Transport policy and growth and jobs
Ministers also discussed ways in which transport policy can boost competitiveness, growth and jobs. Ministers considered, among other things, how the EU transport network could be made more effective in the context of increasing global competition. "The EU transport industry directly employs more than 10 million people and accounts for about 9% of GDP. Growth, jobs and investment are generated by increased internal mobility and more effective external links", said minister Matīss. Ministers' views will be summed up in a joint synthesis report, which will be submitted to the March European Council as part of the annual European Semester process.
Forthcoming ASEM transport ministers' meeting
Under any other business, the presidency briefed ministers on the third ASEM transport ministers' meeting on the development of Euro-Asia transport connections. The meeting will take place in Riga on 29-30 April.