Green Transport

CIVITAS Initaitve

As secretariat of the CIVITAS (City-Vitality-Sustainability) Initiative, the REC organised the annual CIVITAS Forum conference “Managing Mobility: Planning for Sustainable Cities” in September in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, attended by over 400 urban mobility experts and politicians. According to the EC, it was a very good event: “I extend my personal appreciation to you and the VANGUARD team for their initiative, commitment and hard work that went on behind the scenes and of course prior to the event itself!” Media coverage included 26 news items, which, through subsequent citations, led to a total estimated audience of 29 million. The REC remains an important partner for the over 200 participating cities and the EC in the implementation of the CIVITAS Initiative.

The REC organised a side event to the EU-China Mayor’s Forum, the first annual flagship event of the EU-China Partnership on Urbanisation, where it showcased best practices from CIVITAS cities.

Awareness raising

The TA contributed to ELTIS (, the EC’s leading portal for transport news, policies and practices from European cities. Besides writing on-line content on energy-efficient urban mobility in CEE, the REC contributes annually to European Mobility Week.

As part of the project “SMART Cities and Communities Stakeholder Platform” the REC co-hosts the secretariat and supports working groups identifying innovations in the field of mobility, energy efficiency in buildings and energy supply.

The REC promoted bike-friendly mobility planning in small and medium-sized cities in CEE through Mobile 2020, representing six partner countries and working closely with national stakeholders and local authorities.

The REC also promoted car sharing to Hungarian stakeholders as a sustainable mode of individual transport and participated in a study tour in Bremen.

Sharing expertise

The topic area also contributed to the following:

  • Urban-Nexus: a coordination and support action funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme (Partner: European Urban Knowledge Network)
  • Energy Research Knowledge Center (Partner: Gopa-Cartermill)
  • EURISY, a non-profit association of over 30 governmental space offices and space agencies, international organisations, research institutions and private businesses involved or interested in space-related activities
  • EPOMM-PLUS: European Platform on Mobility Management – Partners Learning Urban Sustainability
MODAL SHARE: The Mobile2020 project gets new cycling enthusiasts on board in Koprivnica, Croatia
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