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Question for written answer to the Commission

Rule 117

Philippe De Backer (ALDE)

Subject: Best practices for more sustainable urban mobilityMore and more people are moving to urban areas in Europe, which is causing a number of problems, such as growing congestion, air pollution, more accidents, etc.

Action is urgently needed in order to improve the quality of life of town-dwellers and also to tackle the problem of urban mobility. This is mainly a matter for the Member States, but the Commission has already taken a number of steps with regard to it. In 2009, for example, it submitted an action plan on urban mobility, and in the White Paper on Transport it also announced a number of initiatives designed to bring about more sustainable urban mobility.

In many towns, interesting projects aimed at more sustainable urban mobility have already been launched. It would be good if the Commission could collect and publish information on best practices.

  1. Does the Commission agree that an overview of best practices could be a useful instrument to provide inspiration for European towns? Does the Commission believe that it would be feasible to compile such a publicly accessible overview? Will the Commission take such action so that Europe’s towns can derive inspiration from a public register of European best practices?
  2. Does the Commission consider that it would be interesting to draw up certain minimum standards for urban mobility, taking account of the fact that the Member States would be at liberty to work out further details? Will the Commission take such an initiative?
  3. Does the Commission see any other ways in which sustainable urban mobility could be promoted in Europe? If so, can the Commission provide an overview of the most specific options?


Answer given by Mr Kallas
on behalf of the Commission

  1. The Commission agrees that an exchange of best practices and experiences across the EU can help towns and cities identify and successfully implement solutions for better and more sustainable urban mobility. To foster this exchange, the Commission has set up the ELTIS Urban Mobility Portal which seeks to collect and disseminate relevant information ( ). The Commission also facilitates the development of innovative urban mobility solutions through its CIVITAS Initiative ( ).
  2. In its Transport White Paper of 2011 , The Commission proposed the development of an urban mobility scoreboard. The assessment and audit scheme recently developed by the EU project EcoMobility SHIFT could be a starting point for the development of such a scoreboard ( ). The Commission also promotes the concept of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans and invites Member States to adapt this concept to their particular circumstances to ensure that such plans can be developed and implemented successfully for the urban areas in the territories.
  3. The Transport White Paper identifies a number of areas on which Commission action should focus to foster sustainable urban mobility, such as urban mobility and transport planning; urban logistics; urban access regulations; deployment of urban Intelligent Transport System solutions. The Commission envisages presenting, before the end of 2013, an Urban Mobility Package that would propose concrete action in these areas.