Experts at an evening debate organised by Friends of Europe discussed whether EU transport policy has really improved the transport sector.
The upcoming mid-term review of the 2001 White Paper on Transport raises questions as to how successful the EU has been in improving the situation of the transport sector.
Road today remains the favourite and most efficient means of transport with a further increase in volume expected in the future. According to the Commission, a 50% increase in freight transport can be expected for 2010.
Yet, the costs to the environment are also expected to grow. The Commission indicates that road transport already accounts for 84% of CO2 emissions attributable to transport.