Robert Missen, European Commission, Directorate General for Mobility and Transport
How can the EU simplify cross-border collaboration as regards electric, connected and self-driving vehicles?
"One obstacle to reaching the goal of lower emissions is that there is a huge difference in ability and willingness between the 28 member states. We can only move forward with the speed of the slowest country, but of course we want to encourage those who want to progress faster. One of these areas is the Smart Cities initiative, to encourage cities which are enthusiastic about new ideas within energy, transport and IT systems. We can bring them together to discuss and share ideas. There are so many good ideas in Europe right now, but not everybody knows what their neighbours are doing. We have a small amount of money for organising meetings and facilitating dialogue and cooperation across borders – then we stand back and let the real experts talk and share their ideas. Sweden in general, and Gothenburg in particular, has a lot of innovative ideas, especially when it comes to transport. It's always very interesting to come here and see what's going on, whether it's electric buses or electric roadways."