Issue n° 154 - 22 November 2013

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight

EU-China Summit

EU and China working together to improve urban mobility

As part of the EU/China Urban Partnership the EU and China are working together to improve urban mobility. On the 21st of November 2013, Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, in charge of transport, addressed the 2nd EU China Urban Forum in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. The annual Forum brings together hundreds of EU and Chinese city Mayors as well as academics and business representatives with an interest in the future of urbanisation in order to share ideas and identify future co-operation activities.

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Commissioner' s corner

Speech - Opening the Urban Mobility Sub-Forum

Mobile technologies are opening new ways for cities and citizens to interact. They offer new ways for citizens to be informed about what is happening in their city, and new ways to influence behaviour on new ideas. While these rapid changes present a lot of challenges I’m convinced that this is a positive trend. Great cities, despite their size, have a human dimension – citizens' views and concerns must be taken into account.

Siim Kallas

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Figure of the month

9500 km

The distance that the average European travelled by car in 2010

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We were asked about...

Drop in EU transport infrastructure investment

Public investment in transport infrastructure has, on average, been falling since the late 1970s across the EU. In 1975 investments in inland transport stood at 1.5% of GDP across the EU. By 2008, the level of such investments had fallen below 0.8% — a record low.

Is the Commission concerned about this situation?

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