In an opinion adopted at the EESC's October plenary session, the Committee backs the EU's aim of ensuring clean, competitive and connected mobility integrating all means of transport by 2025, and urges the Commission to further improve the regulatory framework in order to establish an efficient Single European Transport Area.
This was the message of an EESC opinion adopted at the plenary session on 18 October, drawn up by rapporteur Ulrich Samm (Employers, DE) and co-rapporteur Brian Curtis (Workers, UK).
The EESC supports the mobility agenda set out by the European Commission and welcomes the attempt to resolve some outstanding single market transport issues while taking account of human and labour rights as well as environmental aspects.
However, the EESC urges the European Commission to further refine the proposed legislative changes.
"Transport will be revolutionised by digitalisation, providing better quality, convenience, flexibility, affordability and safety in services for consumers and businesses," noted Mr Samm.
Electric vehicles can help to reduce air pollution locally, while a clean electricity generation policy is essential in order to reach the EU's global GHG objectives. The EESC notes the discrepancy between the anticipated emissions reduction (13%) in road transport under this package and the 18-19% that the transport sector would need to contribute towards achieving the 2030 climate targets. It therefore emphasises that the production of clean electricity is a vital precondition for successfully introducing electric vehicles into the mass market. (mp)