Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is beginning the inclusion for the Transport and Mobility Master Plan for the years 2021–2030.
According to the Deputy Secretary of General for Transport Ahti Kuningas in Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the development of the Master Plan for the next ten years is to ensure a safe and technologically innovative transport sector while further developing the competitiveness of the logistics sector. „Above all, we need to find ways to pay more attention to environmental protection, digitalisation and the connectivity of Estonia with the world. This is the case both in rural and urban areas and for the competitiveness of international connections and freight,“ Kuningas added.
The event taking place today is kick-starting the process of inclusion of the public and interested parties for the next one and a half years. In the event, we are getting an overview of the preliminary results of the previous development plan for the years 2014 – 2020 and map the successes and challenges in the sector by each mode. This is to create a common understanding in order to start productive and constructive discussions in workgroups and with the public.
The International Transport Forum is delighted to support Estonia in developing a mobility masterplan for the 21stcentury. „We can bring to this visionary project all the empirical evidence, experiences and best practices from member countries of the ITF and the ITF in-house quantitative modeling capacity, which we hope will help to ensure that the Master Plan will offer world-class transport solutions for Estonia’s citizens and businesses,” Jari Kauppila, Head of Quantitative Policy Analysis and Foresight Division of the International Transport Forum at the OECD, added.
The Master Plan is important to have a steady and clear course towards the future. It will also assist in tackling the challenges regarding environmental goals for 2030. There are many ways of improving the connectivity of Estonia to Europe and the rest of the world.
“The aim of the project is to analyse the challenges and opportunities that Estonia’s transport system will face and to identify the country's needs in terms of infrastructure and reforms. I am proud that the Structural Reform Support Service can contribute in this way to putting in place a high-quality and sustainable transport infrastructure in Estonia,” said Maarten Verwey, Director General of the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service.
The project is funded by the Structural Reform Support Programme of the European Union and implemented by International Transport Forum (ITF)/OECD in cooperation with the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS).