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Communication from the Commission: Action Plan for the Deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in Europe, COM(2008) 886 final

Funded under: FP7-TRANSPORT


The renewed Lisbon agenda on growth and jobs1 aims at delivering stronger, lasting growth and creating more and better jobs. Furthermore, the mid-term review of the 2001 White Paper2 stresses the key role of innovation in ensuring sustainable, efficient and competitive mobility in Europe.
Against this background several major challenges have to be overcome for Europe's transport system to play its full role in satisfying the mobility needs of the European economy and society:
- Road traffic congestion is estimated to affect 10 % of the road network, and yearly costs amount to 0.9-1.5 % of the EU GDP.
- Road transport accounts for 72 % of all transport-related CO(2) emissions, which increased by 32 % (1990-2005).
- Whilst road fatalities are in regression (-24 % since 2000 in EU27) their number (42 953 fatalities in 2006) is still 6 000 above the intended target of a 50 % reduction in fatalities in the period 2001-2010.
These challenges are even more pressing with forecasted growth rates of 50 % for freight transport and 35 % for passenger transport in the period from 2000 to 2020.

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Record Number: 9666 / Last updated on: 2008-01-12
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