Green Paper on Urban Transport - Please give the European Commission your opinion via an online questionnaire!

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The Green Paper on Urban Transport will be published in the second half of 2007. This internet consultation will support the preparation of the Green Paper, and is intended to collect views from interested parties on how best the EU may contribute to improving transport and mobility in urban areas. Your answers will remain confidential and they will be used only for the preparation of the Green Paper by the European Commission. Only the summary results of this internet consultation, including an analysis of the totality of the replies, will be published.

Take part in the public consultation on the Preparation of a Green Paper on Urban Transport and give us your opinion until 30 April 2007 by filling in the ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE!Urban transport is an increasingly high profile policy area in Europe. Some 80% of Europeans live in an urban environment. Public transport, cars, trucks, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians all share the same infrastructure. Urban transport is oil-dependent and produces some 40% of all CO2 emissions from road transport and up to 70% of other pollutants from transport. One in three road fatalities occurs in cities. Congestion problems are also largely concentrated in urban areas.Citizens and businesses expect good access and increased mobility. How to increase mobility while at the same time reducing congestion, accidents and pollution is a common challenge for all major cities in Europe. Effective, efficient and safe transport and mobility solutions are essential for the economic, environmental and social well-being of our urban areas. More than anyone else, city dwellers directly experience the negative effects of their own mobility and may be open to innovative solutions for creating sustainable mobility. Under the subsidiarity principle, usually local authorities themselves rather than the EU take the lead on urban mobility policies. But the EU supports them, for example, through projects that help to identify, disseminate and exchange best practice in areas such as transport infrastructure, norm-setting, congestion and traffic management, public transport services, infrastructure charging, urban planning, traffic safety, security and co-operation with the surrounding regions.Public consultations carried out by the European Commission have revealed a strong interest in a greater EU contribution in the field of urban transport policy. For this reason the Commission announced in the mid-term review of the Transport White Paper (Keep Europe moving - Sustainable mobility for our continent. COM(2006) 314 of 22 June 2006) in June 2006 that it would publish a Green Paper on Urban Transport in 2007 to identify potential European added value to actions taken at local levels.Please click here to get further information on the Public consultation on the Preparation of a Green Paper on Urban Transport.

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