After long trilogue negotiations, the European Parliament, European Commission and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the Road Infrastructure Safety Management Directive (RISM), aiming to improve road infrastructure safety management, to reduce both the number of accidents and their severity in Europe. This proposal has a concrete impact on the life of all European citizens as it targets road safety. ALDE actively contributed to set realistic targets, reduce administrative burdens for Member States and achieve a balanced proposal focusing on relevant provisions, such as the expansion of the road network and future-proof roads.
The EU is working to improve road safety. Representatives of the Romanian presidency of the Council today reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a proposal to strengthen road infrastructure management to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries.
Since the 1990s, digitalisation has been advancing at speed across all industrial sectors, public entities and society at large; and railways are no exception. Digital technologies already govern rail customers’ expectations, ticket reservation and purchasing habits, operators’ information and payments systems, but experts believe these technologies have much more to offer the sector. Digitalisation is key to industry competitiveness and has therefore become an EU priority.
The EU is stimulating the market for zero- and low-emission vehicles by encouraging their use in public procurement. On 11 February, the Romanian presidency reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a reform which will increase market certainty and help cut down overall transport emissions. The new rules will also strengthen the competitiveness of European industry in the expanding global markets for these new technologies. The agreement will now be submitted for confirmation by member states in the Council.
Local and regional authorities’ representatives from almost 80 countries have convened at the “Cities and Regions for Development Cooperation” forum to discuss urban development challenges and ways to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals at local and regional level.