On September 15, 2017 Vleva agency (The Liaison agency Flanders-Europe) hosted the event “Breakfast session Europe on the Move: the mobility package” for the purpose of clarifying the extensive mobility package of the European Commission called “Europe on the move”.
This long term strategy is planned as a set of three waves, with the goal of achieving its objectives by 2025.
Main objectives of the road initiatives are to simplify existing rules, to ensure rights of workers and fair competition, to contribute to Paris Agreement and the 2030 goals by reducing CO2 and other external costs, to ensure compliance with EU law, to promote digital solutions for toiling and to make traffic safer.
Eddy Liegeois, who is the Head of Unit, Road Transport at the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission (DG MOVE) used his time on the panel to explain in detail the content of the package. He pointed out three main challenges: Impact on the environment and climate, protection of rights of workers and fair competition and avoiding fragmentation of the internal market by promoting EU solutions rather than national. He was joined by Tijl Dendal who is from the Ministry of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish Government. His presentation was more focused on technical and logistic side of the road charging. He presented the Eurovignette Directive and EETS Directive of the package where he especially focused on the heavy duty vehicles and their environmental damage.