In the past the EU has not achieved its objectives to create a fair, resource-friendly transport industry and its future endeavours are also at significant risk of failure. It is therefore high time to redefine the areas of focus and to vehemently implement Union’s objectives of resource conservation and fairness, both are very much worth pursuing.
The following areas of focus are needed:
Focus on urban traffic: Agglomerations are the greatest cause of traffic; towns and cities require more EU funding.
Focus on investments: An exception must be made for public investments in relation to the public debt criteria of Maastricht (“golden rule”).
Focus on workers: Clear rules against “modern slavery”, especially in road freight transport, aviation and in the parcel delivery sector, must be adopted as soon as possible.
Focus on health: The right to health for residents and workers (e.g. in terms of noise, harmful substances, working hours, working conditions, pollution) must be enforced.