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EU Taskforce calls for Europe to propel mobility innovation

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The EU Future Mobility Taskforce has developed joint guidance on how Europe can propel mobility innovation and become a global transportation leader. 

This call to action was relayed to the European Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean with a six-page report signed by the Taskforce’s 18 mobility companies.

Titled ‘Mobilising Innovation: Mapping Europe’s Path Towards the Future of Transport’, the paper comes shortly after the formation of the EU Mobility Taskforce in January with members from across various sectors including shared mobility, EV charging and eVTOL.

“We in Europe have the right ingredients to lead the sector at an international level,” an EU Future Mobility Taskforce representative told Zag Daily. 

“We have to ensure that we implement the necessary tools to favour local companies, not to put unnecessary stoppers on ourselves, and promote the ability to compete both inside and outside the European Union.”

Initiated by Bolt and Cabify, the Taskforce’s 18 companies include Dronamics, Volocopter, and Voi

Dronamics Co-Founder and CEO Svilen Rangelov told Zag Daily: “As Europe’s first cargo drone airline, we are delighted to be part of the EU Future Mobility task force, working with fellow innovators on establishing Europe’s competitiveness in the sector.

“Mobility is more than transport, it is of strategic importance as one of the core EU values – the freedom of movement of people, goods, services and capital.” 

Outlining three key areas, the report firstly calls for regulatory and market access, and a high-level transport coordinator within the European Commission to spearhead these efforts. 

It also advocates for increased public investment in mobility startups as well as access to Venture Funds by retail investors. 

The third area highlighted in the report is citizen engagement through the involvement of all stakeholders, the supply of science-based information, and the integration of new transport options to create a robust mobility ecosystem.

Adina Vălean said: “Europe has the potential to become a global leader in mobility innovation, we owe this to our citizens and to our economy’s competitiveness. 

“The joint efforts of these 18 companies, coming together to put forward specific, tangible and bold solutions to the challenges faced by mobility innovators, is a demonstration of true European values of togetherness and collaboration. “

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