On 18 October 2007, the European Commission published a Communication ‘on the EU's freight transport agenda: Boosting the efficiency, integration and sustainability of freight in Europe' (LPA-001 and LPA-002). To guarantee the effectiveness and the sustainable growth of the freight sector, the European Commission addressed the following issues:
- The negative impact of congestion costs, freight time and fuel consumption in some parts of the European transport system;
- The contribution of the freight sector to the EU goals on climate change and the reduction of air and noise annoyance;
- The dependence of the freight sector on fossil fuels, which are mainly imported;
- The improvement of safety and security of transport;
- The difficulties of the transport and logistics sector to attract qualified personnel.
The Logistics Package became redundant in 2011 with the publication of the new Transport Policy White Paper (see chapter 7, WHP), as both are dealing with roughly the same themes. The Logistics Package was nevertheless important as initiator for a series of policy initiatives, such as:
- A communication on a rail network giving priority to freight, see chapter 9 (RAI).
- A communication on a European Ports Policy, including a vision in order to represent European ports as essential hubs in the European transport system, to help them attract new investments, to create a stable dialogue between stakeholders and to improve the ports image, see chapter 5 (EPP).
- A Commission staff working document on Motorways of the Sea, see chapter 15 (MOS).
Some relevant documents:
LPA-002: Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Communication and action plan with a view to establishing a European maritime transport space without barriers (European Commission)
LPA-001: Communication from the Commission. The EU’s freight transport agenda: Boosting the efficiency, integration and sustainability of freight transport in Europe (European Commission)