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26 October 2017

Few more weeks for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) Award

The Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) Award recognizes local authorities that have developed a Mobility Plan that satisfies the diverse transport needs of people and businesses, whilst improving quality of life. Each year, the award highlights a different aspect of mobility planning. The theme of the 6th SUMP Award is: Shared mobility in sustainable urban mobility planning.

Urban European Initiative: urban mobility projects

After a competitive process that saw 206 proposals submitted in April 2017 from across 21 EU Member States, 16 urban authorities will have the opportunity to experiment bold and innovative solutions to tackle the challenges linked to the circular economy, the integration of migrants and refugees and urban mobility.

IT-TRANS 2018: Smart travelers in smart systems

The conference IT-TRANS 2018 on the exchange and advancement of IT solutions in public transport focuses on “smart travellers in smart systems”, with the concept of an integrated urban mobility system at the centre of discussion. It takes place from 6-8 March 2018 in Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, in Germany.

CIVITAS Awards 2017 winners revealed

The CIVITAS Awards 2017 were given out in front of a large audience during the second day of the CIVITAS Forum 2017, which took place from 27-29 September in Torres Vedras, Portugal.

19 October 2017

New era for Athens urban transportation

The “Automatic System for Ticket Validation” of OASA (Athens Urban Transport Organization) is functioning properly and the electronic tickets and cards for STASY network (Urban Rail Transports S.A) are being gradually published without problems.
​The new “smart tickets” of OASA consist of the electronic ticket (ΑΤΗ.ΕΝΑ Ticket) and the non-personalized and the personalized electronic card (non-personalized and the personalized ATH.ENA Card).  The ΑΤΗ.ΕΝΑ CARD is a credit-card size rechargeable plastic card that passengers can charge with several kinds of fare depending on their needs and the fee they want to spend. The multiple ΑΤΗ.ΕΝΑ Ticket is a rechargeable ticket that is aimed at passengers who want to use occasionally or for limited time the public transport.
​For the current transition period, the electronic and the paper tickets and cards will coexist, while the inclusion of all kinds of ticketing in the new system will take place over time so the passengers will have the necessary time to be acknowledged with the new capabilities and benefits that may offer.
​For more information click here

Intelligent Transport: Guidance towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility in the EU

Following an invitation of the European Commission, industry representatives and public authorities have agreed on a further developed shared vision on the interoperable deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility (CCAM) in the European Union.
​Today's report follows on from the C-ITS Platform Phase I report from January 2016 and addresses the common technical and legal framework necessary for the deployment of C-ITS and also takes the needs and possibilities of higher levels of automation into consideration. 
​The outcomes of the second phase of the C-ITS platform also form an essential input for the ongoing preparation of specifications for the provision of cooperative intelligent transport systems.
​For more information click here

A network of charging stations for low-emission vehicles will be created in the Czech Republic

A total of nearly € 45 million is being prepared for the construction of 500 quick and 800 standard recharging stations.
​At the beginning of August, the European Commission approved the allocation of almost € 45 million for the construction of recharging and refuelling points for low-emission vehicles. State support should be used over the next six years to build a network of stations for vehicles powered by electricity, CNG, LNG, hydrogen or other environmentally friendly alternative fuels. The network of stations should grow throughout the entire Czech Republic.

Empowering smart solutions for better cities

The conference Empowering smart solutions for better cities, taking place in Budapest on 2 & 3 October 2017, will bring together creative thinkers and decision-makers in urban planning, sustainable energy, mobility, ICT, smart business models and user-centric innovation. High level city representatives will debate the transformation of European cities, while smart cities projects will showcase innovative solutions and discuss crucial steps on the path to a smarter city.
This smart cities conference, organised by the Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) and the European Commission, is seeking to encourage the replication of technological solutions, good practices and lesson learning among cities and businesses. It will contribute to the ambition of accelerating Europe’s transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient, competitive and inclusive economy. Interactively designed, the event will engage the audience in full participation and collective story-telling.
​For more information click here

4 October 2017

Launch of TRIMIS, new tool to analyse transport innovation

The European Commission has launched an online tool to help analyse the effectiveness of transport innovation in delivering the EU’s energy and transport strategy
The Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System, or TRIMIS, maps and analyses research trends and innovation capacities across Europe's transport sector. It is implemented by the JRC on behalf of Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport. TRIMIS supports transport policy makers and researchers by helping to identify innovations with the greatest promise for the future, and aid policy makers to focus on areas where public intervention can create the highest added value.

