Fourth Meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Working Group on Transport statistics and Regional Workshop on the use of transport statistics in the production of impact assessments
Larnaca – 5-7 December 2017
Answering new challenges in the Mediterranean transport statistics
On December 6-7, MEDSTAT IV organised a two-day workshop on the use of transport statistics in the production of impact assessments and in the evaluation of transport policies which was attended by representatives of the NSIs and the Ministries of Transport of six ENP-S countries (Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine).
Policies and projects related to transport often imply huge public and private investments and transport statistics are key to ensure an evidence-based decision-making and policy design process and to promote an informed public debate. National transport statistics systems of the ENP-S countries need to develop statistics on transport volumes and traffic that will enable an ever more detailed analysis of goods and people mobility.
The meeting built around the presentation of the work of CETMO (Centre d’Etudes des Transports pour la Méditerranée Occidentale) on the creation of a regional observatory of transport and logistics activities in the Mediterranean region and the related system of indicators. The presentation and the discussions that followed led to a fruitful exchange among the ENP-S countries on national strategies for the development of the use of transport statistics in the production of impact assessments and in the evaluation of transport policies. Specific indicators have also been identified that the partner countries are encouraged to produce in order to enhance this strategic use of transport statistics and to ease regional comparisons and consolidations.
On December 5, MEDSTAT IV, Eurostat and the ENP-S countries met for the Fourth Meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Working Group on Transport statistics (EMWGTS), which allowed ENP-S Countries to present and discuss the main evolutions in their statistical systems on transport and to assess the main progress achieved in the production and dissemination of transport statistics since the start of the MEDSTAT IV Project. The meeting also gave the opportunity to discuss key issues for the follow-up of the work programme and the visibility of its results through the adoption of monitoring indicators and a first discussion on the development of infographics.