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Transport policy in the European Union from an Eastern perspective


  • Tamas Fleischer

    () (Institute of World Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)


Although the intention of developing a common transport policy was mooted in the early stages of the European Communities, it took the form in practice of regulation of isolated transport activities, with the aim in every case of removing advantages inadmissible in competitionpolicy terms. Only in the 1980s were the sights raised from such institutional matters to that of developing corridors between regions on a continental scale. This period brought the Union’s first White Paper on transport, under the motto “a single network for the single market”, aimed principally at removing regulatory, institutional and physical barriers to links between member-states. The next White Paper, appearing in 2001, displayed a strong change of outlook with enhanced attention to environmental constraints. The main demand was for curbs on traffic volume, including a decrease in the proportion of road transport. The 2006 revision of the 2001 White Paper marked a significant departure from the progressive change of outlook that had been initiated, leading to a serious degree of backtracking and reformulation of aims.

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  • Tamas Fleischer, 2009. "Transport policy in the European Union from an Eastern perspective," IWE Working Papers 193, Institute for World Economics - Centre for Economic and Regional Studies- Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:iwe:workpr:193

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    1. András Farkas, 2014. "A Sequential Transport Policy Framework for Sustainable Transport," Proceedings- 11th International Conference on Mangement, Enterprise and Benchmarking (MEB 2014),, Óbuda University, Keleti Faculty of Business and Management.
    2. Tamas Fleischer, 2011. "Transport and sustainability, with special regard to the EU Transport White Paper of 2011," IWE Working Papers 197, Institute for World Economics - Centre for Economic and Regional Studies- Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
    3. Fleischer, Tamás, 2011. "Sustainable mobility at the EU level – and the new transport White Paper," MPRA Paper 60377, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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