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EU Research in Road Transport

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV


Efficient road transport is a fundamental requirement for sustainable wealth and prosperity in Europe. Transport drives employment, economic growth and global exports. It provides European citizens, societies and economies with essential resources and means of mobility, while acting as a catalyst to knowledge acquisition, technological innovation and European integration. Road transport also drives new job creation. Indeed, it is one of the most important job-creating sectors, providing work for young men and women all over Europe. All of this makes transport a cornerstone of the European Union's Lisbon Strategy for achieving the greatest knowledge-based economy in the world.
But the increasing demand for mobility also represents a major challenge. Rising levels of road traffic and congestion are accompanied by increasing safety and health concerns. The environment can suffer due to transport activities, and transport networks require frequent maintenance and upgrading. In some cases, radical solutions are required, highlighting the essential role of research.
Road research moves Europe forward in a number of different ways. First, it leads directly to new products, processes and services, improving industrial efficiency and providing a competitive edge for Europe in the global transport market place. At the same time, it addresses infrastructure, mobility patterns and human factors that are specific to Europe itself, helping to improve the daily lives of ordinary citizens by making transport on our roads safer and greener.
Achieving maximum European research power requires the development of common and coherent views among stakeholders. The setting up of European 'Technology Platforms', including the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), represents a real innovation in EU research policy, bringing together all active parties in a particular transport mode.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005, 36 pp. free of charge
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