Bulgaria Hits Bottom in EC Transport Scoreboard

Bulgaria in EU | April 10, 2014, Thursday // 18:00|  views

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The European Commission has published Thursday for the first time a scoreboard on transport in the EU.

It compares Member State performance in 22 transport-related categories and highlights for most of these categories the five top and bottom performers. The Netherlands and Germany top the scoreboard with high scores in 11 categories, followed by Sweden, the UK and Denmark.

Bulgaria records high average CO2 emissions from new passenger cars, but performs well from a maritime perspective. Its innovation scores are low, but it is doing well on transposition and infringements.

Bulgaria is among bottom performers in terms of overall score, together with Poland and Greece.

The aim of the EU Transport Scoreboard is to give a snapshot of the diversity of Member State performance in transport matters across Europe and to help Member States identify shortcomings and define priorities for investment and policies.

It brings together data from a variety of sources (such as Eurostat, the European Environment Agency, the World Bank and the OECD). The Commission's intention is to refine the indicators in the years to come, in dialogue with Member States, industry and other stakeholders, and to track Member State progress over time.

"The new scoreboard is a fantastic tool that shows visually where we stand in making our transport systems more efficient, more customer-friendly, safer and cleaner. It can of course only offer a snapshot, but it gives us and Member States a point of reference and a source of inspiration for our work together," Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for mobility and transport, said.

The scoreboard can be consulted either by mode of transport (road, rail, waterborne, air) or by one of the categories of single market (access to market, regulation), infrastructure, environmental impact, safety, transposition of EU law, infringements of EU law, innovation and research, and logistics.

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