Free flow of goods across EU: Galileo Green Lane App eases traffic through borders

To keep freight moving during the pandemic, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Commission joined forces to launch the Galileo Green Lane app last month. The app is a key tool in the EU’s coronavirus response and with over 2,500 downloads since the start of May, it is proving to be very popular with truck drivers. By easing traffic flow through the EU’s borders, the app is supporting the free movement of goods in the internal market – a fundamental EU principle. Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, said:“Through the Galileo Green Lane app, we demonstrate the value of space based technologies and applications to provide innovative and concrete solutions, for instance in support to the free flow of goods across the Single Market.” Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, said: “While borders were closing and lockdowns looming we opened Green Lanes, thus preventing a supply chain crisis. Member States embraced this concept and made it operational very quickly. The Galileo Green Lane app is a direct result of EU coordination in the transport sector and I encourage transport workers and operators to download and use it.” The app uses the positioning services of Galileo to monitor and facilitate the free movement of freight. For drivers and national authorities, the app visualises relevant border situations providing information on traffic flows and waiting times. The initiative builds on the so-called Green Lanes Guidelines, presented by the Commission on 23 March 2020, to establish border-crossing points open to all freight vehicles along the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Please find more information here and download the Galileo Green Lane app here.