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By Hannah Figg / Updated: 18 Feb 2019

Guidance on increasing cycling in Europe will soon be available

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A pan-European Master Plan for Cycling Promotion will be published in the autumn of 2019. The aspiration of the Plan is to double the amount of cycling in the pan-European region, which consists of the 54 countries covered by the European region of the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). For many of these countries, once completed the guidance will be the first step in promoting cycling at the national level.

Currently, the Master Plan is in draft form and contains five policy objectives that it would like to see met by 2030:

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 14 Feb 2019

The InnovaSUMP project moves from theory to practice

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The “Innovations in Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans for low-carbon urban transport” project (acronym “InnovaSUMP”) held a joint meeting on action plans in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The main focus of the InnovaSUMP meeting in Thessaloniki was to facilitate the exchange of experiences, best practice and theoretical insights of partners from the first phase of the InnovaSUMP project. This activity will then support the application of solutions into the SUMPs of each city partner in the second phase of the project, starting in the summer of 2019.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 11 Feb 2019

Electric vehicle sharing project goes live in UK

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The InclusivEV demonstrator project, a €3.8million pan-European project that aims to widen access to electric vehicles (EVs) through an affordable car-sharing scheme, successfully launched its first demonstration site in the UK, in Solihull in the West Midlands in December 2018. 

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By Tom Nokes / Updated: 06 Feb 2019

Could your photo be the front cover of the updated SUMP Guidelines?

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CIVITAS SUMPs-UP has launched a new photo competition. Ideally, they are looking for images that depict dynamic scenes of different transport modes mixing together in urban environments – the greener, safer and more sustainable the better!

The winning photo will feature as the front cover of the new EU SUMP guidelines - one of the EU’s key mobility planning documents.

Entries should be sent to contact@sumps-up.eu by 6 March 2019, 18.00 CET (Central European Time).

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 04 Feb 2019

European Parliament calls for no liability insurance for electric bikes

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The European Parliament is calling for there to be no mandatory liability insurance for pedal-assisted bikes, such as low-power pedelecs. In agreeing its position, Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee rejected a proposal by the European Commission that such vehicles should be subject to mandatory liability insurance.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 06 Feb 2019

CO2 emission standards for cars and vans: European Council confirms agreement on stricter limits

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Last week's Wednesday, the EU member states adopted the new rules for CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans following an agreement between the EU Presidency and the parliament. Tackling emissions of cars and vans is directed to almost three-quarters of greenhouse gas emissions in the road transport sector.

By Tom Nokes / Updated: 14 Jan 2019

Traineeship

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Trainees work all over the European Commission/Services/Agencies mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and across the European Union. The content of the job depends on the service you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy etc. 

There are two training periods per year:

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By Hannah Figg / Updated: 21 Dec 2018
By Ralf Tinga / Updated: 14 Jan 2019

Commissioner Bulc at COP24 summit: 'Cities should make sustainable choices as attractive as possible'

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The COP 24 climate summit in Katowice featured 'Transport Day' to discuss how mobility solutions can help keep global warming under a 1.5°C increase. Transport currently accounts for a quarter of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 12 Dec 2018

Sum4all launches a Review of International Agreements, Conventions and other Instruments to Achieve Sustainable Mobility

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The Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) initiative presents A Review of International Agreements, Conventions and Other Instruments to Achieve Sustainable Mobility, a report which takes stock of existing international instruments—whether legally binding or non-binding and involving one or multiple modes of transport—and maps them against global goals.