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Ljubljana hosts successful Civitas Forum

The annual CIVITAS Forum has taken place in the European Green Capital for 2016, Ljubljana. With the conference theme being ‘Sharing the City’, focusing on sustainable urban mobility, Ljubljana was perfectly placed as a host city due to the high number of mobility measures it has implemented, including additional pedestrian areas, green spaces, bridges and squares closed to motorised traffic.

Peter Gašperšič, Pascal Smet, Zoran Janković, Miro Cerar, Jyrki Katainen, Violeta Bulc, Maroš Šefčovič. Photo: N. Rovan, source: the City of Ljubljana

Peter Gašperšič, Pascal Smet, Zoran Janković, Miro Cerar, Jyrki Katainen, Violeta Bulc, Maroš Šefčovič. Photo: N. Rovan, source: the City of Ljubljana

Attendance at the conference was a record high with a 560 strong mix of political representatives, city administrators and organisations, experts and professionals from the mobility, spatial planning and environmental sectors. The event was attended by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia Dr Miro Cerar, the Vice-President of the European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen, the Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport Violeta Bulc, the Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region responsible for mobility Pascal Smet, as well as the Slovenian Minister for Infrastructure Dr Peter Gašperšič and the Minister of Public Administration Boris Koprivnikar. A consensus of the aforementioned individuals was that Ljubljana has made huge strides in a short time frame by implementing a large number of measures contributing to the improvement of the quality of life in the city. Ljubljana can serve as an example city in this regard.

Mayor Zoran Janković committed to the continued sustainable vision of Ljubljana that has been responsible for the award of the European Green Capital 2016 and two separate European Mobility Week Awards. “I also express pride at the conclusion of this outstanding conference which brought into the most beautiful city in the world three times more participants than previous CIVITAS Forums. I should especially underline the significance of solidarity reflected in joint efforts towards an even ‘greener’ future for the coming generations while ensuring high quality of life for the present generation. If in one place we can present the best projects and learn from each other we can all be even better and continue to please our residents”, concluded the mayor.

With the conclusion of this year’s CIVITAS conference in Ljubljana, next year’s conference has been confirmed to take place in Gdynia, Poland. As one of Poland’s youngest cities, Gdynia is a model of sustainable urban transport. Since launching its first major urban transport plan in 1997, it has taken part in a number of European led transport initiatives such as BUSTRIP, YOUTH, INTERFACE, TROLLEY, SEGMENT, ENTER.HUB and CH4LLENGE. Equally noteworthy are the two CIVITAS projects that Gdynia has been part of, namely CIVITAS Tellus and as a leading city with CIVITAS Dyn@mo.

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At next year’s conference, it is foreseen that some of the initiatives of Gdynia’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan 2016-2025 will already be visible. Further details, dates and registration details will be available at this link in due course.