Brussels, 23 May 2022 (TDI): The European Union Commission has adopted a Contingency Plan for transport to protect the EU’s transport during times of crisis.

To strengthen the resilience of EU transport in circumstances of crisis, the plan withdraws lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, it considers the challenges faced by the EU transport sector from the beginning of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

As a result, the crises have both affected the transport of goods and people severely. However, the resilience of this sector together with the improved coordination among member states were important to the EU’s response to such challenges.

The Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean said that such difficult times remind them of the significance of their EU transport sector and the requirement to work on their resilience and preparedness.

The ten actions to draw lessons from recent crises

The plan proposes a toolbox of 10 actions meant to guide the EU and its Member States when they introduce such emergency crisis-response measures.

Thereupon, the plan also highlights the significance of guaranteeing minimum connectivity, passenger protection, building resilience to cyberattacks as well as resilience testing.

In addition to this, the plan further emphasizes the relevance of the Green Lanes principles.

The 10 areas of action include making EU transport laws fit for crisis situations, ensuring both adequate support for the transport sector and free movement of goods, services, and people, managing the flows of refugees, and repatriating stranded passengers.

Moreover, it also includes ensuring minimum connectivity and passenger protection, sharing transport information, strengthening transport policy coordination and cybersecurity, testing transport contingency, and cooperation with international partners.

The Commission highlighted the important lesson from the pandemic, that is, coordinating crisis response measures in order to prevent situations whereby lorries, their drivers, and essential goods are stuck at borders.

Therefore, the Contingency Plan for Transport brings about guiding principles that ensure crisis response measures are transparent, non-discriminatory, and proportional to the EU Treaties.

The next steps

Consequently, the Commission and the Member States will utilize the Contingency Plan to respond to present challenges that are affecting the transport sector.

The Commission will support the Member States as well as guide the process of building crisis preparedness in cooperation with the EU agencies.

Thus, by coordinating the Network of National Transport Contact Points and keeping up regular discussions with international partners and stakeholders.

Another next step is to respond to instant challenges and to ensure that Ukraine is able to export grain and import the goods it needs, from humanitarian aid to animal feed and fertilizers.

Thereby, the Commission will synchronize the Solidarity Lanes contact points network as well as the Solidarity Lanes matchmaking platform.

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