In 2001, the Commission adopted a White Paper on transport policy in order to face the challenges created by rapidly increasing freight and passenger transport:
• road congestion;
• environmental pressures;
• safety and quality of life problems.
These objectives are still relevant but, over the last five years, the context defining Europe’s transport policy has changed:
• Enlargement: whereas the EU-15 are suffering from congestion and pollution, accessibility remains the real problem for the EU-10.
• Globalisation is accelerating, further challenging Europe’s competitiveness and economic growth.
• Oil prices have increased dramatically.
• The Kyoto Protocol came into force, generating emission reduction commitments for Europe.
• Transport networks experienced particularly deadly terrorist attacks.
In order to adapt to these changes, the Commission has conducted a review of the original White paper, after consulting a wide range of stakeholders, creating a number of new tools to achieve its objective of sustainable transport. On 22 June the Commisison published the Communication, "Keep Europe Moving - Sustainable mobility for our continent", which is a mid-term review of the Commission’s 2001 White Paper.
Posted on 26th June 2006
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