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EUROPEAN COURT OF AUDITORS

ECA/13/21

Luxembourg, 09 July 2013

INVITATION - PRESS BRIEFING
Have the Marco Polo programmes been effective in shifting traffic off the road?

Since 2003, the Marco Polo I and II programmes have financed transport service projects designed to shift freight transport from road to rail, inland waterways and short sea shipping. The programmes have been part of the EU transport policy objective to develop alternatives to road-only freight transport. This generally accepted objective aims to reduce international road freight traffic, thereby improving the environmental performance of freight transport, reducing congestion and increasing road safety.

The ECA assessed whether the Commission had planned the programmes, and was managing and supervising them, in such a way as to maximise their effectiveness, and whether the funded projects were effective.

The main conclusions and recommendations of the report will be presented to the press by Mr Ville Itälä (FI), Member of the Court.


DATE AND TIME
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 at 10:30

VENUE The RESIDENCE PALACE - International Press Centre
MAALBEEK ROOM
155, rue de la Loi,
1040 Brussels – Belgium

A PRESS KIT, consisting of the Special Report and a press release, will be made available for the press briefing. The Special Report will be published on the Court's website, www.eca.europa.eu, in 22 official languages.

INTERPRETATION will be available in French and English.


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