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An opportunity for rail: Moving towards a climate-neutral Europe

Posted: 19 February 2020 | | No comments yet

Elisabeth Werner, Director for Land Transport at the European Commission’s DG for Mobility and Transport, underlines that now is the time for rail to deliver its share in building a green, efficient, and affordable European transport system.

Elisabeth Werner European Commission

“A union that strives for more”: it is clear that the political guidelines put forward by the European Commission’s President, Ursula von der Leyen, do not shy away from ambition. Instead, they fully embrace Europe’s leading role as it evolves into a carbon-neutral continent with a future-ready economy. With climate protection as a top priority and growing attention for sustainable transport, the conditions are there for rail to flourish. Yet, it is clear that inefficiencies, missing links and national barriers remain. There is work to be done to meet public expectations, make rail services more user-friendly, and achieve the necessary capacity gains. Now, more than ever, is the time for rail to deliver.










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