The Romanian city of Sibiu has recently signed an agreement that will release funds to support the development of its public transport system.
On 5 March, the mayor of Sibiu signed a financing agreement with the EU that will release funds to the city to support a project in the context of the area's Regional Operational Programme through which EU regional funding is distributed. The main objective of the project is to increase the quality and attractiveness of public transport to offer a more viable and cleaner alternative to travelling around the city.
A recent report by Greenpeace Romania analysed sustainable mobility in Bucharest compared to that in other European cities. The new report compared transport in the Romanian capital with that of other European cities, as they had been scored in Greenpeace's 2018 report "Living. Moving. Breathing".
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.