It is important to remind that, without the financial and policy support of the European Commission, there would be much less deployment and much less harmonization resulting in many different ITS solutions. Committed to the EasyWay contract with the EC, the EW Partners have cooperated and continue to cooperate on harmonization. This harmonization does not only influence (improve) the deployments in EasyWay Projects but also the several ITS deployments that are not part of EasyWay activities. The costs to harmonize different solutions later on would be extremely high compared to the costs of harmonizing services at an early stage of development. Moreover, it is important to highlight that the EW projects have also contributed to the objectives of the EC ITS Action Plan and EC ITS Directive: faster ITS deployment. EasyWay Member states and partners have shared the same objectives; almost all TEN‐T roads operator cooperate in EasyWay and thus (almost) all ITS deployment under the EC ITS Action Plan have been undertaken by EW Partners.
At the same time, the EW Deployment Guidelines provide a valuable input to the EC ITS Directive specifications. The EW Deployment Guideline process has shown how it is difficult to make harmonization progress at European scale. EasyWay has made this progress in 2011 by the enhancement of the EW DGs and the formal Member State Consultation and has achieved the results in 2012 by the adoption of the 2012 EW Deployment Guidelines by all Member states involved in EW2, providing one of the major result of the contribution for the EC ITS Directive specification development. This importation result has been achievable also thanks to the knowledge and experience of hundreds of ITS experts in Europe cooperating in EasyWay activities with the aims to create an harmonized view of the different ITS solutions.