Aid for Combined Transport - Marco Polo

The Marco Polo programme, which overall objective was subsidising actions to move freight from road to other modes has ended and will not be extended. The Commission is now looking for a replacement programme to support climate/environment friendly actions in transport.

It is NLA’s opinion that the one-sided focus of the Marco Polo programme has proved a failure. The EU should think more inclusive about road transport. The policies that the EU has supported which concentrate on pushing freight on to non-road modes has proven ineffective . NLA stresses the point that the policy has also been dissuasive for developing and strengthening cooperation between road transport and other modes.  NLA believes it should be the EU’s goal to encourage efforts that seeks to increase efficiency and make freight operations greener inside each mode of transport and advocate possibilities for better and more sustainable interaction and cooperation between modes. NLA emphasizes, that it is financing of the added equipment for the loading between modes and other innovative investments that it is difficult to do particularly for SME’s.

The creation of a new EU framework should therefore focus on initiatives within all modes and cooperative projects between modes that deals with the greening of transport and on improving fuel efficiency. It is essential that such a framework concentrates on the uptake of already developed technologies and innovative solutions as the adoption of these still poses a major problem. This must be the framework of the program as other programme’s already covers and support new research and innovation.