On the occasion of the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Friends of Industry – focused on key issues such as Digitisation, Investments, Sustainability and Trade – 18 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Spain) signed the so-called ‘Berlin Declaration’ on 30th June 2017.
EU CYCLING STRATEGY
On Friday 16th June 2017, the EU Cycling Strategy recommendations were handed to European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, on the stage of Velo-city 2017 in Arnhem-Nijmegen
The EU Cycling Strategy contains recommendations directed at all levels of governance and addresses behaviour change, infrastructure, vehicle regulation, multimodality and intelligent transport systems. Taking into consideration the wider political framework, the EU Cycling Strategy focuses on how cycling can deliver jobs and growth through a financial and fiscal level playing field and a robust European bicycle industry. The objective is to put cycling on an equal status to other modes of transport in terms of policies and investments while showcasing the clear added value of the European level in the process.
This EU Cycling Strategy calls upon the European Commission to unlock the potential for creating jobs and decarbonising the transport system by developing a EU Cycling Strategy as part of the Commission Work Programme 2018 or subsequent initiatives.
EU STRATEGY ON COOPERATIVE INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS (C-ITS)
In November 2016, the European Commission published a European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, which can be seen as a milestone for cooperative, connected and automated mobility. Nowadays vehicles are already connected devices but in the very near future they will also interact directly with each other and with the road infrastructure. This interaction is the domain of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), which will allow road users and traffic managers to share and use information, as well as to coordinate their actions.
EU STRATEGY FOR LOW-EMISSION MOBILITY
In July 2016, the European Commission presented its ‘European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility’. The strategy features ‘a package of measures to accelerate the transition to low- emissions in the Transport sector, following the EU’s goal set during the Paris Agreement and within the framework of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.
The Road Transport sector in Europe is responsible for over 70% of the transport greenhouse gas emissions, therefore the transition to a low-emissions mobility is needed and should not be delayed: in this context, the Investment Plan for Europe and the efforts of cities and local authorities are pivotal to encourage a modal shift towards active travel (Cycling) and shared mobility schemes (E-Bike sharing).
MOVING CYCLING FORWARD – A Coordinated Approach to Cycling for Local and Regional Authorities in the EU
In May 2016, the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) published its report ‘Moving Cycling Forward’, which presents a coordinated approach to cycling for local and regional authorities in the EU. The analysis gives an overview of the current state of cycling mobility in the European Union and of the benefits deriving from cycling as a means of transport. It examines the challenges linked to making cycling a regular transport mode and looks at what is being done across the EU to address the problems identified.
DECLARATION OF LUXEMBOURG – CYCLING AS A CLIMATE FRIENDLY TRANSPORT MODE
On October 7th, 2015, an Informal Council Meeting of EU Transport Ministers took place in Luxembourg to discuss Green Jobs and Investments in the EU Bicycle Industry and the contribution of the Cycling Economy to Growth in Europe. The EU Transport Ministers and State Secretaries adopted the “Declaration on Cycling as a climate friendly Transport Mode”, which foresees an European focal point for cycling within the European Commission to serve as (a) a one-stop-shop for cycling related questions, (b) to facilitate the exchange of best practices among Member States.