Subject: Traffic - especially goods traffic - is constantly
increasing throughout Europe’s road network. Forecasts are very
clear: by 2020, freight transport will have increased by more than
70% in the European Union. The result will not only be gridlock on
the roads, but also damage to the environment, more accidents and
the danger that European business will become less competitive.
Is there a solution ? Yes : the sea. It appears to be an
increasingly credible alternative for transporting goods between
Member States. The European Union is aiming to develop what it
calls "motorways of the sea" all around Europe.
In concrete terms, the idea is to establish high-quality maritime
links between a limited number of selected ports located at
strategic points on Europe's coastline. This will reinforce
economic and territorial cohesion between outlying and insular
areas and the centre of the European union.
All this means starting to think differently….
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