MEPs: recovery of transport sector in COVID-19 crisis merits more support 

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The Transport and Tourism Committee would like to see concrete figures to support transport sector in EU recovery plans and next long-term budget.

Many MEPs highlighted in Monday’s discussion on the EU recovery plan and long-term EU budget for 2021-2027 that there is little indication on how much money will flow into the transport sector and what projects will be prioritised through the various financial instruments announced under Next Generation EU.

The Members also questioned whether the planned support in enough to avoid bankruptcies of many transport and tourism companies, while backing the long-term goal for investing in smart and sustainable mobility and infrastructure.

"Transport deserves its fair share from the recovery plan and in the next long-term EU budget. It has been a key sector for decades and we have witnessed its relevance even more during the COVID-19 crisis. The sector should be supported significantly more," said Committee Chair Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, FR). "The emphasis should be on railways, public transport and cycling. This is what citizens expect from us when focusing on sustainable mobility."

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