European project POSMETRANS

POlicy measures for innovation in TRANSport sector with special focus on Small- and Medium sized Enterprises

Factors and recommendations for success and sustainability

Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum coordinated the project POSMETRANS, which was a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission within the scope of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). POSMETRANS aimed at promoting sustainable surface transport by providing policy support for innovative technologies and processes in transport. The focus was on small and medium sized enterprises because they generate the largest turnover and the most jobs.

The POSMETRANS project was pursuing two core goals:
• Providing a frame for the impact assessment and evaluation of EU measures aiming at innovation
• Elaborating recommendations for future policy measures in order to accelerate the market take-up of innovative technologies and processes in surface transport

After innovative technologies and policy measures were identified, a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis was performed by interviewing innovative key players. Best practices were thus identified and then validated by an expert panel. This lead to the elaboration of recommendations to the European Commission.

Following this action plan, POSMETRANS contributed to achieve the following results:

POSMETRANS supported European policy makers in defining general conditions and priorities to increase the efficiency of innovation policy measures in the transport and logistics area.

POSMETRANS linked logistic and transport policy questions in an overview. Propositions were gathered on how solutions to the problems can be approached that ensure efficiency and sustainability.

POSMETRANS helped to identify obstacles to the development of the transport and logistics sector. It will deliver estimations of the affected stakeholder about how this can be solved in a sustainable way.

POSMETRANS produced guidelines for a harmonized training of the employees of the transport sector. Securing consistent quality standards for the benefit of the customers and consumers is our priority.

POSMETRANS enabled a significant increase in the efficiency of existing handling junctions by showing ways for a clever collaboration between actors of different carriers. This ensured the completion of the European transport needs in the coming years.

Project duration: 01/2010 - 12/2011
Countries: Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey

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