On 22 June 2006 the Commission published the Communication, "Keep Europe Moving - Sustainable mobility for our continent", which is a mid-term review of the Commission’s 2001 White Paper on transport policy.
The review highlights that the context defining Europe’s transport policy has changed over the past five years and that the EU needs new tools to face these challenges:
Enlargement: Europe’s transport network is now continental.
Globalisation is challenging Europe’s competitiveness and economic growth.
Global warming and energy shortages urgently need to be tackled.
Security issues are key following terrorist attacks targeting transport systems.
The review also makes clear that certain policy options defined in the 2001 White Paper - such as the modal shift from road transport to other modes and decoupling of economic and transport growth - have not met the expected levels of success and should be revised.
In a debate organised by the Automobile and Society Forum on 10 October 2006, Hungarian MEP Etelka Barsi-Pataky (EPP-ED), who will steer the debate on the mid-term review through Parliament, outlined what she viewed as the main issues for debate.