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Europe's freight transport policy: analysis, synthesis and evaluation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paulus AditjandraORCiD


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This book chapter maps the changing nature of European Union (EU) surface freight transport policy since 2000. Over this period the policy, based on the liberalisation of the Single European Market in the ten years before 2000, changed from purely national to supranational, on a pan-European scale. This period saw the expansion of the EU to the East and the changing make-up of the Union and the Commission and witnessed how the political nature of the policy adapts. The research is the first accessible, objective and independent review of overall EU surface freight policy.The review show that, by 2011, intervention, modal shift and intermodalism have been replaced by 'smart', 'green' and'integrated' themes, alongside economic competitiveness and growth. The key change is that policy now looks to separate mobility from its negative effects; for example, behavioural change orientation programmes, such as road pricing for freight, have declined in importance. Innovative technology, by contrast, is the chosen tool of the current EU freight policy to meet ambitious emission reduction targets, led by the decarbonisation of road haulage. The tension between technocracy and explicit political intent is evident in the development and is discussed. Successful and unsuccessful freight policies are also drawn, discussed and concluded.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Aditjandra PT

Editor(s): Yoram Shiftan; Maria Kamargianni

Series Editor(s): Bert van Wee

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Preparing for the New Era of Transport Policies - Learning from Experience

Year: 2018

Volume: 1

Pages: 197-243

Print publication date: 12/09/2018

Online publication date: 12/09/2018

Acceptance date: 29/06/2018

Series Title: Advances in Transport Policy and Planning

Publisher: Academic Press



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ISBN: 9780128152942