Transport is– and must be– for people. As commissioner responsible for transport, my guiding principle over the next five years will be to promote transport services that truly benefit Europeans. Free movement is one of the greatest freedoms for the citizens of Europe, and good transport is essential to this.
Europeans already enjoy modern transport of high quality. But ever-progressing economic integration raises many challenges for the future. With globalised supply chains, fewer and more efficient production sites, and just-in-time deliveries, Europe's economic growth potential also assumes further growth of its transport activities. As I pursue my work, I will promote these many benefits, proposing further market opening where this is in the general European interest.
At the same time, I will combat the harmful effects of transport activities, and promote policies and legislation that bring greater safety and security, ensure "de-carbonisation", overall sustainability, and a coherent economic, social and environmental approach to all modes of transport. I will promote clear enforceable passengers' rights, putting my emphasis on areas of genuine cross-border European priority, with unquestionable added-value of collective European action.