SAMI (Strategic Assessment Methodology) for the Interaction of Common Transport Policy Instruments



SAMI (Strategic Assessment Methodology) for the Interaction of Common Transport Policy Instruments

Authors

KANNER H, Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland, MESQUITA R, CESUR/Instituto Superior T6cnieo, Portugal, STEAD D, University College London, UK

Description

Project SAMI is part of the 4 th Framework Programme for the European Commission (DG VII). The project started in June 1997 and is scheduled to close in May 2000.

Abstract

Project SAMI is part of the 4 th Framework Programme for the European Commission (DG VII). The project started in June 1997 and is scheduled to close in May 2000.

The central purpose of Project SAMI is to help with decision by providing an overall assessment methodology (with user-friendly decision tools), and by making recommendations on a framework and conditions for Common Transport Policy (CTP) implementation including the consideration of positive and negative synergies between CTP goals. It also addresses the policy implementation issues in the CEEC/CIS. Thus, SAMI intends to bridge the gap between practical decision-making and the output of the other projects in the Strategic Transport Research Programme. The following measurable objectives have been identified:

i) to identify candidate CTP targets and assess possible conflicts and synergies between them in order to define the structure of a target system including hierarchical levels, interactions, and quantifiable indicators;

ii) to define scenarios and sets of possible CTP instruments related to selected targets;

iii) to refine and test an optimisation methodology - previously developed on an urban level - on the European level;

iv) to define and develop a strategic assessment methodology - including necessary software - for system-wide (European) impacts of policy packages: and

v) to clarify the conditions for CTP implementation on the European level when considering also the implications in the CEEC/CIS.

This note addresses the first two of the above objectives. Candidate CTP targets are identified from a review of current EU transport policy statements, and from surveys of academics and policy-makers. Possible conflicts and synergies between targets are investigated using a questionnaire survey of national transport policy makers from around Europe. The questionnaire is also used to identify hierarchical levels of targets, interactions between them, and potential policy achievement indicators. Having identified a range of future policy targets, a scenario approach is used to construct policy instruments that might be used to achieve these targets. The scenario building begins by identifying images of the future, which specify assumptions such as the level of transport demand, the degree of policy co-ordination and co-operation between national governments, and the extent to which transport and the economy is decoupled. Policy instruments that are consistent with the images of the future are then identified using a 'backcasting' approach.

Publisher

Association for European Transport