september, 2016

27sep19:3022:00Towards a Single and Innovative European Transport System19:30 - 22:00 Event Type:K4I Forum Dinner Debate in cooperation with the SINTRAS Consortium


(Tuesday) 19:30 - 22:00


Members' Salon, European Parliament, Brussels

Event Details

The European Commission set out a new European transport strategy in its 2011 White Paper. This White Paper stressed the role of innovation and new technology in strengthening European transport. It also pointed out that the development and adoption of new technology is hampered by barriers due, at least in part, to the fragmented nature of Europe’s transport system. There is a need to understand in more detail the nature and causes of these barriers and thus be able to identify actions to overcome them.

To support the Commission in working towards a single and innovative European transport system, a study was launched to:

  • identify the barriers which impede the use of innovation and new technology to build a truly optimised single European transport system;
  • propose actions which will help to tackle these barriers and thus accelerate progress towards such an optimised system.

A Consortium led by the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy, and including TPF and Rupprecht Consult has been tasked to carry out this study, called SINTRAS.

The study team has collected the views and opinions of the stakeholders in Europe, across modalities, and across different themes and the focus areas of the study:

  1. Connected driving and automation of transport, and use of automated optimisation of traffic flows
  2. Transformation of infrastructure to address connectivity, resilience, new fuels and energy efficiency
  3. Smart mobility services (including provision and use of data, and urban mobility), freight and logistics
  4. Standardisation and interoperability
  5. Alternative fuels other than electrification

After the stocktaking, the stakeholder involvement activities and the analysis of the information collected, the study is now moving towards defining a roadmap and action plan (for each of the five focus areas). This action plan will be complementary to and feed into the Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA).

The dinner debate in the European Parliament is organised in order to have a debate on the political climate to tackle the different barriers and move towards a single and innovative European transport system.


List of Attendees

SINTRAS Powerpoint



K4I Forum Dinner Debate: “Towards a Single and Innovative European Transport System” – 27 September 2016, European Parliament

K4I Forum Dinner Debate: “Towards a Single and Innovative European Transport System” – 27 September 2016, European Parliament


Jerzy BUZEK, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), K4I Vice-Chair of the the Governing Board – K4I Forum of the European Parliament

Speakers for this event

  • Citroën, Philippe

    Citroën, Philippe

    Director General, UNIFE - The European Rail Industry

    Philippe Citroën joined UNIFE in 2011 as Director General. He began his career as Transport Advisor at the French Permanent Representation to the EU and then became Member of the Cabinet of the French Transport Minister. In 1993 he became Manager and Chief of Staff at RATP Paris, and joined the SNCF as Strategy Director in 1999. Prior to assuming his position at UNIFE, he served for 8 years as CEO of Systra, one of the world’s leading public transport engineering companies. P. Citroën is a graduate of Paris II University in Public Law, holds a Diploma from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and also studied at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), where he also lectured about Rail and Urban Transport.

    Director General, UNIFE - The European Rail Industry

  • Fisher, Robbert

    Fisher, Robbert

    President, Knowledge4Innovation

    Robbert Fisher specializes in strategy and policy in the fields of R&D, technology transfer and innovation in general. His key focus is on ICT policy. Since 1st January 2020 he is principal associate investigator at the University de las Campinas in Sao Paolo Brazil, where he focuses on the further development of Big Data and AI for policy analysis, development and monitoring. Robbert is on the board of several start up companies, a trusted expert for the European Commission in the field of big data and AI, and since 2017 the president of K4I. From 2011 to 2019 Robbert was the managing director of the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy, a Brussels based think tank of four renowned RTO’s (TNO, VTT, Tecanalia and Joanneum Research). Prior to that he has founded two companies, from 1989 until 2000 he was a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers. From 1991-1995 Robbert was seconded as an expert to the European Commission DG XIII (now DG CONNECT) in Luxembourg. Robbert received a Master’s degree Law, Leiden University, the Netherlands with special subjects Intellectual property, Information Systems and Business economics. He holds degrees in marketing and public relations. In addition, he is an alumnus of the PwC International Management Development Programme, and has followed executive courses at Darden Business School and Oxford Said Business School.

    President, Knowledge4Innovation

  • Jurimae, Tiit

    Jurimae, Tiit

    Interim Director, Clean Sky

    Interim Director, Clean Sky

  • Klimke, Torsten

    Klimke, Torsten

    Deputy Head of Unit - Research and Innovative Transport Systems, DG for Mobility and Transport

    Deputy Head of Unit - Research and Innovative Transport Systems, DG for Mobility and Transport

  • Prof Vickerman, Roger

    Prof Vickerman, Roger

    University of Kent

    University of Kent