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European Commission announces improved transport in member states, Romania ranks last in EU

The European Commission published on Friday the second edition of the “EU Transport Scoreboard” comparing the results recorded by the member states in 29 categories of transport, with Romania ranking last place in the European Union (EU).

The Scoreboard gathers data from public various sources (such as the Eurostat, the European Environment Agency and the World Economic Forum). Overall, the EU member states have seen good progress compared to the first edition of the scoreboard, drawn up in 2014.

The Netherlands ranks first in this year’s edition, with very good results in 16 categories, followed by Sweden, Finland, UK and Denmark. Romania ranks last (the 28th) in the EU, while Hungary ranks 20th, Bulgaria -23rd, and Poland – 27th.

“The 2015 scoreboard shows how dynamic the European transport sector is. I am pleased to see that good progress has been made compared to last year, for example for infrastructure quality and the opening of rail freight markets. The Scoreboard also shows what still needs to be done, in order to create jobs in the transport sector or to improve its sustainability,” said EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc.

In the case of Romania, the Scoreboard shows that in terms of domestic market, Romania has the highest degree of rail services opening in Europe, 56.8pct. However, for the passenger sector, the market share of others’ actors than the national operator is only 9.6pct.

As to investments and infrastructure, the quality of transport infrastructure is very poor (last place in the EU in terms of quality of roads, the 26th place out of 28 in terms of the quality of air transport infrastructure, and no. 22 out of 23 in terms of the quality of port infrastructure). Also, the average time for sea import and export is two days longer than the average in the EU.

Underscoring the areas requiring priority investment and policy measures, the Scoreboard is aimed at helping the member states to improve their national transport systems. The increase in transport sustainability and efficiency in Europe contributes to creating an energy union with prospective policy on climate change, and also to deepening the internal market – two priorities of the European Commission.

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