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Commission presses for more efficient freight transport

The European Commission has recently adopted two communications which aim to encourage more efficient and environmentally friendly freight transport in Europe.

The first communication builds on the proposal for trans-European rail freight freeways, set out in the White Paper ...
The European Commission has recently adopted two communications which aim to encourage more efficient and environmentally friendly freight transport in Europe.

The first communication builds on the proposal for trans-European rail freight freeways, set out in the White Paper on a strategy for revitalizing the Community's railways, published in November 1996. As the idea to create a number of cross-border routes to encourage freight movements by rail was broadly welcomed by Transport Ministers, the Commission has conducted further work with a view to establishing freeways in practice.

Establishment of the rail freight freeways would require work in two main areas, in the regulatory field:

- Ensuring open access to all operators, both existing railway companies and new operators;
- Facilitating and simplifying the use of the rail infrastructure system (for example by establishing one-stop-shops for access to the freeways, transparent charging systems, ensuring that path allocation is fast and simple, seeking ways of providing adequate priority to freight, and seeking to reduce or eliminate border delays).

The second communication is aimed at developing intermodal freight transport. The Commission's aim is to encourage a systems approach, where integrated intermodal transport systems provide door-to-door freight transport. In this way, the optimal balance between road transport at local level and more efficient and environmentally friendly modes of transport for long distances can be found. To ensure maximum efficiency, there is also a need to develop mode-independent information technology applications for managing inter-modal freight transport.

The communication sets out key actions for the development of inter-modal transport:

- Integrated infrastructure and transport means:
. Intensification of intermodal design of the trans-European transport networks;
. Enhancing design and functions of intermodal transfer points;
. Harmonization of standards for transport means;

- Interoperable and interconnected operations:
. Integration of freight freeways in an intermodal context;
. Development of common charging and pricing principles;
. Harmonization of competition rules and state aid regimes on an intermodal basis;

- Mode-independent services and regulations:
. Harmonization and standardization of procedures and EDI;
. Intermodal liability;
. Research and demonstration;
. Benchmarking;
. Intermodal statistics.

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