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Euroopa tasuta ühistranspordi pealinnade kohtumine Brüsselis

Euroopa tasuta ühistranspordi pealinnade kohtumine Brüsselis

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European free public transport states and capitals meeting

7 October 2019, at 10:00

Tallinn European Office, rue du Luxembourg 3, Brussels

9:30 coffee

10:00 extended tour de table

Kadri Simson, Ex-minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Estonia
Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
Francois Bausch, Minister of Mobility and Public Works, Luxembourg
Harald Wolf,  Spokesperson for traffic and energy policy of DIE LINKE faction in Berlin Parliament
Andrei Novikov, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn

moderated by head of Tallinn European Union Office Allan Alaküla

12:00  refreshments

Mostly as as a response to climate urgency and modern socio-economic challenges the appeal of free public transport policy is growing globally, including in EU member states, regions and municipalities.  

In the footsteps of the first capital of free public transport Tallinn, Estonia started in July 2018 free ride for all in most regional bus networks. Luxembourg goes further, starting from March 2020 free ride for all in all modes of its public transport (including trains), nationwide. Paris and Berlin have recently extensively expanded the fare-free groups, including large numbers of youth and elderly passengers and the debates for more are ongoing. Similar discussions are familiar also in the heart of the EU – Brussels Capital Region. The total number of free public transport cities and regions nears 100 in Europe.  

With an increasing number of member states and capitals involved, its time to bring free public transport as one policy option closer to the radars of relevant EU institutions. Starting from complex feasibility studies on free public transport´s direct and wider impacts with possible following discussion on EU regulation – would there be a need for tightening, relaxing or initiating new rules, in collaboration of the cities, member states and the EU Council, Parliament or Commission where necessary.

Here You are below summaries of the meeting by Tallinn´s newspaper Pealinn (in Estonian)

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