EPTA Conference 2017
EPTA is the international network of parliamentary technology assessment with currently 20 members. In 2017, TA-SWISS resumes the presidency of the network which is assured in turn by all full members. With the presidency comes the task of organizing the annual international EPTA conference which will be held on November 8 at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, Switzerland, and will address, under the heading «Shaping the Future of Mobility», different developments in future mobility from multiple perspectives. The official conference language is English.
European citizens and economic actors need a transport system which provides them with seamless, high-quality door-to-door mobility. However, according to the European Commission, many towns and cities increasingly face problems caused by transport and traffic. One dominant problem is severe traffic congestion; its total cost in the EU is estimated at €80 billion annually.
The question of how to enhance mobility while at the same time reducing pollution, congestion and accidents is a common challenge to all major cities in Europe. A profound transformation in the transport system will be required in the coming decades. New developments like autonomous and connected driving, sharing economy, mobility pricing or mobility as a service are expected to shape the future of our mobility and revolutionize our transport systems.
The Annual EPTA Conference in 2017 will address different developments in future mobility and will examine them from multiple perspectives. The conference aims to foster debate on shaping future mobility, encouraging parliamentarians, experts and stakeholders to discuss possible solutions as well as desirable and adverse outcomes.
The conference (including lunch for conference participants) is free of charge, but participants will have to pay their own travel costs and accommodation in Lucerne.