Member States met in Ghent to align efforts for connected automated driving

Within the context of the Belgian Presidency of the Council 2024, the Flemish Ministry of Mobility and Public Works organised a High-Level Dialogue on Connected and Automated Driving on 18 and 19 June in Ghent, Belgium.

The event gathered the heads of administration/ministries of Transport, national experts, representatives of the European Commission, and industry stakeholders to engage in discussions and explore the latest developments and possible coordinated next steps in the field of connected and automated driving.

Europe is undergoing a significant transformation, moving towards sustainability and embracing a major digital shift. Connected and automated vehicles are part of the solution, promising to revolutionise our sector by lowering transport costs, reducing environmental impact, increasing safety and enhancing working conditions.

To make this a reality, Europe needs the right enabling conditions, including

  • Adopting pan-European rules on testing supporting type approval;
  • Ensuring EU road infrastructure supports high-level connected and automated driving;
  • Aligning private and public investments for R&D in connected and automated driving technologies to drive standardisation.

By embracing this technology, Europe can lead in this exciting field. Now is the time to drive progress in connected and automated driving technologies and move into a new era of mobility.

Member States’ representatives (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden) signed a joint declaration and call for action which can be found here.