Transport priorities for digitalisation and standardisation

TRAN committee adopted two opinions by MEP Pavel Telička respectively on Standards for the 21st century and on Digitising EU Industry.

Last week, the Transport and Tourism committee of the European Parliament adopted with a large majority two opinions drafted by Pavel Telička on the questions of standardisation in the 21st century and on the digitalisation of the European industry.

“Some people might be disappointed but these opinions are not a list of opportunities. In the past, we had already far too many reports doing so and if I were to make a comparison, it seems as if in the last century we had been continuously discussing what use to make of cars instead of thinking of the infrastructure we need for them. Therefore we tried to focus on what actually matter and on what will make it happen. ” explained Pavel Telička in committee before the votes.

The two opinions lay down priorities for the transport and tourism sectors to effectively support the development of new standards and further digitalisation of the industry.

The transport sector has been at the forefront of digitalisation in Europe, starting with a gradual automation of transport modes - for instance the rail - far before automated cars started to be trendy. These developments have been accompanied by the appropriate standards to support the market uptake of new technologies and to strengthen the EU leading position vis-a-vis third countries. 

The digital age, and in particular new high capacity networks, open an ever-wider spectrum of opportunities in the transport and the tourism sectors as concerns both the traditional mobility operations and their related services. To unleash the full potential of these changes, the opinions, among others, recommend:

-          to develop of a coordinated Industrial Digitalisation Strategy for the EU to tackle fragmentation and disparities in transport competitiveness and digitalisation and to develop appropriate   standards, whenever necessary, to harmonise conditions at national level which results in barriers to the internal market;

-          to adopt a cross sectorial vision for investment in broadband connectivity and to make a more efficient use of existing EU funds to support highly innovative projects, while paying a special attention to SMEs and start-ups;

-          to fully assess the potential and the effects of digitalisation in transport, mobility and tourism services;

-          to clarify safety and liability rules for fully autonomous transport;

-          to invest in vocational training and prepare for the integration of digital technologies;

Find the text of the opinions on European Standards and on digitising European Industry  

Find the corresponding communications from the Commission on European Standards and on digitising European Industry

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