EU Environment and transport ministers sign the “Graz declaration”

On 30/11/2018, following the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the European environment and transport ministers published a common declaration on “clean, safe and affordable mobility”.

  • By Héloïse Thibault


The declaration sets out thematic actions for all authorities to reach the 2030 European Climate Objectives, and invites the European Commission to build upon it to deliver a comprehensive strategy by 2021. Here you’ll find a brief summary of these actions, and the Declaration with the detailed goals can be read here.

Clean vehicles

  • Accelerating the market introduction of low and zero-emission vehicles
  • Strengthening emission regulations
  • Promoting electric vehicles
  • Raising the share of renewable energy in transport
  • Evaluating and updating legal frameworks
  • Pursuing research and innovation actions
  • Changing behaviours by promoting eco-driving

Strategy for sustainable mobility and planning

  • Developing a European strategy for mobility management
  • Enhancing European support to Member States
  • Encouraging revision of the current European urban mobility policy and of the guidelines relating to SUMPs

Active mobility to promote health and sustainability

  • Integrating walking and cycling in the intermodal mobility chain
  • Develop a supportive framework to increase cycling’s share in transport modes
  • Support the creation of infrastructures for cycling an European level (Trans-European Cycling Network)
  • Providing increased support with European instruments
  • Including the benefits of active mobility in cost-benefit analysis of projects
  • Promoting the benefits of active mobility
  • Providing support for initiatives enhancing active mobility (European Mobility Weeek)

Safe and inclusive mobility

  • Taking vulnerable users into account
  • Promoting safety training and raising awareness among all road users using new technologies
  • Working to achieve the Road Safety Strategy and establishing KPIs
  • Promoting scientific knowledge on road safety

Multimodality and infrastructure

  • Encouraging the implementation of Europe-wide zero-emission intermodal mobility
  • Using digital technology and sustainable alternatives, building alternatives to road transport
  • Thinking of a multimodal data layer with open interface
  • Promoting modal shift from road
  • Increasing efficiency and attractiveness of rail transport
  • Promoting waterborne transport
  • Encouraging multimodal solutions for freight
Héloïse Thibault