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04 March 2020
The Green Deal and the role of cities and regions in the switch to cleaner transport was the focus of discussion in a joint meeting between the European Parliament's Committee for Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER) of the European Committee of the Regions.
The European Green Deal is the long-term plan of the European Commission to achieve full decarbonisation of the continent by 2050. A big part of it is the decarbonisation of the transport sector. While the objective of climate neutrality can only be achieved on a European level through new legislation and the adaption of existing law, implementation will depend heavily on local and regional authorities who are in charge of public transport and infrastructure in their territories.
"Transport is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union and unlike other sectors these emissions are not decreasing. Making use of promising technological innovations is good but getting people out of their cars to use public transport is better. In both cases, local and regional authorities have a major role to play in finding the right solution for their territories. The EU's strategy must be based on their experience and respond to their needs because the success or failure of the European Green deal will be decided in regions and cities", said Isabelle Boudineau (PES/FR), chair of the European Committee of the Regions' COTER commission.