OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – A European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (11 October 2017)

A summary of the Committee’s consideration of the draft opinion is now available.

EP IMCO Committee – 11 October 2017
10.  A European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems
– Consideration of draft opinion
– Deadline for tabling amendments:25 October 2017, 12.00
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The Rapporteur Matthijs van Miltenburg (ALDE, NL) made the following opening remarks

  • Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) brought along important opportunities and economic growth for the internal market and for the transport sector which underwent transformational changes;
  • expressed his contentment with the Commission’s proposed strategy since C-ITS played an essential role in making transport safe, effective and sustainable;
  • however, the strategy was only the first step and it could not be stressed enough that to keep the EU on course  legal certainty on what rules applied were necessary to protect consumers’ privacy;
  • they would need to know how companies and the EU institutions dealt with their data, in particular with regards to vehicle data showing allowing conclusions on their driving behaviour without consent from the consumer;
  • highlighted the importance of technical harmonisation and standardisation with regards to common definitions and data in order to guarantee the successful implementation;
  • expressed his enthusiasm with the part of the strategy dealing ensuring an exchange of best practices and encouraged the Commission to continue promoting this;
  • a specific paragraph addressed cross-border test projects which still needed to be followed up financially;
  • in particular “C-roads” were an example for the potential of know-how exchange to produce common specifications ensuring interoperability;
  • called on the IMCO committee to place its confidence in the Commission through delegated acts encouraging it to produce a new series of proposals and oversee the process on the field and have the right measures available to react to technological changes, such as core technologies, ethical changes and new moral dilemma, in time;
  • so far the opinion was quite short, but he was prepared to make the necessary changes regarding 5G, frequencies, cybersecurity, consumer protections and to subjects of other committees in order to formulate a complete and compact opinion allowing the TRAN Committee to continue its work to overcome the existing challenge and make C-ITS a successful EU policy.

Cristian-Silviu Buşoi (EPP, RO)

  • EPP supported the C-ITS realisation, including Article 3 of the opinion ensuring consumers rights to privacy and protection of personal data;
  • agreed that a framework for the harmonisation of data was necessary for the successful introduction of C-ITS and interoperability on all levels;
  • the main partners for the Commission had to be national transport ministries and other professional bodies;
  • perceived the C-Roads platform as an important coordinative body for the introduction and testing of C-ITS and called for the continuous investment and support for the development of high-speed infrastructure in order to ensure the technical functioning of C-ITS;
  • emphasised the need to pay specific attention to cybersecurity in order to avoid abuses and protect consumers’ privacy and trust in C-ITS.

Marc Tarabella (S&D, BE)

  • 26,000 annual road deaths and 125,000 annual injuries on European roads caused a loss of around 1% of GDP in the EU, while traffic congestion caused a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, therefore, solutions respecting these numbers were needed;
  • Van Miltenburg’s draft opinion went into the right direction when it came to safety, sustainability and consumer protection and needed to include certain priorities, in particular consumer protection, cybersecurity and safety, the prevention of job losses caused by automation and dialogue with the relevant social and economic partners.

Baroness Mobarik (ECR, UK) spoke on behalf of Dan Dalton (ECR, UK)

  • the ECR largely welcomed the opinion since the EU needed to position itself to take advantage of C-ITS;
  • the Commission strategy was on the right track by highlighting the need for real life piloting and provided a blueprint for future investment;
  • named the connected corridor between London and Dover as an example for the development of wireless services;
  • standardisation and interoperability were essential and provided a clear incentive to launch products on the market;
  • the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands were working together to connect the UK corridor with the European corridors to eventually allow the seamless delivery of digital services across borders;
  • called for standardisation to be emphasised in the opinion.

Source: One Policy Place

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