Mobility and Transport

Clean transport, Urban transport

Urban mobility

Urban mobility

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A large majority of European citizens live in an urban environment, with over 60 % living in urban areas of over 10 000 inhabitants. They live their daily lives in the same space, and for their mobility share the same infrastructure. Urban mobility accounts for 40 % of all CO2 emissions of road transport and up to 70 % of other pollutants from transport.

European cities increasingly face problems caused by transport and traffic. The question of how to enhance mobility while at the same time reducing congestion, accidents and pollution is a common challenge to all major cities in Europe. Congestion in the EU is often located in and around urban areas and costs nearly EUR 100 billion, or 1 % of the EU's GDP, annually. Cities themselves are usually in the best position to find the right responses to these challenges, taking their specific circumstances into account.

Efficient and effective urban transport can significantly contribute to achieving objectives in a wide range of policy domains for which the EU has an established competence. The success of policies and policy objectives that have been agreed at EU level, for example on the efficiency of the EU transport system, socio-economic objectives, energy dependency, or climate change, partly depends on actions taken by national, regional and local authorities. Mobility in urban areas is also an important facilitator for growth and employment and for sustainable development in the EU areas.

As a follow-up to the 2011 Transport White Paper 'Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area' , the European Commission came up in 2013 with an Urban Mobility Package  that addressed initiatives 31, 32 and 33 of the White Paper. Initiative 31 called for establishing procedures and financial support mechanisms at the European level for preparing Urban Mobility Plans. Initiative 32 foresaw the development of a package for urban road user charging and access restriction schemes; while initiative 33 covered the production of best practice guidelines to better monitor and manage urban freight flows.

Policy and related documents

Public consultation on Urban Mobility in the EU (11 September - 4 December 2019)

Sustainable Urban Mobility: Policy Context

Sustainable Urban Mobility: European Policy, Practice and Solutions

Keep Europe moving - Sustainable mobility for our continent

CIVITAS initiative

Eltis, the Urban Mobility Portal

Urban Transport Roadmaps