5 August 2019
Finland’s Minister for Transport sets priorities for EU presidency
Finland’s recently appointed Minister for Transport and Communication Sanna Marin addressed the European Parliament’s Commission on Transport and Tourism on July 24th, 2019 and shared the priorities set by Finland relating to transport for its presidency of Council of the European Union. During its six-month presidency, Finland aims to address three central big questions facing the transport sector in the near future: how can we improve infrastructure, reduce emissions, and make the best of digitalization and new technologies.
To guide the efforts in addressing these big challenges, Finland has identified the following four strategic areas: digital transport services, the automation of transport, carbon-free transport and the data economy. These areas form the core of Finland’s strategic focus during its presidency and are defined by the chosen motto “Smart connections for sustainable growth”. This motto, in the words of Minister Marin, “…reflects not only the coming together of transport and communications services in the digital era but also the future needs in developing networks.”
Among the key priorities for the Finnish presidency are the following measures aimed at reducing emissions and increasing the reliability and efficiency of European transport. Examining the regulation of mobility comprehensively, with a scope expanding beyond individual modes of transportation to consider multimodal transport networks. Establishing a broader, more diverse offering of transport services to support sustainable growth and competitiveness in Europe. Increasing automation in transport to improve safety and efficiency as well as resolve environmental and climate-related challenges. Harnessing the potential of data to produce new services and improve existing ones. Harnessing the full potential of data in the development of digital services and automated services calls for improvements to quality and processing of data.
Among the upcoming forums where the Finnish ministers intend to pursue these issues are the Transport Council meeting in September, the and the Digital Transport Days in October.