200 business leaders and politicians discuss future of bus and coach transport i
Brussels, December 4, 2009
Some 200 business leaders, Members of the European Parliament, representatives of EU Member States and the EU institutions, NGOs, and journalists were present at the various events organised during the first European Bus and Coach Day in Brussels on 2 December). The events featured a dedicated workshop on the role and contribution of private bus and coach transport, a display of the winners of this year’s “Grand Award Bus Kortrijk” and “Grand Award Coach Kortrijk” on the esplanade of the European Parliament, as well as the European Inauguration of the “Smart Move” campaign, hosted by the MEP Michael Cramer (Greens/EFA).
The European private bus and coach industry used the opportunity to call upon EU policy decision makers to set the objective of doubling the use of collective passenger transport by bus and coach in the future EU White Paper on the European Transport Policy.
Achieving this objective in Europe alone would reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50 million tonnes per year, road fatalities by over 3000 per year, congestion in cities at zero cost for taxpayers subsequent to an expected 10-15% reduction in car traffic, and create 4 million new jobs.
See more here & read the press release (EN / FR)