Mission & Aims
Mobility for Prosperity in Europe is a transport association which has been founded in 2005. It mainly works in Brussels led by its President, former MEP Ari Vatanen, in close cooperation with transport organisations and multinational companies.
Why is the association needed?
European transport policy is still distorted and largely ignores the needs of users. While the European Commission has officially abandoned the policy of modal shift advocated during the first decade of 2000, the 2011 White Paper on Transport can be seen largely as a continuation of this unsuccessful strategy. Fundamentally, it is still based on the assumption that railways are the cleanest form of transport and that a shift from road to rail is needed in order to make the transport sector more environmentally friendly. This is also reflected in the Connecting Europe Facility infrastructure investment plan which is almost exclusively devoted to rail transport.
This political dogmatism leads to inefficiency and wasteful use scarce resources and has so far prevented us from getting the best value for money and risks seriously undermining our future prosperity. Modal shift away from efficient and user-friendly modes and a futile attempt to decouple transport growth from economic growth are serious menaces to prosperity.
What do we want?
The time has come to change the false perceptions. We have to acknowledge the role of road and air transport as necessary and beneficial components of modern logistics. Now we must put welfare in the driver's seat!
European transport policy should:
- Decouple the harmful effects of transport from its growth rather than try to limit transports as long as they are efficient and non-subsidized.
- Admit that modal shift is not possible. Even doubling rail freight in Europe would hardly make a dent on the amount of transports by truck.
- Improve logistics and lower costs. Otherwise Europe cannot compete in the global market. Only by allowing modal choice to be market driven can this be ensured.
- Enhance the image of transports. Transports create jobs and allow us to enjoy much higher quality of life than otherwise. It is also essential to point out how much cleaner transports are nowadays. Much prejudice is based on old facts!
What does Mobility for Prosperity do to achieve its aims?
The association is a tool of its Members, flexibly taking up issues important to them. The main types of actions include:
- Gathering the Members and other stakeholders to discuss logistical needs and how to coordinate efforts so as to reach the goals.
- Organising targeted meeting with key institutional stakeholders, e.g. transport attachés, MEPS’s and European Commission officials for informal discussion on key transport dossier
Who are the Members?
Mobility for Prosperity in Europe currently has 16 members representing a broad range of interests. It’s membership includes vehicle and parts manufacturers; transport service operators; infrastructure builders, suppliers and operators; and consumers.
How is work organised?
The association is registered in Paris with a Secretariat in Brussels. The MPE Secretariat is currently operated by the European Union Road Federation (ERF)