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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Traian Băsescu (PPE)
 Subject: Transport decarbonisation: From the motorway to the Rhine-Danube waterway

According to the European Environment Agency, light and heavy freight vehicles accounted for 38.1% of all EU transport CO2 emissions in 2016, three times the figure for inland waterways (13.6%). In its Special Report No 1/2015, the Court of Auditors criticises failure to effectively channel funding as a matter of priority into the transport of goods by inland waterway, one of the main problems being that the necessary infrastructures have not been properly tailored to new EU environmental targets. Inland waterway transport along the approximately 3 200-km Rhine-Main-Danube canal is a core component of the EU Green Pact transport decarbonisation strategy. Navigational conditions and technical standards along the Rhine and Danube together mean that inland waterway transport can be more energy-efficient and less costly than road transport, while producing fewer emissions.

1. How will the Commission ensure the introduction of uniform rules along the entire Rhine-Danube waterway?

2. What measures are being envisaged by it to increase sustainability levels along the Rhine-Main-Danube canal and rationalise funding for inland waterway freight transport?

Original language of question: RO
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