The importance of public transport for Europe's Green Recovery

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informatieve nota: The importance of public transport for Europe's Green Recovery

Practical information

  • Composition of Study Group
  • Administrator: Giorgia Andrea BORDIGNON, Assistant: Baiba SPUNDE 
  • Foreseen for the TEN section: 7 September 2022
  • Foreseen for the EESC plenary session: 21-22 September 2022

Background

The COVID-19 crisis has shown how essential public transport is for ensuring access to basic services and for ensuring their continuity. However, citizens' behaviour in terms of mobility has changed as a result of the crisis. This is due to the perceived risk of public spaces, including public transport. It is time now to focus on contributing to the Green Deal objectives and on developing strategies to ensure that the whole of society regains trust in public transport. Strategies are needed to improve mobility and make public transport more attractive and more accessible to citizens, especially those on low incomes.

This own-initiative opinion aims to raise questions about the upgrading of public transport. Public transport must be environmentally and people friendly. Another focus will be given to the question of the funding for public transport, and in particular whether public transport should be privatised or not as well as the working conditions for employees.