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Opinion Number: CDR 952/2022
Rapporteur: GAASCH Linda
Commission: COTER
Status: Adopted
Date: 11/10/2022
 
Adopted on 8 May 2023, the EP resolution takes up a series of recommendations set out in the CoR opinion, including on the need to address transport poverty and to examine possible financial incentives such as reduced price mobility schemes or other forms of mobility support. It also echoes the CoR's call for an EU car-free day and for targeted road safety measures such as 30 km/h speed limits in certain areas of cities in order to further untap the potential contribution of active mobility to the green transition. On multimodality, the EP resolution echoes the CoR's call for EU support to accelerate progress towards single-ticketing across all public transport modes and for policy measures to facilitate interchange between different transport modes, including active and micro-mobility.
As an observer member of the European Commission's reformed Expert Group on Urban Mobility (EGUM), the CoR and will continue to support the uptake of these and other recommendations set out in the CoR opinion in the group's work on the preparation of the European Commission's future guidelines and policy recommendations in the field of urban mobility.

THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- highlights that the significant modal shift towards public and active transport modes envisaged by the new UMF and the SSMS will only be possible with strengthened and coordinated support from public authorities at EU, national and local and regional levels; insists […] that the European Commission should reinforce direct consultation of European cities and their associations in its ongoing and future work on indicators for SUMPs;

- recalls the chronic underfunding of public transport infrastructure over recent decades, and emphasises the need to increase EU funding to accelerate the mobility transition and support LRAs in the investments required to meet the EU's sustainability targets;

- emphasises the environmental and societal benefits of active mobility such as walking and cycling, including particularly in the domain of public health, and calls for an ambitious approach in the forthcoming updated SUMP guidance;

- regrets […] that the most polluting transport modes in cities occupy the largest part of public space dedicated to mobility; requests urgently that the European Commission encourage, through new financing, local authorities to give this space back to more active mobility and strong and well-structured public transport; [recalls that] about half of all motorised trips for the transport of goods within European cities could be shifted to bicycles;

- highlights the importance of the development and modernisation of rail infrastructure, especially in areas where there is evidence of significant deterioration, and [of] developing support schemes; insists that revenue from the CO2 tax should be channelled into the rail or cycling network ;

- emphasises that the need to address mobility poverty is critical in the interests of social, economic and territorial cohesion; points to the need for measures to encourage the deployment of on-demand public transport services, especially in peripheral and outermost rural areas, and calls on the Commission to provide support; calls also for additional support for smaller cities;

- calls for an EU-wide exchange of best practices on the affordability of public transport; further asks the European Commission to conduct a study on the feasibility of implementing a free public transport system across the EU in order to incentivise modal shift.

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EP Resolution adopted - 8 May 2023

The EP resolution takes up a series of recommendations set out in the CoR opinion, including on the need to address transport poverty and to examine possible financial incentives such as reduced price mobility schemes or other forms of mobility support. It also echoes the CoR's call for an EU car-free day and for targeted road safety measures such as 30 km/h speed limits in certain areas of cities in order to further untap the potential contribution of active mobility to the green transition. On multimodality, the EP resolution echoes the CoR's call for EU support to accelerate progress towards single-ticketing across all public transport modes and for policy measures to facilitate interchange between different transport modes, including active and micro-mobility.
As an observer member of the European Commission's reformed Expert Group on Urban Mobility (EGUM), the CoR and will continue to support the uptake of these and other recommendations set out in the CoR opinion in the group's work on the preparation of the European Commission's future guidelines and policy recommendations in the field of urban mobility.

 
08 May
 

Adoption by TRAN committee of draft EP resolution on the New Urban Mobility Framework

Uptake of a series of recommendations from the CoR opinion (incl. recommendation for an EU-wide car-free day, improved road safety measures such as a 30 km/h speed limit in certain urban areas, awareness-raising for drivers and protection of vulnerable road users, improved infrastructure for walking and cycling ,multi-modal ticketing).

 
20 Mar
 

Adoption of report by REGI Committee - 20 March 2023

Uptake of a series of recommendations from the CoR opinion (incl. recommendation for an EU-wide car-free day, improved road safety measures such as a 30 km/h speed limit in certain urban areas, awareness-raising for drivers and protection of vulnerable road users, improved infrastructure for walking and cycling ,multi-modal ticketing).

 
20 Mar
 

EP Resolution calling for an EU Cycling Strategy - 16 February 2023 - takes up a series of CoR recommendations

The resolution adopted by the European Parliament calls on the European Commission to table a dedicated EU Cycling Strategy to leverage the important potential for modal shift - both for individual passenger mobility and urban logistics; it takes up a series of recommendations set out in the CoR's opinion on the Urban Mobility Framework (need for reinforced EU measures in favour of safe cycling, relevance of a 30 km/h speed limit in certain parts of urban areas, wider deployment of bike storage, charging and repair facilities incl. in multimodal transport hubs and train stations, incentivisation of bike and e-bike purchases).

 
16 Feb
 

EU Road Safety Results Conference 2022

The COTER Chair was invited by Commissioner VALEAN to take part in the opening session of the 2022 edition of the EU Road Safety Results Conference together with EP TRAN Chair, Karima Delli, and Martin Kupka, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Czech Council Presidency. Mr BOC delivered an introductory statement on behalf of the CoR and took part in the subsequent panel discussion, drawing notably on the key messages set out in the CoR opinion on the New Urban Mobility Framework.

 
08 Dec
 

Annual meeting of the POLIS (Cities and Regions for Transport Innovation) Political Group

The rapporteur was invited to address the Political Group of the POLIS Network, which brings together mayors and transport policy advisors from cities and regions across the EU. Together with EP TRAN Chair, Karima Delli, and EU Cities Mission Manager, Patrick Child, Ms GAASCH gave an introductory statement on behalf of the CoR and took part in the subsequent strategic discussion with POLIS members.

 
02 Dec
 

Expert Group on Urban Mobility (EGUM)

Participation of the CoR in the first meeting of the reformed Expert Group on Urban Mobility (EGUM).

 
25 Oct
 

Participation of rapporteur Linda Gaasch in EP REGI Committee meeting

The rapporteur presented the key messages of the CoR opinion during the discussion of the report by the REGI Committee (associated Committee) on the New Urban Mobility Framework.
The intervention by was well received, with several REGI members expressing their support for the key messages highlighted. REGI Chair Younous Omarjee thanked the CoR for its input and commented on the REGI Committee's role at the interface between cohesion and sustainable mobility. He also recalled REGI's responsibility for urban-rural connectivity and the urgent need to mitigate increasing social fragmentation by ensuring improved connectivity, as highlighted by the CoR opinion.

 
24 Oct
 

Recommendations from CoR opinion taken up in AMs tabled in TRAN Committee.

 
20 Oct
 

Recommendations from CoR opinion taken up in AMs tabled in TRAN Committee

A series of the recommendations set out in the CoR opinion were taken up in amendments tabled by members of the EP's TRAN Committee.

 
20 Oct
 

Opinion covered in Forbes business magazine

Key messages of the CoR opinion and interview with the rapporteur included in the following article published by Forbes magazine:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2022/10/12/boost-walking-cycling-and-public-transit-demand-local-leaders-from-eus-committee-of-the-regions/?sh=8c0aa025ff77

 
14 Oct
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