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26 February 2021

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InterGreen-Nodes aims to develop environmentally friendly, intermodal last-mile freight transport in urban areas. The project delivers highly innovative solutions, which will be demonstrated in a practical and tangible way and disseminated throughout the CENTRAL EUROPE program region. But not only on a practical level. Flanking strategic measures on spatial planning and political level ensure a strategic basis.

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19 February 2021

EUSBSR Action Plan approved by the European Commission

The European Commission has approved the revised EUSBSR Action Plan on 17 February 2021.

The revised Action Plan substantiates the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region  that shall boost transnational cooperation by defining 14 Policy Areas.

It strives for a green and digital transition, making best use of the #NextGenerationEU recovery package and aligning policies with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In the policy area transport, the action plan indentifies three actions, contributing to the transition of transport and mobility:

  • Action 1: Improve connectivity of the regions and cooperation with third countries
  • Action 2: Development of measures towards climate-neutral and zero pollution transport
  • Action 3: Facilitate innovative technologies & solutions in the Baltic Sea region

The project Scandria®2Act has been a flagship project under the previous EUSBSR action plan.

Further information:

Revised Action Plan
EU Commissions' press release


17 February 2021

Open Public Consultation accompanying the Impact Assessment for the revision of the TEN-T Regulation

10 February the  European Commission has launched an open public consultation to assess to which extent the current Regulation is suited to address new developments in the field of transport and other policy fields, which interact with TEN-T developments.

The consultation is open until 5 May 2021.

The consultation can be accessed via

Further information on the revision process of the TEN-T regulation is available from:

14 January 2021

STF adopts report on recommendations for public authorities for electric recharging infrastructure


The Sustainable Transport Forum (STF), a formal expert group advising the European Commission on the implementation of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive, has unanimously adopted a Report entitled:

'Recommendations for public authorities for procuring, awarding concessions, licences and/or granting support for electric recharging infrastructure for passenger cars and vans'.

The STF detailed recommendations report aims to provide practical guidelines for public authorities intending to procure recharging infrastructure, or to award concessions for their roll-out and/or operation, possibly linked to the granting of government support. By providing an overview of innovative best practice by frontrunners, the STF aims to develop a set of minimum recommendations for public authorities seeking to support the deployment of recharging infrastructure.

The Recommendations analyse the three main steps for public authorities to consider when planning the deployment of recharging infrastructure:

defining the deployment approach;
organising the tender procedure;
developing specific tender requirements.

A summary handbook outlining the main findings, recommendations and examples included in the detailed STF report will be published on the dedicated MOVE webpage.



31 December 2020

The journey begins – 2021 is the European Year of Rail!


Friday, 1 January 2021, marks the beginning of the European Year of Rail. The European Commission initiative will highlight the benefits of rail as a sustainable, smart and safe means of transport. A variety of activities will put rail in the spotlight throughout 2021 across the continent, to encourage the use of rail by both citizens and businesses and to contribute to the EU Green Deal goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050.

Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport, said: "Our future mobility needs to be sustainable, safe, comfortable and affordable. Rail offers all of that and much more! The European Year of Rail gives us the opportunity to re-discover this mode of transport. Through a variety of actions, we will use this occasion to help rail realise its full potential. I invite all of you to be part of the European Year of Rail."

The future is rail

In the EU, rail is responsible for less than 0.5% of transport-related greenhouse gas emissions. This makes it one of the most sustainable forms of passenger and freight transport. Among other benefits, rail is also exceptionally safe and it connects people and businesses across the EU via the Trans-European Transport network (TEN-T).

Despite these advantages, only about 7% of passengers and 11% of goods travel by rail. The European Year of Rail will create momentum to help increase rail’s share of passenger and freight transport. This will cut the greenhouse gas emissions and pollution coming from EU transport significantly, making a huge contribution to the EU’s efforts under the European Green Deal.

As the first year of full implementation for the 4th railway package, 2021 will also represent an important leap towards the Single European Railway Area: a more efficient European rail network with seamless mobility across borders.

All eyes on rail in 2021

On 1 January, the European Commission will launch a website providing further information on the initiative, as well as an overview of planned activities. Various events, projects and activities across the EU will highlight the many dimensions of rail – from Europe’s world-leading, innovative rail industry, to rail’s role in European culture and heritage, its importance for connecting regions, people and businesses, its part in sustainable tourism, as well as its involvement in the EU’s relations with neighbouring countries, for example.

The Commission’s legislative agenda will also reflect the European Year of Rail, with proposals on a new rail industrial partnership, better links for rail with other modes of transport, and making freight transport more sustainable overall, as outlined in the Commission’s recently adopted Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy.


The initiative, proposed by the European Commission in March and adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in December 2020, is part of the EU’s efforts under the European Green Deal, the EU’s plan to make its economy sustainable by achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

One of the key elements of the plan is to roll out cleaner and healthier means of transport, as the transport sector is currently responsible for about 25% of the Union’s greenhouse gas emissions. The European Green Deal seeks a 90% reduction in transport emissions by 2050.

In order to meet this goal and to ensure that transport continues to play its part during the transition towards a clean, digital and innovative EU economy, the Commission adopted its Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy in December 2020. It outlines the path towards more sustainable, smart and resilient mobility, and includes milestones, such as doubling rail freight and tripling high-speed rail activity by 2050. The Commission will present an action plan to boost passenger rail transport next year, and the strategy foresees measures to improve capacity and to simplify ticketing across different transport modes to further increase the attractiveness of rail.

For more information:

Website of the European Year of Rail 2021

Decision of the European Parliament and the Council on a European Year of Rail (2021)

Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

European Green Deal

Completion of the 4th Railway Package: harmonised procedures across the whole EU



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