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Stakeholders’ Conference on the Future of Transport

Stakeholders’ Conference on the Future of Transport


Stakeholders’ Conference on the Future of Transport

Brussels, 9-10 March 2009

In 2001, the Commission issued a White Paper setting an agenda for transport policy throughout 2010. Approaching the end of the ten-year period, it is time to look further ahead and define a vision for the future of transport and mobility, preparing the ground for future policy developments.

Commission Vice-President A. Tajani, in charge of European transport policy, convened a High Level Conference on 9-10 March to gather stakeholders' views on the main challenges and opportunities for the transport sector in the very long term (20 to 40 years).

Top managers of transport operators, manufacturers and logistic companies were invited to contribute their vision alongside policy-makers, academics and representatives of Member States, European institutions and NGOs.

The Conference was centred on four workshops focusing on urban, freight and passenger transport and on the challenge of sustainable mobility. The workshops were chaired by former Commission Vice-President and Transport Commissioner, Mr Karel Van Miert, former Director General of DG TREN, Mr Robert Coleman, and the Head of Vice-President Tajani’s Cabinet, Mr Antonio Preto.

The conference was attended by around 560 participants and was accompanied by an exhibition on innovative transport technologies with stands and information materials.