Brussels, 7 November 2008
Bologna will from Sunday host the sixth annual meeting of the cities taking part in Europe's CIVITAS initiative, which aims at developing integrated solutions for sustainable mobility in towns and cities in order to reduce congestion and pollution. In the presence of Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani and Italian Minister of Transport, Altero Matteoli, around 300 participants coming from all around Europe are expected in the Italian city between 9th and 11th November. Practical experience from cities that are Europe-wide leaders in the field of urban mobility will be presented.
"The Civitas initiative is one of the foundations of our ambitious urban transport policy. The Action Plan on urban mobility that I intend to present in December will very much build on best practices Civitas has been developing", said Commission Vice-President Tajani.
CIVITAS 2008 conference is organized around the theme "Cities and Mobility: Change is possible". It focuses on the main ideas of last year's Green Paper on urban mobility and its forthcoming Action Plan. It underlines the importance of making cities and their transport systems more accessible, flowing, smarter, greener and safer. It will develop and pursue new strategies and actions along these lines.
The CIVITAS Forum provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences on sustainable mobility between European cities. Membership to the CIVITAS Forum is based on a sustainable urban transport policy commitment.
The CIVITAS Initiative addresses ambitious cities that are introducing and testing innovative measures intended to achieve a more sustainable, clean and energy efficient urban transport system. Using funds from the Research and Technological Development Framework Programmes of the European Union, the Commission is co-funding projects in 59 European pilot cities which combine energy and transport in a coherent manner.
Further information and the final programme are available at the Forum's official website: http://www.civitas.eu/forum_conference_2008