Open letter to EVP Timmermans

Multimodal Digital Mobility Services – Friends of MDMS call for ambition, halfway measures are unacceptable

Dear Executive Vice-President Timmermans,

As representatives of a significant part of Europe’s mobility ecosystem, including consumers and passengers, environmental groups, independent rail  operators and ticket intermediaries, we are writing to you regarding the upcoming Regulation on Multimodal Digital Mobility Services (MDMS).

To support the European Green Deal ambitions, the MDMS Regulation must enable convenient combination and booking of transport options. Since the inception of this Regulation, we have advocated for the EU to ease the booking of (multimodal) transport journeys involving different transport offers across all modes and operators into a single booking. This initiative is a crucial piece of the transition towards a more sustainable mobility system and has the potential to play an important role in encouraging the much-needed shift to rail.

However, we now understand that the Commission is considering downgrading the ambition of its proposal by discarding this central aim of the initiative. Therefore, we call on you to ensure that the Commission keeps a high level of ambition for this Regulation. The interests of European travellers and reaching the EU climate goals must remain at the heart of the initiative.

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