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Ilgtspējīgas un viedas mobilitātes stratēģija

Opinion Number: CDR 497/2021
Rapporteur: VAN ASTEN Robert
Commission: COTER
Status: Adopted
Date: 30/06/2021
The European Commission has published on 9 December 2020 the "Strategy for sustainable and smart mobility" (SSMS) which outlines the way to reach this objective. .

The SSMS has identified 10 key areas (flagships) for action for the mobility transformation. There are key areas which touch upon the competencies of local and regional authorities and the objective shall be to highlight the important contributions LRAs can make in the achieving those "flaghsips":

Boosting the uptake of zero-emission vehicles and renewable & low-carbon fuels and related infrastructure (FLAGSHIP 1)

Making interurban and urban mobility sustainable (FLAGSHIP 3)

Pricing carbon and providing better incentives for users (FLAGSHIP 5)

Reinforce the Single Market (FLAGSHIP 8)

Make mobility fair and just for all FLAGSHIP 9 (+ FLAGSHIP 6 – connected and automated mobility)

Eight policy recommendations of the CoR opinion "Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy" have been tabled by MEPs in the TRAN Committee as amendments;
In the preparation of the new "Urban Mobility Framework", a dedicated political session with the CoR was held in June 2021 where CoR members were able to present the key aspects to achieve sustainable urban mobility at local level;

- notes that the mobility transition is mainly taking place at regional and local level. The strategy should better take into account cities and regions' knowledge and experience of making mobility sustainable. The transition to sustainable and smart mobility requires a joint approach involving all levels of government (multilevel governance), in line with the principle of active subsidiarity;

- points out that the mobility transition requires a change in behaviour, to which users are key. More attention should be paid to social innovation geared towards effective incentives that cities and regions can use to promote active mobility, such as promotion of cycling and taking all the necessary steps to improve accessibility for everyone, among other measures;

- believes that the EU, its member states, regions and cities need to start considering public spaces as a common good, particularly in cities in the context of the design and urban planning as well as climate and energy planning;

- defends the concept of the "15-minute city", where all of the things people need and many that they want are located within a travel distance of 15 minutes;

- notes that cities and regions face diverse challenges. Some regions with large cities, as well as transit regions, have high levels of congestion, air pollution and environmental noise. In other regions, especially more sparsely populated ones and the suburbs of large cities, a lack of good connections is a major problem, jeopardising accessibility;

- notes that additional EU funding is needed in order to make investments, especially to implement measures provided for in SUMPs for liveable cities and regions. Such measures include better collective public transport services and pedestrian and cycle networks, and the construction of sound infrastructure such as publicly accessible charging points for electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, shared mobility systems and smart applications;

- underlines that various incentives are needed to bring about a modal shift. These include positive incentives such as the expansion of local public transport, tax incentives for the purchase of zero-emission vehicles (bicycles, scooters and cars), and efficient, reliable and affordable rail transport.



Assembly of European Regions (AER) Bureau meeting

The rapporteur spoke at the debate on Sustainable Mobility and Connectivity at the Assembly of European Regions and presented the CoR opinion.

02 Dec

UITP workshop "Regaining trust in public transport: Towards green recovery in European cities"

The rapporteur gave a keynote speech at the EU Regions Week 2021 workshop of the International Public Transport Union (UITP) on "Regaining trust in public transport: Towards green recovery in European cities"

13 Oct

European Parliament - Hearing on Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

The rapporteur was invited to speakt at a hearing on the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy organised by the European Parliament's rapporteur on the file (MEP Ismail Ertug)

10 Mar

Meeting with European Commission (DG MOVE)

The rapporteur met with Deputy Director General Matthew Baldwin of the European Commission's Directorate General "Mobility and Transport" (DG MOVE) as well as with the relevant unit preparing the dossier (10 March and 5 February 2021 respectively) to discuss the regional dimension of the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy.

10 Mar

MEP meetings

The rapporteur met with MEPs Vera Tax and Caroline Nagtegaal to discuss the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

11 Feb
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