20 October 2020 | Brussels
The European Union Road Federation (ERF), Routes de France, the Fédération Nationale des Travaux Publics (FNTP), the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) and the Confederation of International Contractors’ Associations (CICA) organised an online conference “Shaping the Future of New Mobility”, chaired by MEP Dominique Riquet (Committee on Transport and Tourism), on the 14th of October, gathering more than 160 participants.
This event was the opportunity to present the main findings of the international comparative study dealing with the impact of new mobility uses on road infrastructure and its equipment.
The two panel discussions involved representatives from EU institutions, national administrations, notified bodies, R&I and industry. The key message of this conference is to consider road infrastructure in the new mobility developments – in terms of financing, innovation, regulation and technical adaptations, considering that the European Commission will soon unveil the EU Strategy on Sustainable and Smart Mobility in addition to the assessment of the future National Recovery and Resilience Plans. “Future mobility requires a common and inclusive cooperation -financial and regulatory – to offer the highest quality of service to citizens” said ERF President Rik Nuyttens.
To enable the deployment of new forms of mobility, and thereby meeting the Green deal’s objectives, the maintenance of road infrastructure is crucial. MEP Dominique Riquet underlined that quality infrastructure is a precondition not only for the shift towards new and cleaner mobility in line with the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Smart Mobility, but also for the global competitiveness of the European Union. To achieve this, a significant level of public investment is needed. In this regard, “investments in infrastructure are investments in a sustainable recovery” as FIEC President Thomas Bauer stressed recalling the urgency to bring the overall economy back on track.
The recording of the conference as well as the presentations given during the event are available hereunder:
The European Union Road Federation (ERF) coordinates the views of Europe’s road sector and acts as platform for dialogue and research on mobility issues.