Citizen Engagement on Urban Mobility – Best Practices

The EIT Urban Mobility DecidiUM project, in which EPF is a partner, is collecting information concerning the best practices for citizen engagement in the field of urban mobility.

The survey is aimed at authorities and other bodies who consult or engage citizens in their work regarding urban mobility, for example through surveys, focus groups, public meetings, etc. Responses will be […]

Spanish myopia in railway analysis

The AIREF (fiscal Spanish authority) recently issued a report on investments in railway infrastructure in Spain over the last thirty years. The various media have coincided in the headlines of the issue with the sentence “AIReF asks for less investment to AVE compared to Cercanías and to improve planning.” While in Spain 55,888 million euros have been invested in […]

EPF’s second update on the current health safety measures in Public Transport

The end of June was marked by the lifting of many of the restrictive measures imposed during the pandemic. However, this was quickly followed by an increase of infections in several European countries and new steps were taken to stop the spread of COVID-19. Public transport is yet to return to normality but it is slowly regaining passengers’ trust.

The […]

How can transport benefit us all?

The HiReach project, in which EPF is a partner, is approaching its final stage.
Save the date!
On 22. September, HiReach and its sister project Inclusion will jointly organise a final – virtual – conference to present their main outcomes: Inclusive mobility for an inclusive society: new approaches and solutions. Join us for an interesting and interactive event, and learn […]

How to improve international trains

The European Commission’s Green Deal proposal aims to steer the economy in a sustainable direction. This includes, in the field of transport, less flying and more international trains, as the responsible European Commissioner Timmermans has made clear on several occasions.

The European Union itself does not run trains, neither does it build High Speed Lines. It depends on national initiatives […]

Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy Roadmap

The European Green Deal includes a target to reduce transport-related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050. The Commission intends to adopt a comprehensive strategy to meet this target and ensure that the EU transport sector is fit for a clean, digital and modern economy. To this end, the EC has published a Roadmap to inform citizens and stakeholder […]

Covid-19 rail protocol published

Last week, the European Railway Agency published its “Recommendations for safe resumption of railway services in Europe”.

For the safe resumption of railway operations in Europe, the European Union Agency’s for Railways (ERA), the European Commission and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have developed operational guidelines with the COVID-19 railway protocol. It complements measures taken by […]

Conditions for post-Covid state aid to airlines

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, many airlines are currently applying for, or receiving, state aid. EPF stresses that decisions taken today must be considered in a broader, long-term perspective and assessed against the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environment.

In EPF’s view, state aid to airlines must meet a number of conditions:

it should be temporary and take the form […]

The European Commission launches Re-open EU

Last month, the European Commission launched ‘Re-open EU’, a web platform to support a safe relaunch of travelling and tourism across Europe.

The platform provides real-time information on borders and available means of transport and tourism services in Member States. It also includes practical information provided by Member States on travel restrictions, public health and safety measures such as on physical […]

EPF priorities for the Year of Rail

EPF supports a Year of Rail that strongly focuses on end-user needs and satisfaction in both the passengers and freight sector. Here are our priorities:

Rail should become the natural ‘mode of choice’ for users and the backbone of Europe’s integrated green mobility system, building on its ability to carry large volumes safely, speedily, and sustainably.
The allocation of […]