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Transformation is Possible. Roadmaps for the Future of Transport in Europe

Conference - EESC, room JDE62 and JDE51 - Rue Belliard 99., 1040 Brussels, Belgium

"Transformation is Possible. Roadmaps for the Future of Transport in Europe"

European Stakeholders express their views

Since early 2013, the FP7 project TRANSFORuM has been developing “stakeholder driven” roadmaps towards the implementation of the European Commission’s White Paper on Transport. Four goals mentioned in this strategic document are TRANSFORuM’s particular focus:

  • Clean urban mobility (phasing out conventionally fuelled cars; essentially CO2-free city logistics)
  • Long-distance freight (shifting 50% of road freight over 300 km to rail and waterborne transport)
  • High-speed rail (a majority of medium-distance passengers will use rail, rather than cars or planes)
  • Defining the framework for a multimodal transport information, management and payment system

TRANSFORuM conducted online and paper surveys, engaged practitioners in social media discussions, interviewed almost 40 experts and – most importantly – discussed key issues with around 150 stakeholders in various workshops all across Europe to ensure we capture the whole breadth of stakeholders’ views on the future of transport.

The conclusions are of highest relevance for all players in the European transport arena, including policy makers, businesses, service providers, operators etc. They are also extremely important as input for the forthcoming review of the Transport White Paper, which Maroš Šefčovič announced as a priority during the hearing of his candidacy as EU Commissioner in front of the European Parliament. Also the new EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, pointed in this direction during her hearing. She implied that the White Paper remains highly valid and needs to be filled with life through "a constant collaboration and constant communication with those that share the vision of the future."

All roadmaps will be released to and discussed with the public at the TRANSFORuM conference on 8 December 2014. There will be plenty opportunities for discussion and to expand your network in break-out sessions, during coffee breaks and in panels with high-level representatives of the European Commission and influential actors from the private sector.

Come and join us. Create the future!