Last reviewed 9 June 2022

The European Commission has adopted a Contingency Plan for Transport to strengthen the resilience of EU transport in times of crisis. The plan draws lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic as well as taking into account the challenges the EU transport sector has been facing since the beginning of Russia's military aggression against Ukraine.

Transport Commissioner, Adina Vălean, said: “I firmly believe that this plan will be a key driver for transport resilience since many of its tools have already proven essential when supporting Ukraine — including the EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes, which are now helping Ukraine export its grain”.

The plan proposes a toolbox of 10 actions to guide the EU and its Member States when introducing such emergency crisis-response measures.

Among other actions, it highlights the importance of ensuring minimum connectivity and passenger protection, building resilience to cyberattacks and resilience testing. It also stresses the relevance of the Green Lanes principles, which ensure that land freight can cross borders in fewer than 15 minutes, and reinforces the role of the Network of Contact Points in national transport authorities.

Both have proved crucial during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Commission noted, as well as in the current crisis caused by Russian aggression against Ukraine.

It also went on to state that a key lesson from the pandemic is the importance of co-ordinating crisis response measures to avoid, for example, situations where lorries, drivers and essential goods are stuck at borders, as observed during the early days of the pandemic.

“The Contingency Plan for Transport introduces guiding principles that ensure crisis response measures are proportionate, transparent, non-discriminatory, in line with the EU Treaties, and able to ensure the Single Market continues to function as it should,” the Commission concluded.

The report A Contingency Plan for Transport includes 46 mentions of Ukraine but not one of the UK.