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By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 13 Jun 2018

Great awards for great cities: does your city have what it takes?


The European Commission recognises cities that take bold measures to tackle environmental and social challenges with City Awards.  

These prestigious awards promote and reward the efforts that individual cities make in a wide range of areas from fair and ethical trade, accessibility, environmental sustainability and transport, tourism, to innovation and tackling cultural challenges.

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 04 Jun 2018

Interreg Europe call for projects open until 22 June 2018



Interreg Europe has launched its fourth call for proposals for projects, which will be open until 22 June 2018. The call is open to interregional cooperation projects that target the promotion of sustainable multi-modal urban mobility and relevant adaptation measures. Interreg Europe will co-finance up to 85% of project activities depending on the legal status of the project partner(s) involved.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 29 May 2018

European cities challenge the European Commission over vehicle emissions regulation



On the 17th May 2018, Paris, Brussels and Madrid challenged a vehicle emission regulation that was proposed by the European Commissions and has since been ratified by national governments, as reported by ‘La Tribune’. The landmark hearing that took place was the first time cities have presented arguments to the European Court of Justice as ‘concerned citizens’.

By rswa178 / Updated: 29 May 2018

New CIVITAS SUMPs-Up report - “Standards for Developing a SUMP Action Plan”


CIVITAS SUMPs-Up has launched a new report entitled “Standards for Developing a SUMP Action Plan”.

It provides city planners with guidance on what to include in their action plans in terms of responsibilities, resources, stakeholder coordination, time plans, and funding sources.

Alongside this, it contains good examples of action plan documents and templates, alongside a user manual.

By Fiona Twisse / Updated: 24 May 2018

EU TRANSPORT in figures (Statistical Pocketbook, 2017)


This publication provides an overview of the most recent and most pertinent annual transport-related statistics in Europe.

It covers the European Union and its 28 Member States and, as far as possible, the current EU candidate countries and the EFTA countries. The content of this pocketbook is based on a range of sources including Eurostat, international organisations, national statistics and, where no data were available, own estimates. 

By Michiel Modijefsky / Updated: 12 Jun 2018

Commission completes its agenda for safe, clean and connected mobility


The Juncker Commission is undertaking the third and final set of actions to modernise Europe's transport system. With the new initiatives that were published 17 May 2018, the Commission aims to ensure a smooth transition towards a mobility system which is safe, clean and connected & automated, while supporting the competitiveness of the EU industry.

The latest package consists of:

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 14 May 2018

Violeta Bulc's opening speech at the 2018 European SUMP conference


The European Commissioner for transport, Violeta Bulc, opened this year’s SUMP conference on ‘Planning for multimodal cities’. Speaking via a video message, Bulc welcomed the attendees to Nicosia describing the conference as ‘maybe the most important annual conference on European urban mobility’.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 21 May 2018

EU is warming to plastic waste ‘recycling’ as a transport fuel



Despite environmentalists urging caution, a proposal to use non-recyclable plastic waste in transport fuel production is gaining strength among EU member states and European Parliament legislators.

Waste-based fossil fuels

By rswa178 / Updated: 08 May 2018

New CIVITAS SUMPs-Up manuals give advice on SUMP measure selection


Despite more Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) support and knowledge appearing for local authorities in recent years, SUMP take-up has remained relatively slow. There is a requirement for a more systematic understanding of and support for SUMP development and implementation.

Three new manuals from CIVITAS SUMPs-Up help fulfil this need. They provide guidance in a topic crucial to SUMP development - measure selection for and the integration of measure packages into a SUMP.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 08 May 2018

UITP calls on European Commission to increase funding for Sustainable Urban Transport


UITP is calling on the European Commission to invest in sustainable urban mobility solutions to meet its climate change, energy efficiency and New Urban Agenda objectives.

In May 2018, the European Commission (EC) will present a comprehensive draft of the post 2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). The MFF, which is the long-term budget for the European Union (EU) will provide a good understanding of what will be the priorities of the Commission from 2020 onwards.