Volume 3, Issue 5 December 2018
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The Policy Department works for the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN). It is responsible for supporting TRAN parliamentary work with relevant expertise. The Committee decides, on a regular basis, on the research programme that would fit best with the needs of the ongoing parliamentary work.
In a view of the upcoming elections to the European Parliament in May 2019, the TRAN Committee has mandated the Policy Department to conduct three studies next year to provide an overview of the EU actions taken so far to strengthen European transport, tourism and postal services. The studies will focus on the achievements of the EU policies in the respective fields of responsibility of the TRAN Committee and will also analyse the main challenges and opportunities in the sectors for the years ahead.
The scope of the three studies is briefly outlined below.
‘The EU single transport area – achievements, current challenges and future prospects’ – upcoming in the third quarter of 2019
The study will evaluate where the EU stands in terms of achieving a single European transport area and investigate opportunities and challenges lying ahead of the sector. The paper will analyse in detail all modes of transport, while reflecting on the transport competitiveness, sustainability, accessibility, decarbonisation and digitalisation, as well as its further potential to create jobs. It will also assess progress on the commitments made by the European Commissioner for transport, Violeta Bulc, in her hearing of 20 October 2014.
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‘European tourism and postal services – latest developments and future challenges’ – upcoming in the third quarter of 2019
The study is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the prospects, opportunities and challenges for the tourism and postal sectors in the EU. The research will pay special attention to policy responses made so far at the EU level within the two sectors and it will focus on the additional actions that could be taken to further boost the competitiveness, sustainability and quality of the EU postal and tourism services.
The study aims to provide Members of the TRAN Committee with clear conclusions and recommendations on what could be done, in particular at the EU policy level, to further support the process.
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‘EU funding of transport projects’ – upcoming in the third quarter of 2019
This research will assess the effectiveness of EU financing of transport projects through various EU programmes, including ERDF, CF and CEF. The paper will evaluate the role of EU spending in the achievement of wider European transport priorities. Moreover, the study will look at the types of the projects supported from the EU budget, including small- and large-scale projects, cross-border, national and regional transport projects, and investments in roads as well as more sustainable modes of transport.