A dynamic and ambitious policy
Transport is a sector of vital importance to Europe. It comprises one of the EU’s most significant fields of action and has a major impact on social and environmental wellbeing in both cities and rural areas.
Progress in the transport sector clearly involves building better and greener infrastructure, which will boost economic growth and enhance trade. But it also means cutting CO2 emissions and energy consumption, and tackling congestion and lack of access which can isolate individuals – especially elderly or disabled people – in their homes. Thanks to the expertise of our members in the TEN Section (Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and Information Society), the EESC examines and assesses EU transport policies from the point of view of the needs and interests of all segments of European civil society.
Mobility is essential for Europe’s prosperity and for free movement of citizens. The negative impact of mobility in terms of energy use and environmental quality must be reduced. European transport policy must conform to the three pillars of sustainable development, in particular when it comes to building new infrastructure. Planning and investment should promote economic growth, social wellbeing and environmental protection. To achieve a well-functioning and competitive single market in a growing Union, first-rate transport systems are essential.
Involving civil society actors
More than half of the TEN Section’s opinions each year relate to transport. Most of them are drawn up in response to a request from the European Commission and Council. But we also produce own-initiative and exploratory opinions on topical and newly emerging transport questions.
It is recognised that achieving the EU's ambitions in the field of transport require stronger and more inclusive involvement of the civil society in both policy making and policy‑implementation. The Section has set up a permanent study group to promote a high level of civil society participation and involvement on transport related decision-making processes.