The Director-General at the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Finland, which holds the EU Presidency, has told a Think Tank in Brussels his focus for the Presidency on using transport as a test case for sharing data in order to have more services.
Mikael Nyberg (pictured) told the ERTICO – ITS Europe event that the world needs more versatile transport services and set out four pillars for mobility – digital transport services, safe automation, carbon-free transport, data economy.
In a speech to the gathering of around a hundred transport professionals that from the outset Finland wanted to find a way of using its presidency to contribute to the European Commission’s five year working programme and its content and that Europe needs smoothly running and efficient transport, which needs to use a range of modes.
Mr Nyberg stressed that European cities are leading the way to develop sustainable transport systems, and that most of the planet’s most liveable cities are on the European continent, often thanks to their excellent public transport.
The commission is conduction a survey on remaining requirements of integrated EU-wide payment and ticketing systems. “In Finland,” he said, “We have proved Mobility as a Service can operate successfully as part of a transport network without the need to have legislation.
“Transport services are built on data,” he continued. “It’s not only true for transport but wider issues in society so that is why data is one of the priorities we have during our presidency. There is untapped economic potential but a lack of trust so the EU needs to guide the development of the data economy. The data principles are based on people, organisations and societies to innovate, trust and learn with data.”
Mr Nyberg was one of a range of speakers at the event which also included ERTICO Chairman Angelos Amditis who told the Think Tank “It is a very important duty for us to support transport managers because it is vital they understand the benefits of technology. [What we do is] more than smart cities – it’s smart societies, and smart mobility is part of this. We must change and adapt to the needs and demands of growing populations. We must have a user-centric output. Our rapidly-changing society demands smart forms of mobility that are future proof and sustainable, flexible, efficient and personalised.”
Greek MEP Elena Kountoura, who is a Member of TRAN Committee in the Parliament reminded the gathering, “We must never forget it is our duty to make it affordable and accessible. We must maximise the benefits of transport for tourism. Safe and seamless travel is top priority.”
The event also heard panel discussions about micromobility, urban air and Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning plus entertaining speeches from Lily Christensen of what3words and the innovator Jef Staes.