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EU Transport Scoreboard shows Transport is improving in the Member States

Today, the European Commission published the second edition of the “EU Transport Scoreboard”, which compares how Member States perform in 29 transport categories.

Today, the European Commission published the second edition of the “EU Transport Scoreboard”, a benchmark which compares how Member States perform in 29 categories covering all aspects of transport. The objective of the Scoreboard is to help Member States to identify areas requiring priority investments and actions, in order to create a Single European Transport Area with high standards, notably in terms of sustainability. This is essential to the deepening of the internal market and to the shift towards a low-carbon economy, two priorities of the Commission.

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said “The 2015 scoreboard shows how dynamic the European transport sector is. I am pleased to see that good progress has been made compared to last year, for example for infrastructure quality and the opening of rail freight markets. The Scoreboard also shows what still needs to be done, in order to create jobs in the transport sector or to improve its sustainability.”

The Scoreboard brings together data from a variety of public sources (such as Eurostat, the European Environment Agency and the World Economic Forum). Following the publication of the first edition of the scoreboard in 2014, the Commission has refined the indicators and improved the scoreboard’s presentation. In this year’s edition, it is also possible to simply and visually track Member State progress over time. Overall, Member States have made good progress compared to the first edition of the Scoreboard.

The Netherlands top this year’s edition with high scores in 16 categories, followed by Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom and Denmark.

The Scoreboard can be consulted either by country or by one of the following topics:

  • Internal market (including indicators on rail market opening, pending court cases about infringements of EU law and the rate of transposition of EU transport directives into national law);
  • Investments and infrastructure (including quality of infrastructure for the different modes of transport and completion rates of the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T));
  • Energy Union and innovation (including share of renewable energy in transport fuel consumption, new cars using alternative fuels and time spent by drivers in traffic jams); and
  • People (including road and railway safety, women employed in transport and consumer satisfaction with different modes of transport).

Courtesy of the European Parliament