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Parliamentary questions
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13 May 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Brice Hortefeux (PPE)
 Subject: Measures to support public transport — anticipating the end of the crisis

Europe’s public transport operators have adopted a series of health-related measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 and to reorganise the transport networks. These measures, coupled with a reduced service and refunds for travel tickets, are having a serious impact on transport operators’ finances.

At the end of April 2020, Commissioner Vălean announced in her hearing at Parliament that the Commission would draw up a list of recommendations to support the transport sectors during the crisis. Unfortunately she made little mention of public transport, which will be on the front line when normal activity resumes.

It is essential that public transport operators and local and regional transport authorities are supported so that the phasing-out of lockdown restrictions and subsequent measures pass off as smoothly as possible.

1. Does the Commission intend to support public transport operators facing cash-flow problems in the short term?

2. What does it intend to do if operators’ financial problems worsen as a result of passenger fears to use public transport?

3. What immediate steps and short-term measures is it planning to take to help operators ensure the safety of drivers and passengers and to improve communication with the public?

Original language of question: FR
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