Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer:
We have to make mobility in Europe more modern and more innovative. Climate change is transforming our world, and we have to tackle the enormous challenge it poses and rethink mobility. Our New Mobility Approach is to be a single approach comprising three pillars: sustainability, mobility and digital transformation. We have to take climate friendliness as the starting point of our endeavours and as a stimulus for innovations in Europe. The corona issue will also continue to preoccupy us. We have to learn from the crisis and emerge from it strengthened and united. To this end, we intend to develop a European pandemic contingency plan for freight transport. Because so far there have been no Europe-wide arrangements for the key transport infrastructures and modes of transport to be taken in the event of pandemics. I am going to change that and introduce uniform standards and procedures
Events of the German EU-Council Presidency
Outcomes of the German EU Council Presidency
25 November 2020: Press Release "PrioritHy: How hydrogen and sectoral integration can bring recovery, growth and jobs for Europe"
Presidency letter following the Conferences of EU Transport ministers entitled "Triggering Greening and International Competitiveness of Shipping and Ports" and "Inland Waterway Transport - Key to the Green Deal" on 8 September and 20 November 2020 respectively
Third Party Events
Re the Corona pandemic:
Europe is to emerge from the crisis strengthened:
- On the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the European Union adopted Council Conclusions on uniform recommendations for cross-border passenger transport in the European Union.
- We further need reliable supply chains and, to this end, we intend to develop a European pandemic contingency plan for freight transport to ensure cross-border freight transport during a pandemic.
- We need high-capacity and modern corridors in Europe – and thus rapid and satisfactory agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework (which covers the next six years).
Re the New Mobility Approach:
With the “New Mobility Approach”, we intend to progress modern mobility at EU level. The New Mobility Approach is to provide a climate-friendly and socially fair framework for sustainable mobility and a future-proof European transport sector. To this end, we intend to pursue a single approach comprising thee pillars: climate change mitigation, mobility and digital transformation.
- Climate-friendly mobility: We intend to gear mobility systematically to climate- and environment-friendly technologies. For this to happen, we need the Europe-wide development of alternative fuels infrastructure that meets the needs is a major building block for the decarbonisation of transport. We are therefore prioritising the use of renewable fuels and the roll-out of alternative fuels infrastructure in the New Mobility Approach. Innovations and smart solutions: With targeted funding of research and innovations, we want to progress a modern mobility in Europe. The transport sector must evolve in particular in the area of key technologies such as automation, digital transformation and artificial intelligence.
Exchange of data: We want to enhance the efficiency of the existing infrastructure with the help of digital solutions and improve the connectivity of the data available in the individual member states.