The European Committee of the Regions will draft an opinion on the European "
Strategy for Sustainable and Smart Mobility
" and has appointed
Robert van Asten
(NL/RE), Deputy Mayor of The Hague as rapporteur for the opinion.
The evolution of the transport system towards a zero-emission and digital
one will require action at local and regional level and will fundamentally
transform local and regional mobility. In cities and regions, mobility is
the link between living, working, knowledge and free time. The mobility
transition is required in order to meet the objectives of sustainability,
accessibility, road safety and health. This is not just a question of
making transport more sustainable (towards zero-emission vehicles), but
rather of reducing travel and changing mobility (towards more sustainable
forms such as cycling and walking).
Mobility is inextricably linked to spatial planning: a clean but compact
city that reduces mobility through proximity to various activities and
facilities (living, working, business and free time) and that facilitates
other active mobility through infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists and
public transport. Similarly, in rural areas spatial planning should aim at
ensuring accessibility of services for all citizens. Cities and regions are
also multimodal hubs with good connections to a network of regional,
national and international connections.
The topic will be first discussed by the rapporteur, the CoR Members and
the European Commission at the COTER meeting of 26 February 2021 (on the
basis of the rapporteur's "
the draft opinion will be adopted at the COTER meeting on 23 April
2021. The adoption of the opinion at the CoR Plenary is foreseen for 30
June / 1 July 2021.
By means of this written consultation, Mr
, would like to
consult relevant stakeholders and gather their position on the
Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy
. The following questions could be taken into account:
The strategy and urban and interurban mobility
What effective incentives can local and regional authorities use to
encourage behavioural change with regard to choice of transport?
How do we ensure that the plans do not leave out simple sustainable
forms of urban mobility such as cycling and walking and also ensure
connectivity beyond city border to include the peri-urban and rural
What are your experiences with sustainable urban mobility plans
How do you see the relationship between SUMPs and regional mobility
plans? What do you think the appropriate scale would be?
How can the strategy respond to the broader challenges and can an
SUMP help with this?
Supporting urban and regional mobility: EU funding
How could the implementation of financial instruments be improved
in order to make them accessible for all authorities (in terms of
eligibility and practicability of the application process)?
Do you support the idea of using cities and regions as testing
grounds for the mobility transition and how could this be connected
to the European level (the strategy)?
Supporting urban and regional mobility: EU policy measures
The rapporteur would be grateful if you could send your comments and/or
position papers relevant to the subject as soon as possible (and ideally
before 08 March 2021) by email to the CoR COTER Secretariat
How can EU policies support cities and regions with the mobility
transition, which does not just involve making existing transport
How can the EU ensure that authorities and businesses cooperate
better on policy issues?