Following negotiations with the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, on 10 May 2010, adopted the proposal for a directive on the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and a corresponding statement of the Council's reasons.
The text has been sent to the European Parliament for a second reading, which is due to take place in June. If the Parliament accepts the Council's position, the directive will be considered adopted in this form.
The objective of the draft directive, proposed by the European Commission in December 2008 is to accelerate and coordinate deployment of interoperable ITS in road transport, including interfaces with other transport modes, by creating the necessary conditions and mechanisms through a coherent EU-wide framework.
The Council agreed on a two-step approach paving the way for swift introduction of ITS through EU legislation: first, the Commission adopts the necessary specifications for the ITS applications and services concerned; then, within 12 months and, where appropriate, after an impact assessment, the Commission presents a proposal for deployment of those ITS to the European Parliament and the Council, which will jointly decide for or against the proposal. In any case, member states will have the final say on whether or not to deploy an ITS application or service on their territory. However, if they do so, they must respect the specifications adopted under the directive.
The directive defines priority areas, and priority actions within those areas, in order to foster the deployment of ITS. The Commission will have the task of adopting specifications for the actions planned in the priority areas. The priority areas and corresponding main actions outlined in the draft directive include: