Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot has outlined his vision of the future Green Paper on urban transport, following four months of stakeholder consultations, which revealed that Europeans do want the EU to take action in this area, which is traditionally reserved for local authorities.
The Commission, on 4 June, presented the main results of four months of stakeholder consultations aimed at identifying whether and how the EU could contribute to improving urban mobility, while respecting the principle of subsidiarity.
Two thirds of the 900 respondents said that the EU must take action so as to tackle transport problems in urban areas, arguing that congestion and pollution are the most important challenges.
70% said that improving public transport services should be a priority, with 90% agreeing that all public transport vehicles should be clean and energy efficient.
Other priority areas include the exchange of best practices, the promotion of RTD activities, and initiatives to increase the market acceptance of new technologies, as well as innovative and intelligent transport solutions.