Single European transport area: - extracts from the report by Mathieu GROSCH (EPP, BE)

Type: News   Reference: 81486   Duration: 00:05:02  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - EP
End production: 14/12/2011   First transmission: 14/12/2011
European Parliament debated today on the future of European transports, and on the road to establish a single European transport area. Mathieu Grosch's report (EPP, BE) first focuses on two goals : - the 50% reduction in the number of deaths and severe injuries on the road; - the internalisation of the external costs, which includes noise and pollution costs, of all forms of transport. Both goals having, in the Rapporteur's view, to be reviewed regularly, and not merely as part of the mid-term review. A third important point in the report is the harmonisation of working and social conditions for employees in the transport sector, as a major condition to ensure proper functioning of the European internal transport market. The Rapporteur insisted on the fact that the harmonisation of training, job access and working conditions for all carriers should, in the long term, lead to an harmonisation of salaries, preventing this way social dumping and distortions to competition. When it comes more peculiarly to sea transport, a special attention is driven to the Commission proposals on the liberalisation of port services and ground handling services : here too, the Report insists on the fact that any market liberalisation should promote the harmonisation of employment and social rules, and focus on service quality. The de-carbonisation of transport also continues to be an important political goal. In the view of the Rapporteur, clear standards should be set for all carriers, and relevant incentives should be created to ensure that all forms of transport increase their sustainability. The assessment of the sustainability of forms of transport should be based on objective criteria which include not only their use, but also their entire 'footprint', from creation and required infrastructure to disposal. Given that transport is dependent on oil, alternative and renewable energies should gain ever greater importance. But before even developing different technologies, all carriers should pay greater attention to energy saving solutions available today, such as driving style, supported by relevant training, the speedy creation of functional air space blocks, landing and take-off options and mobility plans which give greater space to buses, trams, etc. Key figures in the transport market : - the transport sector in the European Union accounts for some 5% of GDP and provides some 10 million job. - on average, 13.2% of the budget of private households is spent on transport goods and services. - in 2009 exports of machinery and equipment in the transport sector totalled EUR 454.7 billion, accounting for 41.5% of all exports from the EU27. In 2009 the EU registered its biggest trade surpluses in the areas of machinery and equipment in the transport sector (EUR 112.6 billion) and transport services (EUR 21.5 billion). - EU transport still depends on oil and oil products for 96% of its energy needs. - in 2010, the oil import bill was around € 210 billion for the EU.

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00:00:00 TITLE : Single European transport area: - extracts from the report by Mathieu GROSCH (EPP, BE) 00:00:05
00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT European Parliament Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (German) Mathieu Grosch (EPP, BE) English translation : -What is important to me, is that in our efficiency goal we meet economical efficiency, but also the aspect of environmental protection as well as correct working conditions. We need all different types of efficiency in a proper transport policy. We focus over the next decade so and made 31 clear proposals. First of all, on safety, this is particularly important in true road traffic, 400 000 people died on the street and very many injured, we have clear measures to cut this back, to reduce this by at least 50%. 00:00:10
00:00:20 SOUNDBITE (Lettonian) Krišjānis KARIŅŠ (EPP, LV) : English translation : - Within the European Union, a third of the energy consumption is accounted for by the transport sector, basically oil products, and those are imported to the tune of 80%. In term of transports and traffic, we are over-dependent on imported raw materials. And we have to drive that proportion down. There are 3 possible ways of achieving that : - first of all, we would have to make more efficient use of fuels, - we have to call for a higher proportion of bio-fuels - and thirdly, we could look at new technologies and think about electrical power. 00:01:28
00:01:48 SOUNDBITE (Czech) Olga SEHNALOVA (S&D, CZ) : English translation : - The European cohesion policy instrument must make sure that the infrastructure in all Member States is harmonized, based on the principle such as safety, and including the working conditions of professionals, of employees, because this sector employs about 10 million persons, that's an important factor, meet a quality of labour, training or safety at work, because transport is about people so their working condition must comply with the gravity of the consequences this work can have. 00:00:40
00:02:28 SOUNDBITE (German) Michael CRAMER (Greens/EFA, DE) English translation : - Transport is absorbing what are doing in other areas at the expense of great deal of tax money. So we need to see a change in transport. So I am very grateful that we managed to achieve a compromise that will reduce CO2 emissions by 2020 by 20% on the base of 1990 figures, not 2008, which is what the Commission wanted by 2030. So we tightened that up and I call on the Commission to take this on board, we can waste no time, we've got to get on with it. 00:00:37
00:03:05 SOUNDBITE (Italian) Antonio Cancian (EPP, IT) : English translation : - The main points I want to recall here are : the creation of a real single market in all transport sectors, these bureaucratic and technical hurdles are discouraging competition and are preventing costs of transport services from going down. We talk in particular about the railway sector. 5 years on from the Single Act we can't allow the present situation to continue, particularly when we could see transport as a way of helping the European economy pick up again. 00:00:34
00:03:39 SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) João FERREIRA : English translation : - Once again, we hear talk of price worthy goals, while actually achieving very different goals is actually on the agenda. The report talk about the environmental goals, energy efficiency, low carbon, interoperability, that's all great stuff. But actually we can see later on in the report what is really going to happen. Once again we see insistance on liberalizing the transport sector, that's to say privatising everything that could possibly be profitable, which will hurt people, who will see prices going up and safety going down, workers who will loose rights and be sacked, and financial economy will be deprived of a crucial instrument for growth. Each country has its own priorities and need in transport, and the level of their relative development depends on their unique characteristics, so the question is, whose interests will be served by a single transport policy ? The interests of multinationals in Europe who want to flood market quickly with low cost products is certainly very different from the interest of the people who, as it is happening in Portugal, see rail lines closed, and a massive increase in transport costs to comply with IMF and European Union recovery programme. 00:01:12
00:04:51 CUTAWAYS : 2 shots 00:00:11
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