Plans for more efficient transport would connect Europe's road, rail, air and water networks, cut dependence on oil imports and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A new European transport plan aims to increase mobility and further integrate the EU's transport networks - while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the bloc's dependence on imported oil.
Measures to encourage major infrastructure investments, change the way freight moves and people travel would boost economic competitiveness and create jobs.
The plan - with goals to be met by 2050 - focuses on travel within cities and between cities, and on long distance journeys. It includes calls for:
Reaching these targets would help the EU achieve a 60% cut in greenhouse gases from all modes of transport by 2050.
Seamlessly linking road, rail, air and water transport modes would create a more efficient EU-wide transport network, making it easier for people and freight to travel.
The plan would interconnect, by 2020, Europe's passenger and freight transport information, management and payment systems. By 2050, all major airport hubs would have (preferably) high-speed connections to the rail network. All core seaports would be connected to the rail freight network and, where possible, to inland waterways.
At the same time, the EU would extend and coordinate "user pays" and "polluter pays" principles to finance its transport infrastructure.
Other measures would:
Transport is vital to the economy, job growth and our quality of life. The industry directly employs 10 million people and accounts for about 5% of the EU's gross domestic product. The average household spends 13% of its budget on transport.