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European Commission unveils agenda for “safe, clean and connected mobility”

Author: Richard Adams
Posted on: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 18:38

The third and final package of measures in the European Commission's "Europe on the Move" agenda were unveiled on Thursday 17 May. "Safe, connected, and clean mobility" builds on the previous two sets of measures, which came out in May and November 2017 respectively.  

The objective of the initiatives is to allow citizens within the European Union to benefit from safer traffic, less polluting vehicles, and more advanced technological solutions, whilst supporting the competitiveness of EU industry.

The package consists of:

  • A Communication outlining a new road safety policy framework for 2020-2030. It is accompanied by two legislative initiatives on vehicle and pedestrian safety, and on infrastructure safety management;
  • A dedicated communication on Connected and Automated Mobility to make Europe a world leader for autonomous and safe mobility systems;
  • Legislative initiatives on CO2 standards for trucks, on their aerodynamic design, on tyre labelling and on a common methodology for fuels price comparison. These are accompanied by a Strategic Action Plan for Batteries. The measures reaffim the EU's objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport and meet the Paris Agreement commitments.
  • Two legislative initiatives establishing a digital environment for information exchange in transport;
  • A legislative initiative to streamline permitting procedures for projects on the core trans-European transport network (TEN-T).

Collectively, the measures are intended to ensure a smooth transition towards a mobility system which is safe, clean, and connected and automated. They should also help create an environment that allows EU companies to manufacture the best, cleanest and most competitive products.

Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc commented: "Over the past year, this Commission has put forward initiatives addressing the challenges of today and paving the way for the mobility of tomorrow. Today's measures constitute a final and important push so that Europeans can benefit from safe, clean and smart transport".

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