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EU Research in Road Transport

Funded under: FP7-TRANSPORT


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.

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