The new holder of the presidency of the Council of the EU, the Netherlands, has announced that it will launch a campaign to promote cycling across Europe.
This follows on from the declaration on cycling as a climate-friendly mode of transport by EU transport ministers, adopted during the period of the previous presidency held by Luxembourg.
The Netherlands hopes to build on this momentum and the Climate Conference in Paris in December 2015 by announcing Cycling Festival Europe, which will take part from 14 April 30 June 2016
Dutch embassies in EU capitals together with local stakeholders will host several activities during this time to present cycling as fun, efficient and healthy, whether for recreation or commuting to work and school.
The Festival will kick-off on 14 April in Amsterdam, where all 28 EU ministers for environment and transport will receive a ‘toolbox’ with best practices from all over Europe to promote cycling in their country.
The presidency of the Council of the EU rotates between member states every six months.
The task of the presidency is to drive forward the Council's work on EU legislation, ensuring the continuity of the EU agenda, orderly legislative processes and co-operation among member states.
For more information, visit cyclingfestivaleurope.eu.