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European Committee of the Regions signs UITP Mobility Manifesto  
UITP’s Mobility Manifesto continues to strengthen the case for placing Mobility on Top – as the European Committee of the Regions join more than 300 others in pledging support.

More than two million people in Europe are directly employed in the public transport sector. Public transport plays a major role in the life of cities and is also a key factor in the fight against climate change.

In February of this year, UITP – the international association representing public transport stakeholders - called on all future EU decision makers to shine the spotlight on mobility, with a commitment to placing Mobility on Top of their agendas for the next five years. By July, more than 300 signatories had signed the UITP Manifesto , which is still open for signatures

"S ustainable urban mobility is the engine for a sustainable future. Affordable, green, efficient public transport not only improves quality of life and supports local economies, but is vital in driving the transition to a carbon-free world. Backed with the right EU polices and sufficient funds, cities and regions can make our transport systems fit for the 21st century and get Europe moving ", said Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions, signing the UITP manifesto.

Our Mobility Manifesto encourages everyone to recognise the importance of strong public transport and the need to advance mobility in our cities. In just a few months, more than 300 signatories have recognised urban mobility as a key priority by pledging their support. With the positive engagement of the European Committee of the Regions, that strong level of support continues. But we won’t stop there - our Mobility OnTop campaign is still active and we look forward to collaborating with those involved to turn our positive objectives into concrete actions ", said Thomas Avanzata, Senior Director UITP Europe.

The signature of the Mobility Manifesto took place in the margins of a joint conference organised by UITP, UNIFE (the European Rail Supply Industry Association) and the European Committee of the Regions on financing urban rail investments in the next financial framework.

Opened by UITP Deputy Director for Europe,Annika Steinen and CoR PresidentKarl-Heinz Lambertz together withPhilippe Citroën, Director General of UNIFE and Mikael Nyberg, representing Finland's Council Presidency Council, the conference focussed on the potential of urban and regional rail projects to respond to the challenges of urbanisation, notably emissions, congestion and territorial cohesion.

Pascal Mangin , CoR rapporteur for the opinion in progress on " The potential of the rail sector in delivering EU policy priorities ", outlined the territorial perspective together withWojciech Bartelski, CEO of Warsaw Trams, and Martin Platzer, Senior Vice-President of Voestalpine Schienen. This was completed by the outlook from the Brussels-based EU institutions on policy priorities for urban transport and the different funding lines available going forward - includingCiaran Cuffe, MEP and member of the TRAN Committee,Keir Fitch of DG MOVE andVincent Leiner of DG REGIO as well as Per Als, Senior Transport Specialist at the European Investment Bank.

You can find pictures of the event on the CoR Flickr gallery .

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