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    Minister Bellot revives inter-federal vision for 2030 mobility

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    François Bellot says that by reviving the 2030 vision during the lead-in to the election, the various aspects will feed pre-election debates.
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    The federal minister, François Bellot, will in ten days submit to regional colleagues, his “inter-federal vision” of mobility for the year 2030. It, in particular, involves the creation of an agency so as to better coordinate “people who nowadays are each doing their own thing [with regard to mobility].”

    The problems of bottlenecks, the inadequacy of the public transport offering, the growing demand for shared mobility, their translation into digital applications, the management of digital data, and other elements, now necessitate stronger coordination between levels of political power. The position has arisen having had 30 years of regionalizing Mobility. The findings emerge from an interview given by the Reformist movement (Liberal-Conservative Liberal) minister to the daily Le Soir. 

    Eighteen themes have been identified in the 2030 inter-federal vision, including six which require joint decision-making at the various levels of political power. Placed on the agenda of the Executive Committee of the Mobility ministers last April, the question has up until now been postponed. On this coming 14thJanuary, it will once again be on the inter-ministerial agenda. 

    Several main lines of discussion are emerging from it. These include the creation of an inter-federal agency, the development of an intermodal blueprint, a joint basis for mobility applications for the SNCB and regional transport companies, better coordination of finances and taxation, and the sharing of mobility data amongst others. 

    Le Soir says that by relaunching his 2030 vision, whilst the government is in its current pre-election position, Mr Bellot’s hope is also to feed election debates.  

    Questioned on Bel-RTL, the minister moreover confirmed that the RER works should not suffer any delays due to the current position, if parliament votes through the planned budgets for the project.

    Concerning flying over Brussels, he observes that the second part of the impact assessment findings will be set out during the coming weeks, and that the third phase is expected by the end of April/beginning of May. He comments, “The next government will finally have an objective independent study to enable it to make an informed decision upon the issue.”

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times