CEDR Position paper on Road Transport
The EU transport policy with regard to financing the transport network is making a shift from a balanced multimodal development strategy.
The preference is given to the development and financing of transport modes which are considered to be more environmentally friendly than the road transport.
The new EU transport policy
The new EU transport policy might have a negative impact on the future of the road network and especially that of peripheral EU countries, where the network is still in the development stage, without city bypasses and with many unpaved roads.
On the other hand, the automotive industry is developing towards reducing CO2 emission from cars.
Alternative engine solutions are emerging.
Therefore, the needs for a developed road network with a reduced number of accidents and congestion will presumably remain high on the agenda.
CEDR and its NRA’s need to discuss and agree upon the role they want the road sector to play in the future.
This should be done in line with the White Paper launched by EU from 2011 and the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Union Guidelines for the Development of the Trans–European Transport Network
A CEDR paper should be created based on the existing situation in Europe and a realistic development of all different transport means and modes up to the year 2030.
CEDR and its members need:
– To have a better understanding of the implications of the EU White Paper and the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on Union Guidelines for the Development of the Trans–European Transport Network;
– To act as an expert group which informs GB and EB about developments in the field of European transport policy as well as other related international developments;
– To produce a Position Paper which can be used by CEDR and its NRA’s in their discussions with the EU, other institutions and Government officials.
The Task Group delivered its work to the Executive Board in 2015 and the content is being used in developing CEDR’s strategy.