Multimodal Sustainable Transport: which role for the internalisation of external costs?

On behalf of the European Commission (DG MOVE), Ricardo are organising a conference in Brussels to consider first insights and major results from a study contracted out by the Commission on sustainable transport infrastructure charging and the internalisation of transport externalities.
Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc:
"In the year of multimodality, this study is important to help reducing the negative impacts from all transport modes, based on "user pays" and "polluter pays principles". Stakeholders have been questioning whether charges are coherent across transport modes. The study will provide guidance on how to promote a balanced and fair charging system across modes and create a truly competitive environment."
During the conference key sector experts will share their views on setting the right price for transport and there will be opportunities for you to discuss and understand the external costs across transport modes; how the ‘playing-field’ for the different modes can be balanced and how to better manage the impact of externalities.


Timing Agenda Item Speakers
09:00 Registration and coffee  
10:00 The internalisation of external costs and the future of multi-modal transport – getting the facts right Matthew Baldwin, deputy Director-General, DG MOVE, European Commission
10:30 Opening address Ms. Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport
10:45 First insights and initial results of the study “Sustainable Transport Infrastructure Charging and Internalisation of Transport Externalities” - followed by Q&A Huib Van Essen, CE Delft & consortium leader
11:15 Coffee break  
11:45 Panel discussion: Getting the price right for transport: the perspective and experiences of different transport modes  - rail and road
Moderator: Elisabeth Werner, Director Land, DG MOVE, European Commission 

Mr. Matthias Maedge, IRU - General Delegate

Mr. Libor Lochman, CER - General Director

Mr. Kallistratos Dionelis, ASECAP - Secretary General

Mr. Ralf-Charley Schultze, UIRR - President

Ms. Julia Lamb ERFA -- Secretary General
13:00 Lunch - A buffet-lunch is offered by the European Commission  
14:15 Panel discussion: Getting the price right for transport: the perspective and experiences of different transport modes  - aviation and waterborne
Moderator:  Magda Kopczynska, Director Waterborne, DG MOVE, European Commission 

Mr Chris Gadsden, Head of Regulation at ‎EasyJet (A4E)

Mr. Martin Dorsman, ECSA, Secretary General

Mr. Olivier Jankovec, ACI - Secretary General

Mr. Nicolas Bour, INE - Vice Chair

Ms. Isabelle Rychbost, ESPO - Secretary General
15:30 Coffee break  
16:00 Panel discussion: External and infrastructure costs and the user- and polluter pays principle – which lessons for the future?
Moderator: Per Haugaard, Director Policy Coordination, DG MOVE, European Commission

Ms. Karen Vancluysen, Polis - Secretary General

Ms. Celine Cluzel, Element Energy, Director (ECF) 

Mr. Roger Kesteloot,  CEO, De Ljin (member of UITP) 

Ms Laurianne Krid, FIA Region I, Director General

Mr. Michael Svane, BusinessEurope, chair  transport WG
Closing remarks and next steps
Ms. Maja Bakran, Deputy Director-General , DG MOVE, European Commission 



Reasons for attendance

  • Gain a greater understanding of external costs and infrastructure costs, and how they are currently internalised
  • Give us your opinion on possible policy applications for the internalisation of external costs
  • Q&A with industry experts, the European Commission and other researchers
  •  An opportunity to network with transport experts from across the EU

Live webstreaming

Live webstreaming will be available on the day via the following link:

Who should attend

All interested stakeholders are welcome to participate. Please note that the capacity of the venue limits attendance to 250 participants, and that we encourage attendees to register at their earliest convenience due to limited space. Please do not consider your registration valid until you have received an explicit confirmation by e-mail.


Key information:

Date: Monday 17 December 2018

Location: Albert Borschette Congress Center, room 0A Brussels

Live Streaming will also be available. The link will be provided on the event webpage during the week before the event.
Cost: Free

If you have any questions regarding the conference, then please email

Please note you will need to provide security related information, such as ID number and valid date, to attend the conference. This will be required by Thursday 13 December to secure your attendance.

Registration is now closed for this event.