Urban Mobility (Communication)
In 2007, with its Green Paper „Towards a new culture for urban mobility” [COM(2007) 551; cp. cepPolicyBrief] the Commission initiated a consultation. Based on the results of that consultation the submitted Action Plan is to set out a “coherent framework” for “EU initiatives” by 2012. In detail, the Commission plans to introduce action concerning the user-friendliness, environmental friendliness, funding, optimisation and exchange of knowledge regarding urban transport.
Almost all measures violate the principle of subsidiarity and infringe the planning competence of municipalities. The Commission should relinquish its aim once and for all of designing urban transport policy. Only in the proposed sharing of knowledge regarding best practice and the rules for the interoperability of ticketing and payment systems is any benefit evident.