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1 n° 1 Directorate General for Energy and Transport Urban transport and Cohesion Policy Open Days 2006 Brussels, 11 October 2006 Eleni Kopanezou Head of Unit Clean Transport and Sustainable Development DG Energy and Transport European Commission

2 n° 2 Directorate General for Energy and Transport l Good transport is a key element of cities attractiveness u Connections to inter-urban and long distance networks (TEN-T) u Provide clean, efficient, affordable and effective intra-urban mobility l Cities in Europe face common challenges u Tackling congestion, accidents, pollution u Increase mobility for businesses and citizens

3 n° 3 Directorate General for Energy and Transport l What role for the private vehicle in cities? u Road transport plays important role in society and in daily life for social and economic reasons u We cannot build ourselves out of the problems l Europes Cities.... u Are different u Are in the best position to select the right mix of measures as part of a well-balanced and integrated approach u Are successful– change is possible!

4 n° 4 Directorate General for Energy and Transport l Creating sustainable urban mobility includes... u Making best use of infrastructure u Good co-ordination and co-operation between modes u Improving affordability, efficiency and effectiveness of public transport u Promoting clean and energy efficient modes u Developing good external links l Simple solutions dont exist!

5 n° 5 Directorate General for Energy and Transport l Funding is a key question for the future u Important role for public budgets, but they are everywhere under pressure u Revenues from users u Cohesion Policy (see ideas....) u Banks can provide funds and expertise (EIB, EBRD,....) u Private funding (PPPs), but this requires stability and long term strategic vision

6 n° 6 Directorate General for Energy and Transport l Urban transport is an area where expectations from the EU are high but the competences of the EU are limited (subsidiarity) l The EU can add value by u Playing the role of catalyst, and give frameworks as appropriate, to encourage decision-makers u Promoting research and the spread of best practice u Integrating urban transport concerns into EU policies u Examining whether there are obstacles to urban transport policy at the EU level and remove them

7 n° 7 Directorate General for Energy and Transport l For example, EU already offers support to cities through different means, such as u CIVITAS Initiative u URBACT u RTD Framework Programme u Intelligent Energy Europe (STEER) u Guidance on sustainable urban transport plans u ELTIS

8 n° 8 Directorate General for Energy and Transport l Green Paper on urban transport in 2007 l What is the potential added value to action at the local level? u Are there fields where there is consensus to develop joint solutions of common European interest? u This might imply harmonisation, co-operation and/or coordination at European level l Stakeholders invited to become involved in preparation of Green Paper, and in the debate that will follow

9 n° 9 Directorate General for Energy and Transport Thank you for your attention!


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