(Published on Eltis at the request of the European Commission)
Introduction and context
The Communication on the new EU Urban Mobility Framework (UMF) (COM(2021)811 final), adopted on 14 December 2021 as part of the Efficient and Green Mobility Package, states that a multi-level, integrated governance approach to manage urban mobility, is needed as part of the drive towards climate neutrality. According to it, ‘a reinforced platform for dialogue and the co-creation of new actions to implement the new EU urban mobility framework is needed with a stronger engagement of Member States and a better dialogue with cities, regions and stakeholders on all urban mobility issues.'
To this end, a relevant Commission Decision (C(2022) 5320) setting up the Commission expert group on urban mobility (the group) was adopted on 28 July 2022.
In accordance with Article 2 of the above-mentioned Decision, the group’s tasks shall be:
- to assist the Commission in implementing the new EU urban mobility framework;
- to advise and provide technical expertise to the Commission on developing and implementing future-proof and innovation-friendly legislation, policies, projects and programmes in the field of sustainable urban mobility, for example through recommendations, opinions, reports or analyses, contributing to a healthy urban environment;
- to develop cooperation and coordination between the Commission, Member States and stakeholders on questions relating to the implementation of EU legislation, programmes and policies in the field of urban mobility, including sustainable urban mobility planning, transport contingency preparedness and energy efficiency;
- to foster exchanges of experience and good practices in the field of sustainable urban mobility, including in cross-border regions;
- to advise the Commission on how to develop synergies between EU, national and regional funding and financing opportunities in research, innovation, development and deployment of safe, healthy, energy efficient and sustainable urban mobility solutions for a better quality of life;
- to facilitate exchanges of information on initiatives, projects and partnerships on sustainable urban mobility, including the EU mission on climate-neutral and smart cities.
In accordance with Article 4 of the Commission Decision, the group’s members shall be:
- organisations in Member States or at EU level, active in or working on sustainable urban mobility, including environmental, mobility, safety, public health, passenger, consumer and civil society organisations, mobility services providers, transport operators, social partners, transport industry organisations, academia, research and innovation organisations, and European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation;
- Member States' authorities at national, regional and local level;
- other public entities where necessary, such as third countries' authorities (including candidate country authorities), as well as EU bodies, offices or agencies, and international organisations.
The following have been identified as priority areas in the UMF and should be reflected in the membership of the group:
- public transport and accessibility;
- shared and active mobility;
- zero-emission fleets;
- urban logistics and first and last-mile delivery;
- coordination between national SUMP programme managers and the SUMP Coordination Platform Group;
- urban vehicle access regulations;
- rural-urban linkages.
Selection of group members representing Member States' authorities at the regional and local level
Any EU city counting at least 10,000 inhabitants may submit an expression of interest in becoming a member of the Expert group on urban mobility. Entities will be eligible to submit an expression of interest if their local authority or their mandated representative represents one city defined as a Local Administrative Unit, or a “greater city” or metropolitan region, while taking account of the whole Functional Urban Area (consisting of a city and its commuting zone) where relevant.
Focus is on cities, but regional authorities representing NUTS 2 and NUTS 3 regions may also submit an expression of interest to become a member
The following criteria will be applied when selecting the members representing local and regional authorities:
- geographical balance: distribution across the EU as well as within the individual Member States, and geographical diversity;
- size: a balanced mix of small, medium, bigger and large cities;
- level of involvement in EU initiatives relevant to urban mobility and in EU funded urban mobility projects;
- level of ambition, including existing targets and commitment to sustainable urban mobility, e.g. reflected in a sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP);
- hierarchical level, expertise and knowledge of the English language of the proposed representatives;
- willingness and capacity to actively participate in the work of the group.
The Commission will select up to 20 members representing local and regional authorities.
Local and regional authorities interested in becoming members of the group are invited to complete the requested information and submit it using the form here.
This call for expression of interest is intended to support the Commission in the selection of group members representing Member States' authorities at the regional and local level.
It will be open for 6 weeks, from 1/08/2022 until 9/09/2022.
The first meeting of the group is envisaged to take place in 4Q 2022.
In case of questions on the content, please contact the Secretariat of Unit B3 of DG MOVE: MOVE-B3-SECRETARIAT@ec.europa.eu.
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