ITS Conference 2010

The European Commissioner for Transport, Vice-President Mr. Siim Kallas, opened the Conference.

Mr. Kallas has outlined that ITS will play an important role in the future in order to facilitate the interconnection between all different transport modes in order to better manage the growing traffic flow.

The Director-General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission, Mr. Matthias Ruete, outlined the progress in the implementation of the ITS Action Plan and the forthcoming ITS Directive.

Mr. Ruete stated that 2010 is an important year for the transport policy, in fact the White Book that was delivered in 2001, will be reviewed by the end of this year in view of the next 10 years. In this context the ITS Directive is an important step forward to a successful implementation of the ITS application.

Mr Jean-Eric Paquet, Director, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission, has moderated both morning Plenary Session where the following topics have been presented and discussed:

Implementation priorities of the ITS Action Plan
The expected impact of the forthcoming ITS Directive
EU instruments in support of ITS deployment
The importance of the ITS data dimension and the key challenges for achieving efficient traffic and travel information services
The barriers to and options for the deployment and integration of ITS applications.

Intervention was been made by

  • Mr Juan Miguel Sánchez García, General Director for Land Transport – Ministry of Public Works and Transport – Spanish Presidency;
  • Ms Anne Jensen, Member of European Parliament – Rapporteur on ITS Directive;
  • Mr Josef Zbořil, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee;
  • Mr Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor;
  • Mr András Siegler, Director, Directorate-General for Research, European Commission;
  • Mr Thierry Van der Pyl, Director, Directorate-General for the Information Society.

At the end of the Plenary Session 2, Mr Dirk Beckers, Director, TEN-T Executive Agency, have presented the role of the Agency that, in syntesis, turns the policy made by the European Commission into action. After Mr Beckers has also presented the EasyWay ITS programme, giving the status of the first phase (2007-2009) and introduced the some prerequisite that are at the basis of the actual negotiation momentum for the next EasyWay phase 2.

Ms Magda Kopczynska, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission, close the working day, with a reference to the work that need to be done to put in operation the ITS Directive. At the moment it is not yet define how to proceed with the Member States Expert group, and also with the ITS Advisory Board. The objective is that the ITS Advisory Board is as representative, as efficient and as well organized as it is possible.

The EC ITS Conference 2010 has provided first hand information on the implementation of the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Action Plan and it has brought together high-level representatives from the European institutions and key stakeholders from the public and private sectors as ASECAP, IRU, TOMTOM, ACEA, ERTICO, to debate the deployment of ITS in Europe in the framework of the forthcoming ITS Directive.