Transportation and mobility

The European Union in motion
Air traffic, inland waterway navigation and freight transport: Europe has also grown increasingly closer together in the area of transportation policy over the past few decades. But the EU now faces new challenges: Rising transportation needs, the transfer of freight traffic from road to rail, and the maintenance of infrastructure. Will the EU of today shape the mobility and transportation of tomorrow?
Lorries from Scottish seafood companies drive past the Houses of Parliament in London a protest action by fishermen against post-Brexit red tape and coronavirus restrictions, which they say could threaten the future of the industry, on January 18, 2021. Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP
Lorries from Scottish seafood companies […]

Scottish seafood sector takes Brexit protests to London

Scottish fishermen and seafood exporters rally in central London, parking slogan-bearing lorries near parliament in protest at post-Brexit rules they say are threatening the industry's future
"To me, Brexit means logistical chaos, which will hinder our work," says Bulgarian truck driver Dimitar Velinov. Photo: Nikolay Doychinov / AFP
"To me, Brexit means logistical chaos, w […]

Trucker, fisherman, scientist… the voices of Brexit

They transport goods from Europe to Britain, export British produce to the EU, or recruit scientists and researchers... AFP has spoken to six people whose lives will be directly affected by Brexit
The warehouse of logistics platform 2XL in Zeebrugge that delivers groceries to UK retailers from the Belgian port, pictured on December 14, 2020. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
The warehouse of logistics platform 2XL […]

EU suppliers race food to UK ahead of Brexit deadline

In the port of Zeebrugge, robot lift-trucks are working flat out to stockpile and ship Europe's biggest brands to UK supermarkets before the New Year Brexit deadline heralds new trade barriers
Freight lorries queue outside the port of Dover on the south coast of England on December 10, 2020, before boarding ferries to Europe. Photo: Justin Tallis / AFP
Freight lorries queue outside the port o […]

Shortages, jams and shutdowns: UK readies for Brexit ‘no-deal’ chaos

Food shortages, tailbacks and congested ports: as talks with Brussels remain unresolved three weeks before leaving the EU single market, the UK is preparing for a chaotic "no-deal"
A truck loaded with minerals pictured at the Terrafame nickel and cobalt extraction mine in Sotkamo, Finland, on September 23, 2020. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
A truck loaded with minerals pictured at […]

Finland’s battery plans spark environmental fears

Finland is the only EU country whose bedrock is known to contain all the major battery minerals, but the prospect of increasing mining in a nation of vast forests and pristine lakes is controversial
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