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UITP - ETF Joint Statement on the Recovery and Resilience Facility

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In a new joint statement, UITP and ETF, the European Transport Workers’ Federation, are jointly calling upon the European Commission and the Member States to speed up the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans in the area of urban public transport.

The Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) is a performance-based, temporary financial instrument at the heart of the Next Generation EU programme deployed to meet the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has posed to the socio-economic stability of the Union. The €724 billion worth of Facility has been supporting the EU Member States through loan and grant components in implementing specific reforms and investments as outlined in the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs).

The scale and speed of the RRF implementation does require a wide and concerted effort across all levels of government. It is why the European Commission must ensure Member States fulfil their obligations and move on with the rolling out of all political reforms and investment projects as pledged across their respective Plans.

In the statement, UITP & ETF advocate for the swift implementation of pledged urban mobility reforms and investments. The prioritisation of local collective passenger transport is an absolute necessity to achieve all major Green Deal objectives, but also to make the public transport sector more resilient and green in the decades to come.


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