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Interconnected Europe

6 May 2011
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The European Commission has presented a new European transport plan which aims to create an integrated European transport zone by connecting Europe’s road, rail, water and air networks.
The plan (with goals to be met by 2050) focuses on facilitating travel between and within cities, as well as long distance journeys. It calls for:

  • cities to completely phase out petrol cars;
  • shifting to rail or water 50% of all passenger and freight road transport currently making intercity journeys of more than 300km;
  • airlines to increase their use of sustainable low-carbon fuels to 40%;
  • shipping to cut 40% off its carbon emissions.

Reaching these targets would help the EU achieve a 60% cut in greenhouse gases from all modes of transport and the region’s dependence on imported oil by 2050.
The EU would extend and coordinate “user pays” and “polluter pays” principles to finance its transport infrastructure.
The vision of Interconnected Europe also envisages:

  • encouraging new technologies, fuels and traffic management systems;
  • coordinating by 2020 the management of national air traffic control systems through the EU Single European Sky programme, and extending this to the 58 countries of the European Common Aviation Area;
  • deploying intelligent transport management systems;
  • halving road casualties by 2020 and close to zero fatalities by 2050.

More:
http://ec.europa.eu/news/transport/110328_en.htm

Interconnected Europe

The European Commission has presented a new European transport plan which aims to create an integrated European transport zone by connecting Europe’s road, rail, water and air networks. The plan (with goals to be met by 2050) focuses on facilitating travel between and within cities, as well as long distance journeys. It calls for:
  • cities to completely phase out petrol cars;
  • shifting to rail or water 50% of all passenger and freight road transport currently making intercity journeys of more than 300km;
  • airlines to increase their use of sustainable low-carbon fuels to 40%;
  • shipping to cut 40% off its carbon emissions.
Reaching these targets would help the EU achieve a 60% cut in greenhouse gases from all modes of transport and the region's dependence on imported oil by 2050. The EU would extend and coordinate "user pays" and "polluter pays" principles to finance its transport infrastructure. The vision of Interconnected Europe also envisages:
  • encouraging new technologies, fuels and traffic management systems;
  • coordinating by 2020 the management of national air traffic control systems through the EU Single European Sky programme, and extending this to the 58 countries of the European Common Aviation Area;
  • deploying intelligent transport management systems;
  • halving road casualties by 2020 and close to zero fatalities by 2050.
More: http://ec.europa.eu/news/transport/110328_en.htm