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The mobility sector has been occupied with a range of big issues from figuring out the details of phasing out combustion engine cars to continuing battles over trucking reforms and the never-ending effort to streamline air traffic services.  All this means that the transport sector has been beefing up its representation in Brussels massively in recent years.

COVID-19 hit every branch of the transport sector, particularly airlines but they are rebounding strongly now.  Indeed transport is a major contributor to the economy (4.8% – or €548bn – in gross value added overall for EU countries), and sustains over 11 million jobs in Europe.  International tourism is expected to fully recover pre-pandemic levels in 2024, with estimates pointing to 2% growth above 2019 levels.

EU policy aims to help our transport systems meet the major challenges facing them including congestion, oil dependency, greenhouse gas emissions, infrastructure and competition.

There are numerous Brussels transport associations from the global International Association of Public Transport (UITP) to those representing individual sectors from airlines to railways, and from bicycles to electric vehicles. Many of Brussels top corporate affairs spenders like Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler have a stake in the transport debate, as do many tech companies including Google.


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As long ago as the Treaty of Rome, Member States stressed the importance of a common transport policy by devoting a separate title to it. Transport was therefore one of the Community’s first common policy areas. Alongside the opening-up of transport markets and the creation of the Trans-European Transport Network, the ‘sustainable mobility’ model will take on even greater importance between now and 2020 — particularly in view of the constant rise in greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, which threatens to jeopardise the European Union’s efforts to achieve its climate goals.

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