After the Commission had presented the 8th Environmental Action Programme (EAP) for the period from 2021 to 2030 in October last year, the Parliamentary Transport Committee TRAN now also expressed its opinion on 1 February.
Environmental Action Programmes provide a general policy framework for the European Union's environmental policy, defining the main medium and long-term objectives and setting them out in a basic strategy, including concrete measures where appropriate. In the draft opinion, TRAN welcomes the proposal to integrate sustainability into all relevant initiatives and projects at national and EU level. It also supports the involvement of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) as being of utmost importance to support the new monitoring, measuring and reporting of this programme and to achieve the objectives of the 8 th EAP. Rapporteur Rovana Plumb (S&D, RO) believes that all modes of transport must contribute to reducing all types of emissions. Achieving sustainable transport means putting users at the centre and providing them with more affordable, accessible and environmentally friendly alternatives to their current mobility habits to ensure a fair and equitable transition that leaves no one behind. The draft goes on to say that in parallel, the EU should promote the production and use of sustainable alternative transport fuels and zero-emission vehicles.