Press Release: The informal meeting of energy and transport ministers continues today in Tallinn

On 20 and 21 September, the informal meeting of energy and transport ministers is held at the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel). A more detailed description of the event can be found on the event page. Live stream videos are available under the event description, as well as on our videos page and photos of events can be accessed on our photos page or on our Flickr accountInformation about traffic changes in September.

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Press Release: Connecting Europe conference starts today in Tallinn

On 21 and 22 September, the Connecting Europe conference is held at the Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn. A more detailed description of the event can be found on the event page. There will be a live stream of the event.

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Press Release: CIVITAS Forum 2017: Small Communities, Big Ideas

Under the banner of “Small Communities, Big Ideas”, this year’s CIVITAS Forum – taking place from 27-29 September in Torres Vedras, Portugal – will prove that size is no limit to innovation in sustainable urban mobility. Many high-profile politicians, stakeholders, and decision makers will present, including, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment of Portugal, José Mendes, Secretary of State for Mobility of Portugal, Carlos Manuel Antunes Bernardes, Mayor of Torres Vedras and Maja Bakran, the Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission.

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Press Release: Updated version of CIVITAS Forum 2017 programme now available!

Across Europe, pioneering initiatives are being developed to drive the shift towards sustainable transport and mobility. Yet sometimes these emerge from small communities where it might not be expected, like an expert group or a small town. Under the banner of “Small Communities, Big Ideas”, this year’s CIVITAS Forum will prove that size is no limit to innovation. The final draft of this year’s programme is now available to read.

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Event: Decarbonising road transport: policy options, electric vehicles and transitioning to a low carbon system (London, United Kingdom, 28 November 2017)

This timely conference focuses on next steps for decarbonising road transport in the UK, assessing commercial prospects and policy options – and the way forward for innovation in all-electric vehicles, hybrids and alternative fuels. Discussing both private and public transport, it comes in the context of consultation on a new UK Air Quality Plan that puts forward a range of emission reduction measures.

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Event: SmartMetro, co-located with the CBTC World Congress | The pulse of urban mobility (Paris, France, 6-8 November 2017)

The perfect platform for engaging with global metros on how technology can solve the key issues affecting urban transport; from signalling and safety to the digital passenger. SmartMetro and the co-located CBTC World Congress will bring together 50+ experts and 200+ attendees for three days of interactive learning, sharing and networking.

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Event: Polis workshop “Active Travel for Healthy Cities” (Paris, France, 19 October 2017)

Polis, in cooperation with PASTA project will host the workshop “Active Travel for Healthy Cities” during Autonomy’s Urban Mobility Summit in Paris. The workshop aims to present the new Health economic assessment tool (HEAT) and city case studies of the use of HEAT to inform sound transport policy and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP).

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Press Release: EU energy ministers meet in Tallinn, Estonia

EU proposals to redesign Europe’s electricity markets will be top of the agenda on September 20 in Tallinn, Estonia at an informal council of EU energy ministers, also attended by European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete. Full article…

Event: Rethinking the Urban Environment: The EU Transition Towards Smart Cities (Brussels, 9 November 2017)

This international symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity to engage with recent policy developments at EU level and scrutinise the future of smart cities globally. It will also enable delegates to analyse recent technological developments and suitable funding opportunities which can underpin the success of future transitions. The event will bring together representatives from the EU and national institutions, the private sector and the civil society  to share best practice and provide a broad range of perspectives.

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Event: Smart Mobility – EU Research Conference and EEN B2B (Turin, Italy, 10 October 2017)

Politecnico di Torino organizes in Turin (Italy) on 10 October the international event EU Research Conference – Funding and Policies for Smart Mobility, within the Smart Mobility World 2017 conference. Opportunities to cooperate in Research and Innovation projects in smart mobility will be showcased. European funds in the framework of Horizon2020 will be presented, together with relevant international initiatives focused on Research. A parallel bilateral meeting (B2B) session will be organized by Camera di Commercio di Torino and Enterprise Europe Network with the aim of enhancing collaboration between stakeholders involved in designing innovative solutions and technologies for Smart Mobility.

