English
Also out recently
2023 annual report on the implementation of the European Union’s external action instruments in 2022 PDF/Paper
In this report, you will find many examples of EU-funded interventions in Europe and across the globe that illustrate the EU’s continuing efforts to deliver on its foreign policy objectives. Through a ‘Team Europe’ approach, and together with international partners, the EU seeks to fight inequalities, support a global recovery from shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and build a more sustainable and inclusive world for all.Available in English
The European Union has always been the largest international donor to the Palestinian people. In the context of the current humanitarian situation in Gaza, the EU announced the quadrupling of its emergency assistance to the Palestinian people and is providing support to numerous humanitarian partners on the ground.Available in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish
Every year, the European Commission adopts a work programme which sets out its key initiatives for the year ahead. The work programme informs citizens of how the Commission will deliver on its political priorities and turn them into concrete action. This publication provides an overview of the Commission’s Work Programme for 2024, from its adoption to the policies included therein.Available in English, French, and German
In your language
If you are between 15 and 18 years old and interested in finding out more about the European Union, then this booklet is for you. It will tell you how the European Union – or ‘EU’ for short – was built. It will also tell you what values we share, who does what in the EU, and how all of this is relevant to your daily life. You will also learn about how the EU deals with today’s big challenges, including climate change, the digital world, tensions between regions and COVID-19. What the EU is doing today will shape your future tomorrow.Available in all official languages of the EU as well as Ukrainian and Russian
In the latest edition of the European cycling lexicon, you can learn all you need to know about bikes and cycling in the EU. Covering things from bicycle parts, to EuroVelo cycling routes, this publication is ideal for those who are eager to travel the EU on two wheels!Available in all official languages of the EU
Research and innovation
The EU endeavours to develop an inclusive, accessible, and affordable transport system for all European citizens. This CORDIS Results Pack provides insights into 11 projects funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme, all of which are contributing to these goals.Available in English
(Individual article also available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian, and Spanish on the CORDIS website)
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The joint coordination platform
In May 2022, the European Commission put forward an action plan for EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes to facilitate Ukraine’s agricultural exports and bilateral trade with the EU, both of which were severely impacted by Russia’s war of aggression. These Solidarity Lanes have established alternative logistics routes using all transport modes, linking the EU to Ukraine. This publication provides insights into the functioning of the Solidarity Lanes, from their funding to their achievements.Available in English
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In several countries, the experience of extensive and prolonged telework during the pandemic has fuelled changes in legislation aimed at better adapting the regulation of telework in a post-COVID-19 scenario. This report presents an analysis on how telework is currently regulated in Europe. The report provides an overview of EU regulation post-COVID-19, comparing it to the pre-COVID-19 picture.Available in English
Explore the redesigned TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) website, the online version of the ‘Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union' dedicated to European public procurement. The redesign brings a new look, new features, and new business perspectives. You will experience a seamless journey with intuitive navigation and a high-performance search engine.
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