The European Parliament adopted by 607 votes to 57, with 6 abstentions, a resolution on promoting a European transport-technology strategy for Europes future sustainable mobility in response to the Commissions communication on the same subject.
Members consider that innovation is essential in order to create a smarter, safer and more intelligent transport system for the public, meet the environmental challenges facing the transport sector and achieve a low-carbon economy.
General principles: Parliament emphasises that a European transport-technology strategy for Europes future sustainable mobility should first and foremost promote quality of service the convenience of passengers and businesses, and sustainable mobility. It calls for a more efficient, coherent and targeted use of R&I in the setting and implementation of transport policy and invites the Commission and the Council to recognise the importance of the Horizon 2020 initiative and to finance it adequately.
Members stress that Union policies should be technologically neutral with regard to alternative technologies for transport and that harmonisation efforts must not be an obstacle to the development of innovative or alternative solutions in the field of transport, the diversity of the energy mix and deployment of smart communication technologies.
The resolution calls for:
more efficiency in the innovation chain, and more investments are needed in measures such as economic incentives to overcome barriers to deployment and market uptake (full-cycle commitments);
stronger support for the R&I activities of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), notably through easier access to EU funds and the reduction of administrative burdens;
greater simplification of the administrative procedures for research and innovation funding at European, national, regional, local and cross border levels, in order to establish a clear and transparent legal framework.
Proposed measures: Parliament considers that R&I in the area of sustainable mobility should:
Members call for:
The Member States and the Commission are called upon to invest in intelligent transport system (ITS) research and see to it that it is carried out, thereby helping to reduce traffic congestion, increase European transport eco-efficiency and improve safety standards.