More goods should be transported via rail and water. Electric and innovative transport means should also become more normal in day-to-day transport The EPP Group has strived for this in the White Paper on Transport to be voted on Wednesday.
The alternatives will benefit the economy, environment and decrease traffic jams on the roads and in the air. To turn this into reality, the EU has to rethink its policies.
"The EPP Group suggests that we start making waterways and rail transport more financially attractive. For example, the Juncker Investment Fund could help here", said Wim van de Camp MEP, Rapporteur on the White Paper on Transport. Despite all the EU's efforts and good intentions, the market share of inland waterways has stagnated at around 6.5% after almost 20 years.
In his own-initiative Report, Van de Camp stresses that transport is a crucial economic sector that can support growth. More efficiency in the transport business could increase the earning capacity for millions of European companies. Van de Camp said: "Unfortunately, too many MEPs and political Groups only see transport as a burden. This is unrealistic: we need trucks, trains and planes to get ourselves and our goods to the place we want them.”
Van de Camp proposes cutting carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050. "It is clear that we need to dramatically reduce Europe’s dependence on imported oil", he argues. The EPP Group is striving for more investment in intelligent transport technology, like special subway tunnels. Also, more public and electric means of transport could facilitate transport and traffic in Europe.
The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 217 Members from 27 Member States