France and Sweden discuss closer cooperation on innovation in clean, connected and autonomous transport
Mrs Elisabeth Borne, French Minister in charge of Transport and Mr Tomas Eneroth, Swedish Minister for Infrastructures inaugurated today the 14th edition of the International Exhibition of Road and Urban Transport Solutions (Solutrans), which runs until 25 November at Lyon. Sweden is a guest of honor at Solutrans this year.
On the sidelines of this joint visit, the two Ministers chaired a Franco-Swedish round table entitled: "Autonomous vehicles - a solution for clean transport?". This round table brought together several industrial and institutional players, both French and Swedish. The discussions focused in particular on the possible contribution that autonomous vehicles could make to the fight against climate change, in particular with regard to heavy goods vehicles and light commercial vehicles.
The high-level round table was a first step towards a structured future Franco-Swedish work in this area. It will include both elements of exchange of experiences and common initiatives, in particular at the European level.
This high-level round table is one of the first concrete illustrations of the Franco-Swedish strategic partnership for innovation and green solutions, signed by the President of the French Republic and the Swedish Prime Minister in Göteborg on 17 November.
France and Sweden are committed to evaluating the concrete results of this partnership and to updating it every two years, the next time being on the occasion of a bilateral summit in the second half of 2019.