Press Release: EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2019: promoting walking and cycling for better towns and cities

Today sees the start of the 18th edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK, the European Commission’s flagship campaign promoting clean and sustainable urban transport. Running from 16-22 September, almost 3,000 towns and cities from about 50 countries will join with their activities promoting safe walking and cycling with the call to action “Walk with us!”. EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK culminates each year in the well-known Car-Free Day, when streets close for traffic and open for people!

Press Release: Recycling lithium-ion batteries with ReLieVe, by EIT RawMaterials

The new innovation project ReLieVe will develop an innovative closed-loop process for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries

Press Release: Car travel dominates EU inland journeys

The car is the dominant form of inland transport in all Member States compared with journeys by train, coach or bus. In 2017, travel by car accounted for 83.3 % of passenger-kilometres across the European Union (EU), compared with 8.8 % for coaches, buses and trolley buses, and 7.9 % for trains.

Publication: Research and innovation in transport infrastructure in Europe

For transport infrastructure to be cost-efficient and ready for future needs, adequate research and innovation (R&I) in this field is necessary. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of R&I in transport infrastructure. The assessment follows the methodology developed by the European Commission’s Transport Research and Information Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS). The report critically addresses research by thematic area and technologies, highlighting recent developments and future needs.

Press Release: Two studies published in the field of multimodal passenger transport

The European Commission has published today two studies that it requested in the context of the Year of Multimodality. The first study analysed challenges of EU-wide integrated ticketing and payment systems, while the second study focused on how to improve passengers rights when travelling by several transport modes.

UPDATED – Event: Urban rail investments in the next MFF (Brussels, 11 September 2019)

Update: a press release from the event has been published.

The objective of the conference is to address the challenges and opportunities that are linked to urbanisation like emissions and congestion. Urban and regional rail projects, at EU, national and regional level could help to address these problems and bring significant economic, environmental and social benefits.

Question for Written Answer: Air quality and rollback of measures — Madrid Central

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Agenda: Working Party on Land Transport – Rail (18 September 2019)

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Public Consultation: Urban Mobility in the EU

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Press Release: EIB approves EUR 7 billion for new social housing, clean energy, transport and business investment

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed EUR 7 billion of new financing. This includes support for new investment to improve social housing, clean energy and sustainable transport, telecommunications, health and education. The EIB also approved more than EUR 2.8 billion of new support for business investment through both direct financing and credit lines with local banks.

Study: Research for TRAN Committee – EU funding of transport projects

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Event: EIP Action Cluster Workshop – Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities (Stavanger, Norway, 25 September 2019)

The Horizon Europe “Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities” Mission, and now 17 Smart Cities Lighthouse programmes provide a clear backdrop that cities matter; and that collaboration, common solutions, and integrated approaches can help accelerate us to deliver scale impact in European cities.

This workshop continues the process of strengthening each initiative; tightening the connections between these interdependent initiatives; mobilising cities, industry, investors, and scientific organisations to commit to make things real in the market.

Event: European Week of Regions and Cities (Brussels, 7-10 October 2019)

The 2019 edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC) is guided by the motto: ‘Regions and Cities: Pillars of the EU’s Future.’

Event: ‘Scaling-up Challenge Session’ European Research & Innovation Conference workshop (Thessaloniki, 3 September 2019)

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I/A Item Note: Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Regulation (EU) No 582/2011 as regards Auxiliary Emission Strategies (AES), access to vehicle OBD information and vehicle repair and maintenance information, measurement of emissions during cold engine start periods and use of portable emissions measurement systems (PEMS) to measure particle numbers, with respect to heavy duty vehicles

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Event: Walk21 Rotterdam 2019 (Rotterdam, 7-10 October 2019)

As Rotterdam continues to grow, public space is coming under increasing pressure, creating both an opportunity and a sense of urgency to translate the ambition of a walkable neighbourhood network. Challenging traditional car-focused mobility, repurposing existing infrastructure and integrating walking with cycling and public transport is helping translate the vision into citywide gains.

Event: Conference “Micro-mobility: the next big thing?” (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 13 – 14 October 2019)

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