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By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 06 Nov 2019

Bucharest takes action to ban and tax cars to improve air quality

The General Council of Bucharest voted on Thursday 23 October for Mayor Gabriela Firea's plan to introduce a special tax on cars circulating in the Romanian capital that do not comply with Euro 5 pollution standards. The special tax is called the 'Oxygen vignette'.

By Benjamin Baxter / Updated: 08 Oct 2019

Capacity Building for Member States on the Effort Sharing Regulation

The European Commission, Directorate-General Climate Action, has commissioned a project led by Ricardo to strengthen Member States' capacity to implement and meet their objectives, under the Effort Sharing Legislation. A key part of this project is delivering workshops with the aim to share practical experiences between the Member States in the implementation of national policies to reduce GHG emissions in sectors that fall under the scope of the legislation. 

By Hannah Figg / Updated: 14 Aug 2019
By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 27 Jun 2019

New electric-fuelled buses coming soon in Romania

Several Romanian cities are currently renovating their public transport fleets, replacing older and dirtier vehicles with brand new eco-friendly ones, generally leaning toward electric-vehicles. These efforts are expected to provide concrete contributions to the improvement of air quality in Romania biggest cities and enhance the quality of life for local residents.     

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 16 May 2019

New electric scooters rental services are going to be launched in Romania

Two Romanian startups recently launched electric scooter rental services in Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

The first, known as “Flow”, will launch in June 2019 in both Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca. The same service will also be introduced over the summer in Timisoara and further expanded at a domestic level. The company will start with a fleet of about 500 electric scooters, but the target is to expand it to 2,000 - 3,000 vehicles by the end of the year. 

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 15 Jan 2019

Free public transport services for students in Bucharest

According to a Bucharest City Hall project that was approved at the General Council of Bucharest (CGMB) meeting held on 12 December 2018, students in Bucharest up to 18 years of age could travel free of charge with over-ground public transport means run by STB (formerly RATB) in the Romanian capital, Bucharest.

Free local public passenger transport is expected to be provided for all students in accredited/licensed pre-university education who attend the courses of an educational institution in the city of Bucharest, as quoted in the project.

By rswa178 / Updated: 12 Oct 2018

Kick-off Workshop - CIVITAS SUMPs-Up Learning Programme 3

The first of three workshops in the third SUMP Learning Programme (SLP) will take place in Bucharest, Romania.

A full day of SUMP learning activities awaits the 20 participants from the SLP 3 group. After a round of introductions, a keynote presentation on the challenges of reducing car traffic will set the scene for the rest of the day's activities.

Four of the cities taking part in the SLP - Loulé (Portugal), Cesis (Latvia), Granollers, (Spain), and Fabriano, (Italy) - will describe the varying SUMP situations that they find themselves in.

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 18 Jul 2018

Updated parking fees in Bucharest

New tariffs for parking facilities administered by the Bucharest’s City Hall entered into force on 01 July 2018; the cost of parking fees in the center of Bucharest has risen by up to 10 lei, per hour.

Environmental organisations and activists in Bucharest welcomed this measure, explaining that the limit values set by EU air quality legislation have been exceeded in the capital city, and one of the causes leading to this situation is intense traffic and congestion.

By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 18 Jul 2018

The Romanian Government allocates funds to renew public transport fleet across the country

Last week the Romanian Government approved the funding of more than €400 million of European funds to provide brand new trams, trolleybuses and electric buses across the country. Funds will also encompass recharging points and intelligent transport equipment – as well as upgrading the current fleet of school buses used by municipalities and local administrations across the country to Diesel Euro 6.

By Robert Pressl / Updated: 12 Jun 2018

CIVITAS PROSPERITY provides two new interviews with SUMP Ambassadors – Focus Romania

One of the main aims of CIVITAS PROSPERITY is to support and promote the take-up of SUMP especially in countries / regions and cities where the take up of this planning approach is low so far. CIVITAS PROSPERITY identifies interesting personalities that act as SUMP ambassadors. They offer a clear message on why SUMPs are so important, hence they motivate others to take the next step as well.