In the period 2003-2013 the European Commission used the Marco Polo programme as an instrument to improve environmental performance of the freight transport services at the EU level. The main objective of this programme was to improve the environmental performance of freight transport, to reduce road congestion and to enhance intermodal transport.
A new funding scheme for freight transport services is foreseen in the 2014-2020 financing period. Its design will take account of new developments in the market, results of the Marco Polo programme and the new transport policy framework established inter alia by the revised Trans-European Transport Network Guidelines and the Connecting Europe Facility. In this context, the scheme will contribute in particular to the deployment of innovative and sustainable freight transport services operating on the multimodal TEN-T network.
Aim of this questionnaire
This questionnaire has 43 (multiple choice and open) questions and will take approximately 20 – 30 minutes to answer. The questionnaire targets five topics:
Obstacles to sustainable freight transport
Experience gained from implementation of the Marco Polo programme
Market needs and objectives of a new funding scheme for freight transport services
Design of a new funding scheme
Companies, public authorities, academia, associations and other stakeholders who have an interest in the issue of improving efficiency and sustainability of the freight transport services in the EU.
The online questionnaire is available at this link http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/sustainable/consultations/2014-03-19-funding-scheme-freight-transport-services_en.htm