Why the European Commission's proposed deregulation of Public Transport is flawed

Media Event

18 May
17:00 to 17:30


MPA1, Level 0

Local public transport offers a real alternative to the private car. This works because public transport authorities orchestrate and subsidise integrated multimodal networks. Now, the European Commission wants to soften up the legal framework on which public transport authorities rely and allow new operators to provide the same services. But deregulated bus markets will lead to fragmented services that serve mostly the profitable routes and peak hours, while neglecting whole areas and times of the day. The result will be a lower share of public transport, not a higher one.

In this press conference, a broad coalition of organisations will set out why the Commission proposal deprives cities and regions of an effective policy instrument to achieve modal shift. They will demonstrate how it undermines the struggle for inclusive mobility and social cohesion, and the very objectives of European Green Deal.

EMTA, the Association of European Metropolitan Transport Authorities, hosts this event, together with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and the POLIS network of cities and regions for transport innovation.


Karen Vancluysen, POLIS Secretary General
Mohamed Mezghani, UITP Secretary General
Alexandre Santacreu, EMTA Secretary General

Moderator: Thomas Geier, EMTA Research and Policy Officer


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