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Press Release: State of the Union 2017 – Industrial Policy Strategy: Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable industry

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Press Release: EU Member State’s trade in e-bicycles, 2016 (Eurostat)

The number of imports and exports of electric bicycles (‘e-bicycles’) to and from the EU has risen sharply over the last five years. In 2012, while 209 000 e-bicycles were exported from the EU, in 2016 the export figures stood at 830 000. The number of imports of e-bicycles shows a similar sharp increase over the five-year period. In 2012, the number of e-bicycle imports into the EU stood at 550 000, while in 2016 this figure reached almost 2 million.

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Press Release: New multimodal interchange opens in Bolton (UK)

A new £48m multimodal interchange has opened in the town of Bolton in north-west England, replacing the town’s old bus station. The modern facility links to the town’s railway station by means of a ‘Skylink’ bridge, making transfers between the two modes of transport easy. A ‘Skylink’ bridge between the new interchange and the town’s railway station makes transfers between the two modes of transport easy.

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Press Release: Slovenia’s first SUMP on a small scale: Ljutomer

A town with 3,300 inhabitants, Ljutomer was the first place in Slovenia to prepare a (pilot) SUMP on a ‘small’ scale. The municipality of the same name (in which the town is located) has a population of 11,400 people. The success of the implemented measures encouraged Ljutomer to place an emphasis on  sustainable mobility and strive for a role as one of the leading municipalities in the field within both Slovenia and the wider region.

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Press Release: Coming soon: an app for choosing the optimum green transport route (EU)

A new platform funded by the LIFE programme, the European Commission’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action, will allow its users to choose travel routes based upon their environmental impact.  The main aim of Green Your Move (GYM) is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage users to take energy-efficient transport.

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Press Release: EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2017: Making shared mobility clean and intelligent

Today the European Commission launches the 16th EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, a flagship campaign for Mobility and Transport, taking place from 16 to 22 September 2017. More than 2000 towns from Europe and beyond have organised events to encourage residents to try out alternatives to traditional means of transport, generally culminating in a Car-Free Day. This is in line with the theme of this year campaign: ‘Clean, shared and intelligent mobility’ and its call-to-action ‘Sharing gets you further’. At the same time, the Commission is launching a call for applications for this year’s award for sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP Award). This year’s award focuses on shared mobility to promote intelligent and clean transport, the same theme as EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.

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Press release: Negotiable parking rights to be tested in a virtual experiment (the Netherlands)

A trial beginning this month in Amsterdam will test negotiable parking rights: the price of a parking space will come to depend on the ‘market’. Conducted by the Vrije University of Amsterdam (VU), 500 motorists from Rotterdam are set to take part. A so-called “lab-in-the-field” experiment, the trading behaviour of participants will be tested in a virtual environment.

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Press release: A new online registry to help you develop your SUMP

Are you searching for guidance on what elements to include in your own Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (link is external) (SUMP)? Then the new CIVITAS SUMP Registry is here to help. This new online database from the CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project brings together SUMPs from across Europe and beyond, cities spanning all sizes, and in many languages. To find the plan most relevant to your needs, you can search by country, population, and language.

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Press Release: Eurostat regional yearbook 2017

National figures alone cannot reveal the full and sometimes complex picture of what is happening at a more detailed level within the European Union (EU). EU Member States are often compared with each other, but in reality it is very difficult to compare a small country like Malta or Luxembourg with Germany, the most populous EU Member State. Full article…

Press Release: Disabled persons to have better access to products and services in the EU

The draft “European Accessibility Act” (EAA) sets out requirements to make a number of products and services more accessible. The list includes transport, including public urban transport such as underground, rail, tramway, trolleybus and bus, and the related services, MEPs clarified.

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