The European transport sector is currently facing a number of important technological, economic and social transformations. In order to turn these challenges into opportunities and modernise mobility and transport in Europe, the European Commission has recently come up with a major political initiative entitled "Europe on the Move", consisting of three "mobility packages".
The high-level conference on Clean Mobility (15-16/11/2018, Vienna), which was organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in cooperation with Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), aimed to reflect all these recent developments in the transport sector and the European Civil Society response to the ongoing "Europe on the Move" mobility packages.
The objective of the conference was to stimulate an open dialogue between civil society organisations, stakeholders, experts, and senior-level representatives of EU institutions and Member States about the progress made, and to identify current and future challenges in European transport policy and the next steps to be taken.
The conference began with keynote speeches by high-level policy-makers and civil society representatives, followed by three sessions which gave the participants an opportunity to take part in in‑depth discussions on:
- Intermodality and corridors, contributing to the current debate on the implementation of the TEN-T network and the Connecting Europe facility, while seeking to obtain a fully integrated intermodal network.
- Green mobility, exploring the ways for EU to decarbonise transport and meet its climate goals.
- Transport challenges for agglomerations and how to deal with them.
Who was invited?
Civil society and stakeholders, such as businesses, clusters, and NGOs, along with regions, authorities and decision-makers on European and national level involved in the policy-making and deployment of transport policies.
The conference took place at Wiener Börsensäle (Wipplingerstraße 34, 1010 Vienna), close to the Schottentor and Schottenring metro stations.