OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee – Europe on the Move: an agenda for the future of mobility in the EU (27 February 2018)

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

EP TRAN Committee Meeting – 27 February 2018
20. Europe on the Move: an agenda for the future of mobility in the EU·Consideration of draft report
·Consideration of draft report
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The Rapporteur István Ujhelyi (S&D, HU) made the following opening remarks

  • explained that the report was very general due to the broad range of mobility issues dealt with in the Communication from the Commission and sought to involve all shadow rapporteurs to define all interests of the political groups and divide who was doing what which had yielded great results;
  • the Commission proposal talked about all aspects of mobility and how to make the sector more competitive;
  • the social and environmental aspects built the basic theme but several paragraphs of the report concerned the two aspects dealt with in other more specific reports, automation and digitalisation;
  • the three main parts were: the changes of the transport sector, the methodologies and how research and development could support the report, and the question of how the needs of the society and consumers have changed;
  • the draft report implemented a holistic approach comprising the clearer objectives on safety, accessibility and development.

Interventions by shadow rapporteurs followed

Luis de Grandes Pascual (EPP, ES)

  • the report had a general basis as it covered many different aspects and he welcomed the draft reports balanced approach;
  • highlighted the importance with regards to the irreversible societal impact of smart technologies in the transport sector;
  • further amendments concerning safety and legal issues were needed.

Matthijs van Miltenburg (ALDE, NL)

  • welcomed the general approach of the draft report which nevertheless set the emphasis on innovation, digitalisation, safety and sustainability. The latter aspects, including measures such as the Eurovignette reforms, on the basis of the polluter-pays principle, offered large potential for increased competitiveness and economic growth and was essential for establishing a level playing field for all modes of transport;
  •  innovation and digitalisation for green and smart transport had to be integrated and he called for progress on resolving technical problems through standardisation and on ensuring privacy and data protection;
  • pointed out the importance of the report’s mentioning of the need for digital skills in the EU work force;
  • road safety had to be improved and the EU had to become a global leader, enabled by automatic vehicles which had to interact with non-automated vehicles.

Jakop Dalunde (Greens/EFA, SE)

  • welcomed the report anticipating the future and agreed to prioritise encouraging the consumers to chose more environmentally-friendly vehicles through the deployment of the polluter-pays principle;
  • incentives for consumers were needed, payed for by those people buying polluting cars in the form of road charging. This was essential for making cities more liveable.

Interventions by other members followed

Wim van de Camp (EPP, NL)

  • called for greater emphasis on the ideas of multimodality, modal shift and mobility as a service as core concepts in the draft report in order to achieve an all-encompassing INI report, as laid out in the 2011 White Paper on Transport.

Pavel Telička (ALDE, CZ)

  • since the goal of the draft report was to provide a strategic outlook, called for an assessment of the current situation and environment in the transport sector.

Ismail Ertug (S&D, DE)

  • the report was helping to anticipate future trends in the transport sector as was important since the publication of the 2011 White Paper on Transport a lot had happened, as highlighted the court’s decision on diesel bans in German cities;
  • with regards to digitalisation, data protection was important but since it changed everything education policy and the car manufacturing value chains had to adapt to that. Other technologies had to be incorporated to move away from diesel cars in the transition period to zero-emission vehicles;
  • while embracing electrification, the EU car industry had to be enabled to stay competitive by the EU in the area of charging infrastructure, vis-a-vis China taking a more pro-active approach.

Gesine Meissner (ALDE, DE)

  • welcomed the future-oriented nature of the draft report but pointed out the need to focus on the impact of digitalisation on all transport modes by including all stakeholders in the process and asked about specifics on rail and shipping;
  • called for increasing the efficiency of the transport sector.

Chair Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, FR)

  • highlighted the importance of anticipating the climate requirements of the future transport system in order to meet the EU climate targets and fight air pollution;
  • mobility in the future had to be accessible for all people which meant a reduction of costs;
  • asked about the specific requirements in order to enable connectivity across all modes for which access to data, security and territorial cohesion were essential in times of a collaborative economy;
  • underlined the need for a reconversion of the automotive industry in Europe independent from fossil fuels also requiring behavioural changes.

The Representative from the Commission made the following remarks

  • the Commission was planning on publishing the Third Mobility Package in May 2018 including chapters on road safety while at the same time presenting a package on data also tackling the problems that had been identified in the Committee;
  • the social and education aspects were also important for the Commission which had launched a study on both and the information would be shared at the end of the internal review of the intermediate report. Another aspect of this report were the rural aspects of mobility on which, thanks to the Parliament, a contract was going to be published in near time;
  • called for the inclusion of the concept of multimodality in the report.

The Rapporteur István Ujhelyi (S&D, HU)  made the following closing remarks

  • the debate had underlined the importance of solving the pressing transport issues in both urban and rural areas;
  • was welcoming the proposal of ideas, rather than concrete amendments, on the inclusion of further important aspects improving the lives of EU citizens, due to the general nature of the joint report in order to provide an asset for EU citizens.

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