Almost ten years after the White Paper “Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and Resource efficient transport system”, the European Commission is now preparing its future “European Strategy for a Sustainable and Smart Mobility”.
eu travel tech believes that the new strategy should take the following elements into consideration:
- The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the European Transport sector is unprecedented and shall be fully taken into account by this new strategy. It shall be an opportunity for the European Commission to repair the short-term damage but also to address the long-term challenges faced by the sector by building a more competitive, more resilient travel industry.
- The EU should therefore be leading multimodal offerings globally: its transport system provides unique possibilities for the combination of all modes of transport, making travel more efficient but also more sustainable, allowing travellers to adopt the less
polluting modes of transport whenever possible.
- Reconciling the need for seamless mobility with Europe’s decarbonisation objectives calls for a rethink of European mobility. Further developing a multimodal framework is a clear solution to this issue as it would facilitate the shift towards low-emission transport modes by moving passengers to more sustainable alternatives.
- To truly unleash the potential of multimodality, access to fare data from all travel services providers must be ensured. Pooling data from all transport modes into a single system – and allowing travel agencies and consumers to benefit from the vast transport network Europe has to offer – is the only solution to overcome what has, up to now, been a fragmented transport ecosystem
Read below eu travel tech’s full submission to feed the preparation of the European for Sustainable and Smart Mobility.