From 26 to 28 May 2014, ASECAP held its 42nd Study and Information Days in Athens, Greece
The 42nd annual ASECAP Study and Information Days explored the role of the tolled roads in ensuring sustainability in times of dwindling traffic. It was the occasion for high-level panellists representing toll road infrastructure operators, EU decision-makers and ministers to discuss sustainability issues related to infrastructure financing, operation, maintenance, safety and the environment, while considering how Intelligent Transport Systems contribute to the achievement of the goals set.
The conference reflected the interconnection, under the umbrella of sustainability, between questions regarding tolling and concessions, road safety and security and Intelligent Transport Systems, and exploited the added value of combining the unmatched technical expertise and field experience of ASECAP Members with top-notch political considerations.
The first day of discussions (Tuesday 27 May) was marked by subsequent plenary sessions with a full day of expert presentations, with time for Q&As about subjects falling under the responsibility of ASECAP’s different Permanent Committees (COPERs) affecting smart mobility, more specifically:
- COPER I: tolling and concessions
- COPER II: road safety, security and sustainability
- COPER III: Intelligent Transport Systems
- Marketing panel
On the second day (Wednesday 28 May), the various developments in the EU road transport sector were examined from a truly political angle. High-level EU decision-makers and ASECAP personalities debated about the current economic situation in the EU and the role of concessions as a lasting key factor for growth.
The discussion was followed by a serious technocratic analysis on where we are in the present tolling technologies. Selected representatives of REETS consortium - the key pan-European project on regional tolling interoperability funded by E. Commission - drew the relevant conclusions and developed the ensuing key messages, thus laying the basis for continued action in support of Europe’s toll road infrastructure operators, their customers and the well-being of society as a whole.