Intergroup meeting in Strasbourg – 5.07.2012
The URBAN Intergroup meeting took place on July 5th in Strasbourg. The main topic of the meeting was the presentation of the findings of the joint URBAN-EMI questionnaire on the urban dimension of cohesion policy by Ries Kamphof, European Metropolitan network Institute.
European Metropolitan network Institute (EMI) and URBAN Intergroup conducted recently a digital questionnaire to get a better insight in the opinions on cohesion policy and its future. The questionnaire was addressed to urban professionals employed by local and metropolitan governments and regions acrossEuropeand was filled in by 109 respondents.
You will find more information about the survey in our next newsletter to be published this week.
Seminar on Sustainable Urban Mobility
On Thursday June 14 members of the Urban Intergroup met in Strasbourg with representatives of the cities of Bologna, Funchal and Utrecht, partners of the CIVITAS MIMOSA project, to discuss “Sustainable Urban Mobility in times of crisis”.
During the seminar, the cities discussed innovative solutions and interventions made by the five partner cities of CIVITAS MIMOSA:Bologna,Utrecht,Tallinn,Gdansk and Funchal. Thanks to this meeting and the innovative and practical tools identified from CIVITAS MIMOSA, the Urban Intergroup has the opportunity to better identify future policies and funding on environmental sustainability and urban mobility within the European Regional Development Fund, by streamlining a number of dedicated budgets for more effectiveness. In particular, a fast track for cities that have shown experience and leadership in the field of sustainable urban mobility should be created.
The President of the Urban Intergroup, Jan Olbrycht, commented on the great value demonstrated by the 5 partner cities over the last 4 years and stressed the importance of considering sustainable urban mobility a policy priority of the European Parliament. He also stated the need for closer links between research and implementation, focusing on financing channels, including the European Regional Development Fund, that promote the sustainability of services and actions through projects funded by the European Union.
CiViTAS is the EU Flagship Project for sustainable urban mobility funded under the 7th Framework Programme. The project aims to promote sustainable urban mobility, creating innovative and practical measures to reduce traffic, improve road safety and have a positive impact on the environment, enhancing the public transport networks and the use of vehicles and alternative fuels.