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Transport


Transport is a very important economic sector in Europe. It generates turnover of approximately one billion euro and gives employment to approximately ten million people. At Community level, the objectives of promoting an integrated internal market for transport, building a trans-European transport network and connecting the infrastructure with that in the new Member States have largely been achieved. The major challenge now, particularly in view of the constant increase in demand for transport, is to create a sustainable mobility system. The main measures and goals in this context were set out in the European Commission White Paper published in September 2001: "European transport policy for 2010: time to decide" (http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/energy_transport/en/lb_en.html).

Presidency programme

The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2006 has set out the following key areas in its work programme:

Road safety

Austria is promoting a Community policy whose declared objective is to make roads safer for citizens. The European Commission is expected to put forward a package of legislative proposals covering behaviour of road users, safety of road infrastructure and the technical design of vehicles.

Inland waterways

Austria sees increased use of inland waterways as an important alternative to the ever-growing haulage traffic on the roads. Shifting more goods from the roads to rail and waterways would contribute to environmental conservation. Harmonisation of technical regulations would also improve safety.

Austria will also follow up a number of innovative legislative proposals that are important for citizens, such as the European driving licence, the third railway package, the rights of air passengers with restricted mobility, and the implementation of the European satellite programme GALILEO (http://europa.eu.int/comm/dgs/energy_transport/galileo/index_en.htm).

 

 

Date: 22.12.2005