Pan European Networks - Horizon 2020 - page 207

H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L
S O C I E TA L C H A L L E N G E S : T R A N S P O R T
“In all of my initiatives, such as smart cities, the
main objective will be to contribute to travellers’
needs and to set the conditions for the
European transport economy to flourish. As you
may have already understood, I strongly believe
in the role of both technical and non-technical
innovation, such as innovative business models
and innovative services, in this respect.”
The Transport Commissioner then emphasised
the importance of working with various
transport stakeholders throughout Europe,
developing “solid and fruitful working relations”
for the benefit of EU citizens. She added that
such a relationship is also important with MEPs
and EU member states.
“I hope you hear my sincere invitation for co-
operation, and I am looking forward to
co-creating a dynamic and proactive European
transport system together with you.”
It is envisaged that the Investment Plan for
Europe will have wide-ranging benefits for the
European transport sector. Despite the
Commission pledging to move some funding
from the CEF to the EFSI, significant investment
projects are likely to particularly benefit from
Jean-Claude Juncker’s grand plan.
projects, such as the Brussels urban mobility plan, the new metro line in
suburban Paris, or electromobility infrastructure in the Czech Republic.”
The commissioner continued her speech by discussing one of the pillars
of the Investment Plan for Europe – creating a suitable regulatory
investment environment – and discussed how achieving this aim would
benefit the European transport sector.
“The Investment Plan represents a real opportunity, but we should be
conscious that both public and private investments will only materialise
if we are capable of designing the right regulatory environment.
“To attract investors we need to cut red tape, to repeal obsolete
regulations and to make sure that new ones are as simple and as clear
as possible. This is why I am particularly committed to the ‘Regulatory
Fitness and Performance Programme’ (REFIT) initiative and why I want
our new initiatives to be based on thorough economic, social and
environmental impact assessments,” said Bulc.
“You may have noted that President Jean-Claude Juncker referred
specifically to three pending transport initiatives during his presentation
on the Investment Plan … the fourth railway package, the Single
European Sky and the Blue Belt initiatives. These are of primary
importance to make the transport sector attractive for investors, and
these are mentioned explicitly as priorities in my mission letter.
“Setting the right regulatory environment is a responsibility of the
European institutions but also of EU member states. This includes putting
in place an adequate infrastructure charging policy. We need to put in
practice the user-pays and polluter-pays principles. We need to make
sure that infrastructure revenues are reinvested in the infrastructure.”
Citizen centred
Summing up, Bulc described the European transport sector as a “growth
enabler” with great potential for “job creation”. She said that it is
important to connect the regions of Europe and move towards “an energy
efficient and low carbon economy”.
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Dublin Port has also
been identified as a
possible beneficiary of
EFSI funding
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