ASECAP Days 2021: don’t forget to register!

Logo ASECAP Days 2021 The ASECAP Days 2021 will be held in digital format
on 10 November 2021 on the theme:

Regaining trust and confidence to boost
the economy and to recover from pandemic

View our updated programme on our website.
Do not miss out the opportunity to listen high-quality presentations and hear high-level personalities!


Political panels and technical sessions will focus on the following topics:

  • EU Green Deal: Accelerating mobility project delivery that meet climate change challenges targeting carbon free emis- sion with sustainable funding and investments
  • Road safety - What are the safety gains
  • Digital transformation on road infrastructure
  • Sustainable transport solution - toward low carbon motorway
  • Emerging technologies and R&D projects
  • Innovation in toll collection: Making it cashless and interoperable – Possible or not possible? That is the question

EU Taxonomy: ASECAP’s revised briefing report sheds light on latest developments

There have been some developments in the field of taxonomy since ASECAP has drafted its briefing report on the issue in April (see the related article in our newsletter issue 36). The European Commission indeed published on 6 July (see the related article in our newsletter issue 48) a new Sustainable Finance Strategy, put forward the European Green Bond Standard Proposal and adopted a Delegated Act supplementing Article 8 of the EU Taxonomy Regulation. Furthermore, the European Commission adopted on 7 September a Green Bond Framework in view of issuing €250 billion of NextGenerationEU green bonds (see the related article in our newsletter issue 53).

ASECAP has updated its briefing report which provides more details about these latest developments.

EC Vice-President Timmermans presents the EU 2030 Climate Package to the MEPs

On 14 September the European Parliament debated the “Fit for 55” package with Commission’s Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and the Slovenian Presidency. MEPs sought answers about ensuring the new laws proposed in the “Fit for 55 in 2030” package will meet the increased climate ambitions adop- ted in the European Climate Law adopted in June 2021.
This debate came more than a month after the publication of the latest IPCC (Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change) report confirming climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying. During the debate, Mr Timmermans indicated that current record high power prices in EU countries show the EU must wean itself off fossil fuels and speed up the transition to green energy. Wholesale European power prices have doubled this year, driven by factors including soaring coal and gas prices, surging CO2 prices and lower than usual renewable energy out- put. “Had we had the Green Deal five years earlier, we would not be in this position because then we would have less dependence on fossil fuels and on natural gas,” he said. Record high power prices make case for the EU to faster its green transition in order to ensure more citizens have access to affordable renewable energy, he added.
Video recording of Mr Timmermans’ presentation
Video recording of the full debate

EC President von der Leyen delivered a speech on the state of the EU in EP plenary

On 15 September Ursula von der Leyen addressed to the Eu- ropean Parliament to deliver her annual speech on the state of the EU. She outlined the impact of the Commission’s work in the past year, particularly in tackling the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.
Furthermore, she shared with MEPs her vision for responding to the challenges the EU faces, including the economic recovery, the fight against climate change, the digitalisation agenda (see next article) and the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Full text of von der Leyen’s speech
Video recording of her speech

Governance, cross-border projects: the digital Europe of 2030 gets its tools

On 15 September, the European Commission presented its policy framework on digitalization entitled A Path to the Digital Decade. This draft decision sets out the governance for each Member State to achieve the 2030 Digital Decade targets. These include 5G coverage of the entire population and the construction of 10,000 edge clouds for data processing, useful for connected mobility. To measure progress, the European Commission will rely on the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) and ad hoc in- dicators set out in an implementing act. The decision also sets the framework for cross-border projects by allowing at least three EU countries to set up joint projects, validated by the European executive, to accelerate.

They can include private actors, and take different forms, such as a joint venture or a "European digital infrastructure consortium", a new legal form for the deployment of infrastructure with public and private funds. It should be noted that the re- view of the Digital Decade objectives is scheduled for 2026.
EC press release and background documents

Upcoming EU Sustainable Energy Week

The 16th edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) – the EU’s biggest annual event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use – will take place from 25-29 October 2021, under the theme Towards 2030: Reshaping the European energy system. The digital Policy Conference of the EUSEW 2021 will be held on 25-28 October. Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders will focus on sustainable energy issues, debate new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas. Alongside the conference, networking opportunities will gather the EUSEW Community online to forge alliances whilst the EUSEW Awards celebrate outstanding individuals, projects and ideas. During the conference, the second European Youth Energy Day will gather 18-30-year-olds to share their ideas on how to transform Europe into the first climate-neutral continent. Furthermore, an extended programme of side events will be taking place prior to the EU Sustainable Energy Week from 11 to 21 October.
Info & Registration

High-level conference to weigh up EU and international work on Artificial Intelligence

Experts, policy-makers and members of the European and international communities met during a high-level conference on AI in Slovenia on 14 and 15 September. Organised by the European Commission and the Slovenian Presidency, this event addressed how to bring policymaking efforts from ambition to action and turn Europe into a global hub for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI). This event follows the Commission's proposed new rules and actions for excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence in April this year. The conference therefore gave the opportunity for an open forum of discussions on the AI regulation proposal, with a focus on standardisation, governance, liability and international cooperation. An international outreach initiative,, for a humancentric approach to AI will be officially launched. will aim to support and promote the EU's vision on sustainable and trustworthy AI worldwide. The conference also focused on the uptake and innovation of AI, with sessions on AI and green, financing, as well as edu- cation and skills.

Latest International Transport Forum’s publication

Data-driven Transport Infrastructure Maintenance: this report examines the potential of data-driven approaches to improving transport infrastructure maintenance. It assesses trends in maintenance strategies, explores how the targeted use of data could make them more effective for different types of transport infrastructure, and looks into implications for policy.

A webinar with a Q&A session with the report’s author will be held on 1 October. Info and registration.

Ongoing EU consultations

Consultation on the contingency plan for transport
Feedback deadline: 26 October 2021

Consultation on Sustainable transport – new urban mobility framework
Feedback deadline: 23 September 2021

EU institutions’ agenda and events
EP TRAN Committee meeting, 27 September 2021
Informal Transport & Energy Council, 21-23 September 2021

Other events

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