null EU transport ministers discussed the recovery of transport

EU transport ministers discussed the recovery of transport

Press release 04.06.2020 20.26 fi sv en

Minister of Transport and Communication Timo Harakka (Photo: Ministry of Transport and Communications)

The Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union held an informal video meeting of transport ministers on 4 June. In the meeting, Finland was represented by Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka.

The transport ministers discussed a sustainable and digital recovery of the transport sector. Minister Harakka thanked the European Commission for its proposal for a recovery plan aimed at speeding up the green transition and digitalisation.

Finland considers that investments in green growth, digitalisation and in research, development and innovation, in particular, would support economic recovery and strengthen competitiveness.

- The Commission is currently preparing a strategy for sustainable and intelligent mobility. It is central to the development of the digitalisation of transport and the achievement of climate objectives. The Commission will also submit a number of legislative proposals that will lead to emission reductions. This is climate supporting recovery at its best, says Minister Harakka.

At the meeting, Minister Harakka highlighted the need to create a strategy that improves the possibilities to increase the use of alternative fuels.

- Investments in the production of alternative fuels must be increased and we must build infrastructure that enables a fossil-free society. It is important that the use of alternative fuels is increased also in maritime and air transport, says Minister Harakka.

The attractiveness and competitiveness of rail transport services must also be increased in order to achieve the climate objectives.

Finland emphasises the availability of data in the development of transport digitalisation.

- The need for real-time traffic data has been emphasised during the coronavirus pandemic. The availability, utilisation and interoperability of data should be increased between different modes of transport, says Minister Harakka.

Minister Harakka considers it important to restore confidence in public transport.

- To achieve this, we need innovative solutions. Could digital ticket applications be used for providing guidelines for safe travel and information about rush hours, Minister Harakka says.

Inquiries:

Johanna Juselius, Special Adviser to the Minister, tel. +358 50 372 7062