I am really pleased to be here with colleagues to reveal yet another set of important mobility reforms, which are likely to the last in this mandate. We are collectively addressing very concrete challenges such as pollution, congestion, road safety and international competitiveness. These challenges need European solutions making safe, clean, inclusive and autonomous mobility a reality for all.

Safe Mobility

Road safety needs a fresh approach. This is exactly what we are doing, putting in place an EU road safety framework for the next decade:

  • We are taking a holistic view, based on the so-called Safe System approach. The idea is to build a number of layers that protect all road users, taking into account all factors: infrastructure, vehicle design, speed, and people's behavior:
    • In this framework we are setting new targets on the way to "Vision Zero". Between 2020 and 2030, we want to cut the number of deaths and serious injuries in half. To reach these ambitious targets, we are focussing on a better monitoring, the introduction of new mobility solutions, closer cooperation, voluntary commitments from all sectors and funding solutions.

    • We are also proposing to make a number of new vehicle safety technologies mandatory, such as intelligent speed assistance, autonomous emergency braking, detection of pedestrians and cyclists. Our goal is to ensure that ALL road users will be able to benefit from the latest developments in technology.

    • We are improving the rules on infrastructure safety management: not only applying the rules to the roads of the European transport network which are already very safe (only 8% of all fatalities), but also extending them to other main roads where 39% of fatalities occur, which is the largest share. In addition, a new network-wide risk mapping will show where the dangerous parts are. This will help target investments and inspections where they are most needed.

 Autonomous Mobility

We are proposing a strategy to make the EU an engaging global leader in autonomous mobility systems. Autonomous mobility holds the enormous promise of making transport safer, more accessible, inclusive and sustainable.

  • Our strategy is based on three pillars:

    • A legal framework that creates a single market for autonomous mobility, covering road safety, cybersecurity, access to data and data protection;

    • Financial support to establish a new partnership with a consolidated sector wide approach towards research and deployment throughout the EU, including for the coordination of pilot projects.

    • An in-depth assessment of the socioeconomic and ethical aspects of autonomous mobility, making deployment suitable to absorption capacity as well as the maturity of the autonomous relations.

    • We are also proposing to digitalise and simplify the communication from business to administration and administration to administration in freight transport

    • The Regulation on Electronic Freight Transport Information will ensure the acceptance of electronic documents by authorities, enabling cargo transport operations to go digital. This will make operations more efficient, reliable and cost-effective. The reduction in administrative costs in transport over 2018-2040 is estimated at EUR 20-27 billion.

    • The Regulation on a European Maritime Single Window environment will establish harmonised reporting interfaces, procedures and data formats for ships calling EU ports. This will cut red tape and contribute to multimodal solutions.

Clean Mobility

Building on what my colleague Miguel just presented, and with the rapid expansion of electro-mobility and vehicles using a range of alternative fuels, we are putting forward a methodology that will allow users to compare the prices of different fuels and increase consumer awareness.

We are also proposing to revise legislation on weights and dimensions of certain road vehicles, to put new heavy goods vehicles with more aerodynamic cabins on the market earlier. This will help cut emissions, and also make them safer.

 Investment/Infrastructure

Infrastructure is a vital tool for the deployment of safe, connected, inclusive and clean transport solutions. That is why we are also presenting a single set of procurement rules that will be applied to cross-border projects. This will cut the time for permits to 3 years, save an estimated EUR 5 billion and cut approximately 2.7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. This new rules will play an important role to help complete the EU's core transport network by 2030.

Last but not least: as you know investment is a key driver of the EU's transport policy. I am therefore pleased to announce that the Commission's proposals are accompanied by an additional EUR 450 million of funds from the Connecting Europe Facility, to support safe mobility and digitalisation across all transport modes.