European Transport Charter

Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area

Towards a Competitive and Resource-Efficient Transport System

The European Union is facing major challenges for its capability to adjust its entire transport and logistics infrastructure:

  • 96% oil dependency
  • 50 % increase of congestion costs by 2050
  • Freight transport to grow between 40 % in 2030 and 80% by 2050. Passenger transport to see a slightly lower increase
  • Infrastructure investment of € 1,8 trillion for 2010-2030 needed to match demand
  • Lack of fully completed cross-border integrated rail, road, sea and air freight markets


Do we risk an EU business-as-usual scenario?

A single European transport area is essential to achieve a single European internal market and would help to reduce costs while increasing efficiency and sustainability for the entire European industry. Efficient transport is vital to fulfil the demand for free movement of citizens and goods, the competitiveness of our industries and social welfare.

We need to shift from complexity and useless costs to financing of infrastructure and Trans- European Networks of Transport, intelligent transport, logistics solutions for all modes and co-modality based on a cost/benefit approach! We urgently need a clear and ambitious policy time-table with concrete measures and a master strategy which will overcome national and regional differences!


10 Recommendations to Achieve a Single European Transport Area


  • Action 1: Move fast with completion of the Single European Transport Area built on policy targets and measures based on market-related solutions.
  • Action 2: Internalisation of external costs should be rapidly introduced in all modes in an integrated and non-discriminatory way.
  • Action 3: Build the most efficient transport operations by improving each transport mode and incentivising sustainable co-modality for further economic growth.
  • Action 4: Reduce road congestion through an integrated policy that addresses both passenger and freight vehicles equally and promotes incentives to develop sustainable solutions for transport systems as a whole rather than increasing costs for certain modes.
  • Action 5: Preserve air freight as an essential component of the logistic chain especially for express services within Europe.
  • Action 6: Prioritise the harmonisation of transport at European level with a Global perspective in mind to assure a coherent, efficient and sustainable transport system worldwide.
  • Action 7: Reduce transport-related CO2 emissions through an integrated approach including a cost efficient policy mix, smart regulations and a focus on innovative technologies.
  • Action 8: Consolidate efforts of all urban mobility stakeholders to make urban transport more efficient and sustainable, considering the needs for both freight and passenger transport.
  • Action 9: Strengthen the role of logistics in respect to urban interconnections through innovative incentives, collaboration and consolidation of delivery and warehousing services and by removing regional inconsistent requirements for operators that lead to the fragmentation of the market.
  • Action 10: The technology roadmap should deliver faster market take-ups by demonstrating potential in practice and promoting solutions that integrate the entire supply chain.