The importance of public transport for Europe's Green Recovery

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Key points

The EESC:

  • recognises that public transport is a significant part of the answer to Europe's green post-pandemic recovery, both providing an answer to climate concerns and contributing to quality of life and access to economic, social and cultural life.
  • considers that achieving sustainable mobility needs strong political commitment from all actors and at all levels to ensure both high quality service and adequate condition and social protection for employees.
  • calls for strong social dialogue mechanisms to ensure that recovery strategies and measures meet the needs and expectations of all, and to make the sector economically and socially sustainable
  • calls for full compliance with public procurement procedures, and inclusion of mandatory service quality and social criteria in public transport service contracts.
  • considers good working conditions and motivated and well-trained staff essential for delivering high-quality service. Providing sufficiently staffed, accessible, affordable, safe, quality public transport services for everyone must be a priority objective for the EU.