European Commission adopts a working paper on transport security

European Commission adopts a working paper on transport security

31 May 2012 – Today, the European Commission adopted a working paper on transport security. The document aims to gather ideas for the development of the European transport security policy. Particularly, the document focuses on the lack of a common strategy for the land transport sector.

The Commission regrets the absence of a common and comprehensive approach for developing the land transport security at EU level. Therefore, it proposes to create an Advisory Group for Land Transport Security made of national policy experts, which will be helped by a parallel stakeholder group. The two groups would then discuss with the Commission policy options for ensuring a balanced development of EU policy for land transport security.

The Commission believes that by developing a system built on the numerous existing and good practices amongst individual transport operators and regulators, the overall security of EU citizens can be improved at very little cost. The improvement of the safety level will also increase the competitiveness of transport operators, as the provision of security should not be an issue that distorts the smooth functioning of the single market.

The Commission will invite all interested parties to comment on the working paper. It is planned that the Committee will be operational by the second half of 2012 and that its work can lead to initiatives already in 2013.

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