During the Dutch Presidency of the EU in the first half of 2016 the Pact of Amsterdam was adopted, launching the Urban Agenda for the EU. Each of the twelve priority themes mentioned in the Pact of Amsterdam has a dedicated Partnership, which brings together cities, Member States, European institutions and stakeholders. Together, they aim to implement the Urban Agenda for the EU by finding workable ideas focused on the topics of EU legislation, funding and knowledge sharing. One of the Partnerships is the Partnership on Urban Mobility.
The Partnership is co-coordinated by the city of Karlsruhe and the Czech Republic. Members of the Partnership are the cities of Bari, Bielefeld, Burgas, Gdynia, Malmö, Nijmegen, Torres Vedras, the regions of Skåne and Wallonia, the countries of Cyprus, Finland, Romania, and Slovenia, as well as EUROCTIES, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), POLIS, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), the International Association for Public Transport (UITP), URBACT and three Directorates-General of the European Commission: Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO), Transport and Mobility (DG MOVE), and Environment (DG ENV).
Focus areas and activities
To frame its work, the Partnership has identified four thematic areas:
- Active modes of transport;
- Innovative solutions and smart mobility;
- Public transport for cities; and
- Governance and planning.
For each of the above-mentioned themes, the Partnership identified bottlenecks and potentials. First and foremost, it did so through in-depth research and analytical work. Scoping fiches were elaborated on the four thematic areas of the Partnership, to identify the so-called ‘bottleneck areas’. The scoping papers highlighted how EU funding, EU legislation and EU knowledge exchange are the three key areas in which changes could have a significant impact on the better functioning of urban mobility.
This is why the partners of the Partnership developed the nine actions which are presented in the Public Feedback and are open to stakeholder feedback until 9 April 2018. The actions aim at addressing real needs: issues that have real and visible impact and concern a larger number of Member States and cities; actions should be ‘innovative’ without ‘recycling’ elements which have already been done or would be done anyway.
The recommended actions in detail are:
- Draft Action 1: Developing guidelines on infrastructure on active mobility supported by relevant funding
- Draft Action 2: Supporting sustainable and active mobility behaviour
- Draft Action 3: Reducing diversity of Urban Vehicle Access Regulation
- Draft Action 4: Exploring the deployment of New Mobility Services
- Draft Action 5: Setting up a European framework for fostering urban mobility innovation
- Draft Action 6: Evaluating best practices in convenient access to public transport
- Draft Action 7: Scaling up innovative clean buses
- Draft Action 8: Reinforcing multi-level cooperation and governance
- Draft Action 9: Reinforcing the uptake of sustainable urban mobility planning
In the meantime, recommendations for workable policies, governance and practices are being developed. They are meant to call for other actors to implement them and to highlight existing practices and policies that can be used as a source of inspiration. As work is still ongoing, they will be inserted in the Action Plan which will be published on Futurium in summer 2018.
This Public Feedback is part of a process to evaluate the actions and recommendations developed by the Partnership on Urban Mobility. The Action Plan would greatly benefit from the insights of relevant stakeholders, who have the opportunity to contribute to the improvement of actions and recommendations to be implemented in the future.
The results of the online Public Feedback will be taken into consideration by the members of the Partnership for the preparation of the final version of the Action Plan. The results will be presented to the DG meeting on urban matters (Directors-General responsible for urban matters in their Member States; the European Commission, the CoR, CEMR and EUROCITIES) in April and November 2018.
The individual contributions to this Public Feedback will not be published on the Internet. You will be able to choose between providing your personal details or submitting your contribution anonymously.
To read all draft actions, please consult the full draft Action Plan, the Public Feedback background document, or the Action Plan section. Each action description contains a hyperlink to a short survey on that action, which you are kindly invited to answer.