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Digitalisation, sustainability and citizen-friendliness

February 2020

Andreas Scheuer– Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Photo: BMVI

The digitalisation of transport will shape and change the mobility of both society and economy in the coming years. The aim is to harness the potential of all modes of transport in order to improve the mobile everyday life of all EU citizens, to strengthen sustainability and climate protection in transport and to secure the competitiveness of European industry by means of digital networking and the use of mobility data. Europe’s declared goal is to be a global pioneer in the digital economy. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure also wants to set priorities in the areas of digitalisation,sustainability and climate protection for the EU Council Presidency beginning in July 2020. To this end, European rail freight transport is to be strengthened in order to promote a climate-friendly and efficient freight transport. “I want modern, environmentally friendly and clean mobility – in the countryside as well as in the cities. For this we need a close exchange. Taking people’s concerns and habits seriously – that is our duty. We will only succeed in protecting the climate if we take the issues to everyone,” said Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer. The framework for the German EU Presidency is set by the Federal Government’s programme, which is currently being drawn up under the auspices of the Federal Foreign Office. It is closely linked to the work programme of the new EU Commission.

One of the Federal Ministry of Transport’s key objectives for 2020 will be to modernise the Rotterdam (2016) and Vienna (2018) declarations at a ministerial conference in Berlin on 21 September 2020 and to achieve progress in rail freight transport in the form of a ‘Berlin Declaration 2020’. After all, rail freight transport and modern corridors are still essential today for competitiveness and for the implementation of transport goals, especially those regarding modal shift. A further focus of the ministerial conference will be to anchor the topic of “innovative freight transport” more firmly at European level. The aim is to take concrete measures to make the logistics sector more future-proof throughout the EU by means of innovation. Following the ministerial conference on Tuesday, 22 September, the EU ministers are invited to the Opening Ceremony, the Rail Leaders’ Summit and a political network meeting hosted by Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer at InnoTrans. The aim of the network meeting is the exchange between EU ministers and their international colleagues on European approaches and global transport issues. The ministers will take part in the VDB reception on the eve of the fair that will be held on Monday evening, 21 September.