EU launches future mobility taskforce, recommendations expected in Spring 2024

European Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean launched the EU Future Mobility Taskforce in Brussels last week, with the goal of providing guidance to policymakers for the next legislative mandate in the area of innovation and startups in the transportation sector. The new task force is comprised of 18 European mobility companies and startups, including Aura Aero, Bolt, Cabify, Carto, Dronamics, EVBOX, EV Connect, Fastned, Flix, Lilium, MaasGlobal, Nevomo, Otiv, Volocopter, Voi, Virta.

“Today marked the launch of the EU Future Mobility Taskforce, where 16 CEOs and Founders from Europe’s top private mobility unicorns and startups joined forces,” said Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean. “In a dynamic meeting, we delved into the needs of our transport innovators and explored ground-breaking initiatives like Drone Strategy 2.0 and future Hyperloop regulatory frameworks. The European Union is boosting financial support for transportation innovators and startups through Horizon Europe cluster 5 and EIT Urban Mobility. The European Innovation Council, with a EUR10bn budget, is calling on transport entrepreneurs to apply.”

Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of cargo drone developer and operator Dronamics said: “As Europe’s cargo drone airline, we are delighted to be part of the EU Future Mobility Taskforce, working with fellow mobility innovators and unicorns. Middle-mile deliveries by cargo drones have a significant potential for the European as well as the global economy at large, enabling faster, cheaper and green goods mobility, key to advancing the European Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy.”

The primary goal of the EU Future Mobility Taskforce is to inform and provide guidance to EU policymakers for the next legislative mandate. The Taskforce’s first input will be a comprehensive report that encapsulates the collective insights and recommendations of its members, which will be presented to Commissioner Vălean early in 2024. This is a significant step towards shaping a future where European innovation in mobility is not only sustained but also accelerated, ensuring Europe’s continued leadership in global transport innovation.

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