EC agrees to create high level EU group to make the "Smart Move"
07 March 2012 - The first steps towards the further greening of road transport, while achieving the EU growth agenda, were agreed to by the European Commission (EC) and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) at the 2nd IRU/EU Road Transport Conference on "Efficient solutions for making road transport greener" held in Brussels last week.
Conference organisers, speakers and panellists agreed to establish a high level EU group, involving all relevant European Institutions and road passenger transport industry representatives, with the aim to create an action plan within the next 12 months that should lead to doubling the use of collective passenger transport by bus and coach in the next decade.
According to the Vice President of the European Commission Siim Kallas, “Greening road transport and contributing to economic growth are not two incompatible objectives. Quite the contrary, during our discussions, we identified a number of options to make the sector more efficient and to support growth. These include further integration of the internal market, reducing congestion, supporting innovation, and providing quality infrastructure... The renewed emphasis on road passenger transport will also facilitate economic exchanges..."
From left to right: IRU Secretary General Martin Marmy, IRU President Janusz Lacny, MEP, Vice President of the European People's Party, Corien Wortmann-Kool, EU Transport Council President and Danish Minister for Transport, Henrik Dam Kristensen, IRU General delegate to the EU, Michael Nielsen, President of the IRU GOods Transport Liaison Committe to the EU, Alexander Sakkers, Head of Vice-President Kallas Cabinet, Henrik Hololei, Director General, EC DG MOVE, Matthias Ruete, and Deputy Head of Vice-President Kallas Cabinet, Keir Fitch.