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15 October 2012

World transport ministers focus on ITS deployment

Publishedon www.DailyNews-Online.com/ITS-World-Congress 2012
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Doris Bures
Doris Bures, the Austrian Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology
A globally important event takes place on the opening day of the ITS World Congress when some 16 transport ministers from around the world will hold a Ministerial Round Table to focus on strategies to strengthen more rapid deployment of ITS on a global scale. The event, on Monday 22 October from 13:30-15:30, will be held under the chairmanship of Doris Bures, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and Siim Kallas, the Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Transport.

Participating ministers will focus on the needs and challenges for the design of successful ITS implementation strategies, as well as highlighting success stories and results of already implemented ITS policies and its impact on transport, environment and the society in general. They will also identify needs for further deliberations and discussions, both in respected international fora and within the framework of future ITS World Congresses.

The Ministerial Round Table, entitled "Accelerating ITS Deployment - The role of policy making" will conclude with the official endorsing of a declaration. The objectives of the declaration ‘smarter on the way’ are to achieve a common approach for safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly transport systems and mobility services for the future. The declaration will also increase political commitment to integrating appropriate ITS technologies and services into national transport policies, and will boost quick and effective implementation of coherent and consistent ITS applications on a global scale.
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