Intermodality – Position on Marco Polo

September 25, 2002

T&E, the European Federation for Transport and Environment welcomes the Commission’s proposal on the granting of Community financial assistance to improve the environmental performance of the freight transport system.

This proposal, known as the Marco Polo programme, is intended to reduce road congestion and improve the environmental performance of the transport system by shifting freight transport from road to short sea shipping, rail and inland waterway transport.

T&E supports the objectives of the Marco Polo programme but considers the proposed budget of 115 Mio Euros as a an absolute minimum level to obtain any results. Any attempt to cut this budget down indicates a lack of commitment to moving the current transport system towards sustainability.

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