Open letter to Timmermans: Europeans need an easy way to book travel across transport modes and operators

Thursday, 8 June 2023

Europe on Rail, together with nine other representatives of Europe’s mobility ecosystem, call upon the EU to ease the booking of transport journeys involving different transport offers across all modes and operators into a single booking.

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.

With this letter to the Executive Vice-President Timmermans we want to ensure that the Commission keeps a high level of ambition for this Regulation. We also want to guarantee that the interests of European travellers and reaching the EU climate goals remain at the heart of the initiative.

European business, leisure passengers and citizens want the ability to combine and book all types of offers (including train, plane and coach) in a hassle-free manner. Therefore, the EU should unleash the potential of MDMS as modal shift and competition enablers by obliging booking/ticketing through third-party channels based on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory conditions.

Read or download the open letter here


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