Information and Notes to Editors
transport research programme forms part of the Fourth Framework
Programme, which set out the activities to be launched by
the European Community in the field of Research and Technological
Development (RTD) between 1994 and 1998.
transport programme focused on helping to achieve the objectives
of the Community's Common Transport Policy (CTP), namely efficient
and cost-effective transport networks for goods and passengers
while minimising both energy consumption and the social and
environmental impacts of transport. The Commission has contributed
ECU 270 million Euro to the programme, with further funding
(often 50%) coming from project partners and their sponsors.
transport programme has financed around 280 projects within
seven main areas of research: strategic research; rail transport;
air transport; waterborne transport; road transport; urban
transport; and integrated transport chains. The programme
was set up by the former DGVII (Transport), and is now managed
by the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. Altogether
46 projects and concerted actions were commissioned on research
into the economic aspects of transport, with a total EU contribution
of 73 million Euro.
Under the Fifth Framework Programme, which started up in 1999,
transport policy research is based around themes rather than
transport modes. The work is covered by the Key Action "Sustainable
Mobility and Intermodality", and the European Commission
expects to contribute 370 million Euro.
Other transport-related RTD is carried out elsewhere in the
Fifth Framework programme - covering such topics as aeronautics,
urban development, and new vehicle and information technologies.
transport programme can only achieve its objectives if project
results are effectively disseminated to people who can use
them - notably policy-makers, planners, industry and the research
the Commission has funded a project specifically aimed at
disseminating information on the transport programme as a
whole, supplementing the more limited efforts of each project.
The aim is to use cost-effective means of communication to
specific audiences in the EU and in Central and Eastern Europe.
project (called EXTRA, EXploitation of TRAnsport research)
has developed an Internet site (http://ec.europa.eu/transport/extra/home.html),
opened an Information Bureau and provides complementary activities
(newsletters, events) to raise awareness of the programme.
Information Bureau can be contacted by telephone:
+ 44 (0) 1235 46 42 46,
by fax: + 44 (0) 1235 43 65 51
or by e-mail to: email@example.com.
It provides printed copies of information on the web site,
as well as helping with more general enquiries on transport
research. A handy web site user guide is provided on request.
are encouraged to register with the Bureau to receive monthly
e-mail bulletins announcing the latest information on the
next few months should see a large increase in the volume
of results. Analyses will be provided on the contribution
of research in developing key policy areas.