News from Europe

  • 7 May 2024
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Joint open letter to the EU institutions: European public transport sector calls for strong support for public transport

In an open letter addressed to the EU Institutions, EMTA, EPTO, Eurocities, IRU, Polis and UITP argue that the indispensable role of public transport in shaping sustainable urban mobility deserves special attention during the next legislative term. Moving over 50 billion passengers annually, public transport stands as the most sustainable, efficient, and inclusive mass transit

  • 4 April 2024
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Calling for more EU budget for metropolitan public transport – EMTA joins forces with other organisations

EMTA and 43 other European transport organisations, representing the key spectrum of Europe’s transport network, are joining forces in a campaign to urge the Council and the European Parliament to increase the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget for transport in the upcoming review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework. The transport sector is of strategic importance

Picture of a person on a train station platform, a train in the background
  • 3 April 2024
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EMTA joins a coalition calling for support for urban nodes within the TEN-T

EMTA joins other leading networks, territorial groupings and EU-funded research projects in calling for EU member states to support urban nodes within the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The Urban Nodes Alliance jointly published the position paper ‘Urban Nodes: Empowering cities and regions to build the TEN-T’ at the start of the Connecting Europe Days 2024,

  • 6 February 2024
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Johannes Laitila appointed Communications Officer at EMTA

EMTA has appointed Johannes Laitila as Communications Officer from 1 February 2024. Johannes is seconded to EMTA from HSL, the public transport authority of Helsinki Region in Finland. Johannes is a Finnish national with a Master of Social Sciences in Communication from the University of Helsinki. He has worked as a communications professional at HSL

  • 4 November 2023
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The EMTA conference marks the 25th anniversary of the association

On 25-27 October 2023, EMTA delegates gathered in Barcelona for their 50th general meeting hosted by ATM – the public transport authority for the Barcelona area. In a CEO-level panel debate, members explored various solutions for the funding of public transport in the years to come. Members elected a new board and president for the

Marco Gabusi, Grégoire de Lasteyrie, Carla Tavares, Dorthe Nøhr Pedersen, Anton  Fendert and Laurent Probst, signatories of the EMTA Barcelona Declaration on 27 October 2023
  • 27 October 2023
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The Barcelona Declaration highlights the special role of public transport authorities in creating a carbon free and sustainable metropolitan mobility system in Europe

In the declaration made on 27 October 2023 in Barcelona, EMTA members: The declaration was elaborated by the 34 EMTA members and endorsed by political representatives invited to the EMTA conference marking the 25th anniversary of the organisation: Press release

  • 14 September 2023
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Improper MDMS regulation will fragment metropolitan public transport services

In an open letter to the EU Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean, EMTA reacts on open ticketing policy options that would impose on local rail services the rules designed for long distance rail services. EMTA alerts on the risk of fragmentation of the metrpolitan integrated public transport systems, used by millions of Europeans daily for their

  • 3 July 2023
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CO2 emissions targets on buses must not result in greater car use

In a position paper, EMTA members renew their support for the adoption of clean and zero-emission vehicles but emphasize the need for financial support and a nuanced approach to support the public transport sector through a rapid technology transition. The paper voices the concerns of public transport authorities (PTAs) across Europe about the proposed regulation

  • 7 July 2022
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Catch up with the EIT MobilityTalks on Multimodal Digital Mobility Services

EMTA Secretary general Alexandre Santacreu commented on MaaS in the latest EIT MobilityTalk on 7 July 2022. The event was focussed on the building blocks for the development and deployment of multimodal digital mobility services, such as Mobility-as-a-Service applications. Speakers included:

  • 17 May 2022
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Open letter: Protect the legal framework for public transport services or undermine the Green Deal

The PSO regulation (EC 1370/2007) is the legal framework for the public transport sector in Europe. In draft interpretative guidelines circulated in December 2021, the European Commission suggests the adoption of a new regime led by market-initiative. In an open letter to the Secretary General of the European Commission, EMTA urges the Commission to refrain

EMTA Members