The Digitalization of the Transport Sector is one of the key objectives of the European Commission. In order to take the digital agenda in transport further, the European Commission launched on 1st July 2015 the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DLTF).
As highlighted by Mendez et al. (2013) in late 2012, the European Commission sent a ‘Position Paper’ to each Member State containing the position of the Commission Services on the development the Partnership Agreement (PA) and Operational Programmes (OPs) in each country for the period 2014-2020.
We got in touch with Brian Simpson, European Coordinator for the Motorways of the Sea programme and one of the keynote speakers for the upcoming Baltic Ports Conference 2017 and talked about the future of MoS and its impact on the Baltic port industry.
As highlighted by Tomas Michel, WssTP President “applicants need to think in terms of quantified impacts.We would like to see substantial, ambitious and sustainable impacts in terms of environmental but also social and economic benefits.
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for Transport is the funding instrument to realise European transport infrastructure policy. It aims at supporting investments in building new transport infrastructure in Europe or rehabilitating and upgrading the existing one.
“At the moment 40 actions are on going (26 projects dedicated to environmental protection and new green fuels; 9 projects dedicated to the logistics and 5 projects dedicated to human element).
“The European Union is ready to finance the Motorways of the Sea projects in order to help EU maritime industry to comply with environmental legislations, reinforce multimodality, improve shipping operations and link better MoS with the core network corridors. The importance of Italy for a completion of EU TEN-T network is fundamental.”