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Parliamentary questions
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26 April 2021
E-000490/2021(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Vălean
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000490/2021

Modal shift and clean public transport represent key priorities and will be supported through various EU instruments.

The action plan of the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy(1) contains the revision of the urban mobility package in 2021. Public transport will have a visible role in it. The action 37 supporting the development of multimodal digital mobility services will also facilitate the use of the most sustainable transport modes, including public transport.

The main support to public transport will come from regional instruments: a significant part of the European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund resources will be made available for investments in sustainable multimodal urban mobility under policy objective 2 ‘Greener Europe’.

Many Member States are also considering including clean public transport as a priority in their Recovery and Resilience Plans currently under preparation. The Connecting Europe Facility may also support public transport, for instance by equipping bus depots with electricity charging infrastructure or developing passengers multimodal hubs in urban nodes.

Public transport investment will also benefit from the European Investment Bank climate strategy and, where necessary, from the guarantees provided through InvestEU.

Beside the abovementioned initiatives, the yearly European Mobility Week campaign supports cities to promote behavioural change in favour of active mobility and public transport(2). Moreover, (public) transport is one of the four priorities of the European climate pact(3).

(1)https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52020DC0789
(2)https://mobilityweek.eu/home/
(3)https://europa.eu/climate-pact/priority-topics/green-transport_en
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