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Jorma Ollila to chair working group on fair and intelligent transport

Press release 03.02.2012 14.02
Finnish original released on 03.02.2012 12.33

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications has appointed a working group to map out the way towards a fair and intelligent transport system. Mr Jorma Ollila, Chairman of Nokia's Board of Directors, is to chair the working group.

The working group will set out to explore, among other things, how Finland should proceed in the long-term implementation of a road charging system. Issues to be examined will include technology, transport, economy and legislation related questions.

The working group led by Mr Ollila will launch its work by discussing matters of principle, such as the targets, effects and opportunities of road charging as an instrument giving direction to the transport system and making it more efficient. Action to safeguard privacy protection is also an important part of the project.

'We commence this work with an open mind. The key issue is to determine what targets should be set for road charging; that is, what we seek to accomplish with it. Are we going to aim at improving traffic flows, reducing emissions, providing funding for transport infrastructure, or something else?
Transport pricing and services are extremely important issues at the level of society, and I consider the task that I have been entrusted with very interesting', Jorma Ollila says.

Minister of Transport Ms Merja Kyllönen is pleased with Mr Ollila's chairmanship.

'Exploring options for road charging is included in the Government Programme, and I think that looking into ways how to implement transport pricing in a fair manner is one of the most important issues during my term of office. Mr Ollila's role as chair of the working group is challenging, and I look forward to the results. I give the working group my full support and peace to do its work', says Minister of Transport Ms Kyllönen.

Transport pricing, i.e. the different charges collected for traffic, such as road charges, have become more common over the past few years. Different types of road use charge systems are in place in nearly all EU Member States and other developed countries. One of the EU's long-term goals is to apply user charges to every vehicle in the EU's entire transport network.

Members of the working group include senior management from the Ministry of Transport and Communications and agencies and authorities in its administrative branch, as well as from the Ministry of Finance. In addition, members also include representatives from the world of research and science.

The working group’s term will last from 3 February 2012 to 31 December 2013.

Further information:
Mr Sauli Hievanen, Special Adviser to the Minister of Transport, tel. +358 40 016 5004
Mr Tuomo Suvanto, Senior Adviser, Secretary to the working group, tel. +358 40 505 9308