Development of a New Logistics Funding Scheme

From 2013 to 2015
The objective of this study was to provide the Commission with the necessary input to identify and analyse suitable policy options, and their different impacts, to support the development of a follow-up to the Marco Polo programme beyond 2013.

The objectives of the past Marco Polo programme were:

- to shift freight off road to combined transport: transport by short sea/ rail/ inland waterway and minor road legs, where the cargo is defined as cargo in intermodal loading units, bulk or general cargo
- to reduce road transport by integrating road transport into production logistics: road transport avoidance. E.g. by higher loading factors, reduction of product or packaging volumes, shorter distances, fewer empty runs, reduction of (waste) flow through innovative solutions, including software solutions.
For its successor, the EC intended to continue the support for sustainable freight transport services. However, any new scheme replacing Marco Polo beyond 2013 would need to learn lessons from the current programme and take its weaknesses into account.

The subtasks of the study included a fact finding stage, where the market situation was mapped through data collection (including data from the TREMOVE model) and stakeholder consultation. Subsequently, the different modalities of a funding scheme were explored, at the level of the EU and the Member States.
Finally, we extended and assessed a range of policy options to take in defining the structure of the new funding scheme.

TML was involved in the data collection phase, and in the impact assessment.


From 2013 to 2015


European Commission, DG MOVE



Our team

Tim Breemersch, Kristof Carlier
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