Second MIP programme being considered
First indications are that DG-TREN will consider a second MIP (Multi-annual Indicative Programme) to further encourage the use of ITS in
- Reduction of congestion by up to 25% and improvement in the quality of travel;
- Improving safety by up to 25%, and thereby contributing to the European overall goal of reducing casualties by 50%; and
- CO2 emission reductions by 10%, mainly in urban areas.
However, specific programme targets will be derived for ITS deployment based on individual Member States' policy objectives for transport and environment, as these will recognise differences in the status of development and deployment between Member States.
It is proposed that the future investment for European funds will focus on:
- Enhancing cross border (or jurisdictional) cooperation;
- Fully exploiting technology e.g. Galileo, e-Safety;
- Nurturing information services;
- Improving mobility, tactical and strategic management; and
- Further improving safety and compliance.
The TEN-T Financial Assistance Committee met in April, but did not consider financial support for ITS. The Chairs of the Euro-Regional Projects are writing to the Committee to seek the opportunity to present the plans for ITS at the next meeting, which is scheduled for June 2006. Support for continuation of the projects is growing within DG TREN.
HA EUWATCH will continue to monitor developments.
Key words: Environment; European Commission; Galileo; Project; Safety; Traffic information; Traffic management