On a proposal by Neil Kinnock, the Commissioner responsible for Transport, the Commission has published its programme for the development of European transport policy over the next five years. The action plan sets out the aims of the European Commission in this area and details the legislative agenda necessary to ensure the development of a common approach to transport policy by the 15 Member States of the Union. The aim of such a policy should be to create an efficient, accessible and competitive transport system which meets the needs of commuters, of those dependent on public transport, on freight, on business or leisure travel while guaranteeing a high level of safety and consumer and environmental protection. The programme builds on the Commission's White Paper for the Future Development of a Common Transport Policy (which defined the objective of sustainable mobility and was the first step in establishing transport objectives and establishing a work programme to achieve them) and on related policy areas laid down in the Maastricht Treaty, specifically the creation of a trans-European transport network. The programme envisages actions in three main areas: - Improving the quality of the common European transport system; - Ensuring transport policy is properly integrated into the single market; - Extending the external dimension of European transport policy. These measures are aimed at improving the quality of European transport systems in a broad sense and look at policy development in terms of further integration, safety, environmental protection and better services for users and consumers.