Commissioner for Transport Sim Kallas spoke on the first conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems and Services held in Brussels on 22 June:  “Intelligent Transport Systems can be a powerful tool to support overall transport policy goal in many ways. However ITS deployment is not a goal in itself” said Mr Kallas.

In the framework of the ITS Action Plan and associated directive Mr Kallas underlined the importance of the role of the EU to accelerate the deployment of ITS in Europe. “Europe has a role to play not by taking everything in our own hands but by supporting the right framework conditions (…)”

He also mentioned the significance of the Trans European Networks for Transport (T-TEN) : “we are currently in a decisive phase of our review of the T-TEN policy”. The European Commission recently opened a public consultation on a proposal for a new methodology on T-TEN planning.

The objective of this high-level conference was to provide first hand information on the implementation of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Action Plan and to debate the deployment of ITS in Europe in the framework of the forthcoming ITS directive.

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Original Publication Date: Mon 26 Jul 2010