European Commission service offers support to sustainable urban mobility projects

Are you a European public organisation (city, region) or a company who is planning to invest in sustainable urban mobility? Then a new service from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport could provide you with the support you need.
​On behalf of the the European Commission, the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy and The Extremely Useful Company will help you to:
  • ​Assess the investment readiness of your project;
  • Identify investment opportunities;
  • Connect project partners with investors and financiers.

EMISIA, GYM partner, supports POLIS 2017 conference: Innovation in Transport

The annual event of the leading European network of cities and regions on transport innovation, which is POLIS 2017 conference  ‘Transport innovation for sustainable cities and regions’, takes place on 6 and 7 December in Brussels. EMISIA SA is one of the main conference partners who support POLIS conference.
​The draft programme of the conference has been released here, while the registration is open here. The sessions of the conference concentrate on the topics of:
  • ​Environment and health in transport
  • Mobility and traffic efficiency
  • Road safety and security
  • ​Social and economic challenges of transport.

​For more information click here

Municipality of Kifissia member of CIVITAS network

The Municipality of Kifissia is now officially a member of the CIVITAS European Cities Network, after the relevant approval. The Civitas Destinations (Civitas Destinations) is of special interest to the Municipality of Kifissia. The project develops an integrated approach to tackling mobility and tourism by looking at balanced strategies to address the growing challenges of these two developing sectors, and to achieve sustainable growth and better quality of life in Funchal, Limassol, Rethymno, Elba, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Valletta.

Successful school mobility management practices – CIVITAS study visits

The city of Reggio Emilia (Italy) has developed a comprehensive approach to school mobility management. Since 2003, mobility education for students has been regarded as one of the main driving lines of mobility policies and in 2009, Reggio Emilia developed and promoted a manifesto for safe, sustainable and independent mobility on home-to-school routes. This was done with the support of city districts, school boards and managers and a broad range of stakeholder organisations.
The city organizes a CIVITAS study visit on 11-12 October and all interested parties can get involved. Over two days, the visiting cities will learn about Reggio Emilia’s approach to school mobility management; interesting projects like the Bicibus and Pedibus initiatives; and the EU project SCHOOL CHANCE. They will also gain first-hand experience of some of the initiatives being implemented through dedicated site visits.
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SUMPs-Up learning activities starting in September and October

The SUMP Learning Programme (SLP) comprises a series of activities to equip planning authorities in European cities with the skills and knowledge they need to develop and implement Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). Its activities are grounded in the concepts of peer-to-peer exchange, collaboration, and knowledge transfer.
​All participating cities receive funding and engage in learning activities that afford them the opportunity to test and apply SUMP approaches, tools, and methodologies under 'real conditions'. SLP 1 and 2 focus on tools and services for initiating a SUMP, with SLP2 tailored to small- and medium-sized cities.

Urban mobility: Riga develops its tram network with EU financial support

Over €65.5 million from the Cohesion Fund is invested in tram infrastructure development in the Latvian capital, in line with the objectives of the Energy Union's low-emission mobility strategy.
​Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: "The EU invests for a better quality of life in Riga, with a modern and clean public transport system. Traffic will be smoother, air quality will be better and residents and tourists alike will enjoy a fast ride through the city."  The tram line will directly connect the fast-growing neighbourhood of Skanste, near the city centre, to the main transport hubs in Riga – the central railway station, the coach terminal and the Freeport. In addition to rebuilt or new tram line infrastructure, the EU will co-finance the purchase of 12 tramcars to ensure a minimum service frequency of one car every 10 minutes.  
​For more information click here