The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Denmark top the European Commission’s EU Transport Scoreboard, which compares each member state in 22 categories across all modes.
This is the first such EU-wide transportation measure, and it measures both passenger and freight performance. The scoreboard takes into account infrastructure, sustainability, regulatory compliance, innovation, safety and other measures among road, rail, maritime and air transport. To obtain a country’s overall transportation score, the amount of times each country appears among the bottom five performers in a given category is subtracted by the number of times it appears near the top.
For example, the Netherlands is the only country to appear in the top group in 11 of the categories without ever appearing near the bottom, so its score is 11. Germany also appeared near the top 11 times, but was in the bottom category once. The Netherlands took top place in the scores because of its port and air infrastructure, according to officials. It also came in second to Germany in the World Bank’s logistics rankings. Germany ranked high in a number of performance indicators in the scoreboard, but toward the bottom for “open infringements in air transport.”
The scores are fueled by data collected from the World Bank, Eurostat, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Environment Agency.
"The new scoreboard is a fantastic tool that shows visually where we stand in making our transport systems more efficient, more customer-friendly, safer and cleaner,” Commission Vice President Siim Kallas said in a statement. “It can, of course, only offer a snapshot, but it gives us and member states a point of reference and a source of inspiration for our work together."