Position of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) on European Urban Mobility

21 September 2021

Europe’s inland ports, as Enablers of Green Logistics, welcome the chance to evaluate the Urban Mobility Framework. As the unique representative of inland ports in Europe since 1994 – constituting of nearly 200 inland ports located in 18 Member States of the EU and Switzerland, Serbia and Ukraine – EFIP believes that the revision should take into account the recommendations hereunder in order to be successful.

EFIP welcomes the revision’s objective of putting urban logistical initiatives in line with the European Green Deal, and the Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy. Inland ports such as the ports of Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava and many more can and will play a far-reaching role in urban logistics and mobility. This can include water-busses and -taxis and solutions for the distribution of goods in a sustainable way. They can reduce emissions and congestion by using waterway transport to its full potential.

Inland ports can meet the objective of ensuring the smooth functioning of the internal market in urban, first- and last- mile segments of freight, delivery and passenger transport. EFIP considers that inland ports and waterborne solution need to be given a profound place in the future of European Urban Mobility.

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