The Permanent Study Group (PSG) "Implementation of the White Paper on Transport" was set up in April 2013 as a first step with regard to putting into practice the recommendations of the EESC opinion "Transport White Paper: getting civil society on board" (TEN/479).
The PSG's mission is to ensure that important pieces of EU legislation linked to the White Paper are elaborated with an adequate level of civil society participation. It proposes innovative ways of involving civil society in EU decision-making and policy implementation.
Participatory dialogue on TEN-T policy
The PSG strives to establish a dialogue between authorities, stakeholders and civil society on the TEN-T core network corridors. The concept was initiated by the Malmö conference "Shaping the Future of Core Network corridors" and reaffirmed by the Milan conference "Improved dialogue for smart and sustainable transport".
The "Talking transport" on-line platform was launched to support this two-way participatory dialogue.
The COP21 Paris Agreement commits all signatories to speeding up the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This reduction depends largely on transport, the second largest GHG-emitting sector. With this in mind, the PSG looked into "The impact of the conclusions of COP21 on European transport policy" (TEN/582), followed by the opinion "Decarbonisation of transport" (TEN/609).
The PSG contributes actively to opinions and closely monitors the European Commission's 2017 "mobility package" themes, such as market access measures, enforcement of social legislation and road charging.