Minister for Transport Hans Christian Schmidt praises the possibility of moving from place to place. Back in April 2011 New Times ran the article “Transport infrastructural philosophies” (read it HERE). Subsequently, we have received an official comment from the Danish Minister for Transport, Hans Christian Schmidt (Danish Liberal Party).
According to the minister mobility and growth go hand in hand. Therefore the ministers – in his own words - ‘work hard’ to constantly improve mobility in the Danish transport system:
“The better the transport system becomes, the better are the connections between the different modes of transport and across cities and countries – and the easier it becomes for all of us to fulfill our daily tasks in the most efficient way. If we did not constantly improve mobility, it would have negative consequences on economic growth and development in Denmark,” says the Minister of Transport, Hans Christian Schmidt.
In 2009 and 2010 comprehensive political agreements were made to invest large amounts of money in the Danish infrastructure:
“We make sure to invest in all modes of transport in order to build a well-developed and integrated infrastructure, which works in the best suitable way for you, me and all the transport users in Denmark,” says Hans Christian Schmidt.
Big challenges ahead
The minister refers to the overload of the structure as the main problem here and now:
”We must find new effective ways of dealing with more transportation in the existing system. I am very concerned about this and therefore, I am strongly positive towards research and development within this area,” says the Minister of Transport, Hans Christian Schmidt.
While experts are working on new solutions the transport companies and passengers can enjoy being in a well regulated environment ensuring good conditions for all parties, says the Minister:
”In Denmark, we adopt the best suitable legislation framework for our transport companies to make sure that there are equal terms between all actors and fair competition in the transport business. Therefore we have – today – many successful and profitable Danish transport companies that deliver efficient transport and logistics solutions in Denmark. They work hard to meet the demands of all of us in new and innovative ways and they take care of the daily delivery of goods to all of us in the most effective manner,” he says.
The article “Transport infrastructural philosophies” tries to point out a few “best practice” examples – as an inspiration to the decision makers in the developing countries. The Minister does the exact same thing:
”As we have seen in Denmark, a well-developed infrastructure is a prerequisite for a well-developed society. I believe that two of the key elements to keep in mind when constructing an efficient infrastructure are mobility and integration. MOBILITY because an efficient infrastructure will make it easier and more efficient for everyone to move around and across different modes of transport. INTEGRATION because all the links in an infrastructure must be fully integrated, so it becomes easier to travel from point A to point B,” says the Minister of Transport, Hans Christian Schmidt.