Commission signs €4 million grant for sustainable urban mobility
The European Commission today signed a grant agreement worth €4 million with a consortium of 14 European research institutes, associations and consulting companies — including 10 SMEs — for a three-year project known as "Civitas Capital".
Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: "This grant demonstrates the continued commitment of the EU to sustainable urban mobility. Civitas is one of the most important EU initiatives in this field, and will deliver tangible results. We need to develop further the urban dimension of our transport policy. To that end, the Commission will present a comprehensive urban mobility package later this year." Civitas Capital will:
- pool existing knowledge through groups dedicated to specific topics who will produce best-practice guides;
- issue recommendations on future R&D priorities which the Commission will integrate in its 2014–2020 research programme;
- develop training packages and organise placement and exchange of urban mobility professionals — around 500 professionals will be trained or offered a placement;
- manage an activity fund of close to €500,000 to support the transfer of measures to other cities, allowing more cities to implement successful urban mobility measures;
- create five additional national and regional networks and continue to manage the five existing ones — these networks increase the dissemination of know-how and best practice within their language group or geographical group;
- develop a knowledge centre that will be available to all stakeholders through the Civitas website — a one-stop-shop where all material produced for and by Civitas will be available to all, for learning and reapplication.
Rupprecht Consult is the Project coordinator.
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