Here you will find all the information on CIVITAS PROSPERITY’s actions that are posted during the project time. You are very welcome to scan through the articles and follow the development of the project and each partner’s actions!

2019 sees the introduction of a new regulatory framework for Regional SUMPs in Flanders (BE)

Transport Regions to manage SUMPs mobility challenges

For almost twenty years the northern region of Belgium, Flanders, has provided leading guidance on local SUMP support. This year they introduce a new approach across fifteen transport regions. The regions include cities and municipalities within spatial influence areas that will co-operate to provide user-oriented sustainable mobility in planning, implementation and evaluation policy. This will lead to (basic) accessibility and become the backbone of Regional SUMPs.

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CIVITAS PROSPERITY and the Transport Day at the COP24 in Katowice

During the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), the Transport Day was organised on 06 December 2018 in the CIVITAS PROSPERITY partner city Katowice.

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Joint CIVITAS PROSPERITY and Eltis Workshop in Warsaw

From 26 to 27 November 2018, a joint training workshop of CIVITAS PROSPERITY and Eltis took place in Warsaw, Poland.

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Second national CIVITAS PROSPERITY event in Germany

The German Transport Development Plans, called VEPs, and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) are complex and elaborate. The CIVITAS PROSPERITY ‘national events’ are workshops that are designed to enable participants to exchange experiences and to elaborate on the implementation of sustainable transport plans within a national context. The 2nd edition of this event in Germany took place on 07 November 2018 in Kassel.

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The multimodal challenge under discussion in Barcelona

On 18 October 2018 a new edition of the yearly exchange session on sustainable mobility planning was held by CIVITAS-PROSPERITY’s Spanish partner Diputació de Barcelona (DIBA).

Following on the last European SUMP Conference and in line with the European Commission having dedicated the year 2018 to the promotion of multimodality, in this edition discussions and best practise exchange focused on multimodality issues.

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PROSPERITY partner city Varna еxchanges experience on SUMP

PROSPERITY partner city Varna еxchanges experience on SUMP through the EU Programme 'City-to-city cooperation on sustainable urban development'.

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CIVITAS PROSPERITY national Portuguese meeting on SUMPs was a great success

On 21 September 2018, during the European Mobility Week, the Portuguese Institute for Mobility and Transports, with the support of the Municipality of Lisbon and CIVITAS PROSPERITY, organised the National Meeting on Sustainable Mobility Planning.

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CIVITAS peer-exchange programme: Open call for work placements and study visits

Practice-oriented learning activities are designed to enhance the knowledge exchange between cities dealing with similar transport challenges and ultimately improve urban mobility across Europe.

With this call, cities are invited to apply for CIVITAS peer-exchange activities in 2019, more concretely, cities have the opportunity to either host work placements or participate in study visits. The deadline for applications is the 14 November 2018.

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PARTICIPATE AT THE PORTUGUESE NATIONAL MEETING ON SUSTAINABLE URBAN MOBILITY PLANS

The European Commission has recognized sustainable urban mobility planning as a core element of the European vision for Urban Mobility. As part of the effort to spread the message and increase the take up of this planning approach Portugal organises a special event on that topic back-to-back with the activities in the European Mobility Week. 

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SUMPs in German municipalities: Results of an Online Survey

On the European level, the concept of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) seems to be the answer for tackling urban mobility challenges. On the one hand, the SUMP approach stresses the need to integrate sustainable modes of transport in urban mobility planning. On the other hand, it presents a specific methodology to implement the planning process. As a reiterative cycle it underlines the importance of a continuous update of the planning phases and contents. Moreover, the SUMP approach highlights the importance of integrating relevant stakeholders and the public throughout the process.

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Register to the CIVITAS PROSPERITY SUMP webinars

From October 2018 to February 2019 CIVITAS PROSPERITY will organise six webinars on most wanted topics for SUMP. Dates and times for five of these webinars have been fixed now and the registration is open.

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CIVITAS Forum 2018 - Experience Europe's Inclusive and Multimodal Mobility Future

The importance of transport’s social dimension is becoming increasingly clear - mobility shapes lives and prospects. It is crucial that transport systems are environmentally friendly, inclusive, efficient, and centred on meeting diverse user needs. Yet how can this be accomplished?

Under the banner of "Mobility for U and Me", this year's CIVITAS Forum Conference will gather hundreds of policymakers, city representatives, academics, and practitioners in Umeå, Sweden, from 19-21 September to debate this critical question.

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Apply for the 2018 SUMP Award!

The 7th SUMP Award focuses on multimodality, which has been declared theme of the year by the European Commission - DG MOVE. Multimodality has been defined as the use of different modes of transport on the same journey or for different trips for both goods and passengers. Read our manual to find out more about multimodality and its definition.

The call for applications is open until 1 October 2018. Read the call for applications  here and the evaluation criteria here.

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New Report Out Now! The Status of SUMPs in EU Member States

In order to enable mobility planning authorities across Europe to embrace the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) as the European-wide strategic planning approach, both the CIVITAS PROSPERITY and CIVITAS SUMPs-Up projects consider the role of the national and regional levels as essential for supporting SUMP take-up. This support encompasses governance, financing and capacity building.

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SUMP National Training event gets Hungarian cities engaged in sustainable transportation planning

From 04-07 June the city of Szeged had the honour to host the SUMP National Training for Hungarian cities in the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project. The participants had the possibility to feel the mentality of sustainable mobility planning, long run achievements and could ask their questions directly to the lecturers from such countries, where this kind of thinking had been influencing city transportation development for a longer time.

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CIVITAS PROSPERITY at the International Bicycle Day in Katowice

In connection with the organisation of the local event by the City of Katowice called "International Bicycle Day in Katowice", which took place on Friday, 29th June 2018, representatives of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY partners in Poland had the opportunity to present the information about the project activities of the City of Katowice, SMG Expert (the National Focal Point for Poland) and the Federal Polish Ministry of Infrastructure in this subject.

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City of Kassel further gets into shape for sustainable mobility

After the City of Kassel successfully held its first workshop in the context of the EU project CIVITAS PROSPERITY in March 2018, the City of Vienna was invited in April 2018 for another workshop with the purpose of getting Kassel into shape for the effective implementation of its new SUMP. The German Institute for Urban Affairs (Difu) supports and accompanies Kassel in CIVITAS PROSPERITY with the implementation of its transport development plan by introducing best practice examples from other municipalities and customized guidance.

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Promoting the SUMP concept in Poland

On 30 May 2018, the second Polish CIVITAS PROSPERITY SUMP Promo Event took place in Sopot at the University of Gdansk. The event was organised as part of the National Conference on the Challenges of Transport Development in the 21st Century - TranSopot 2018, and was an opportunity to meet in an interdisciplinary group of about 80 participants, including practitioners, representatives of city administration units and scientists.

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Coaching the City of Kassel in the field of evaluation of its SUMP

Already well ahead of the current political and public debate on high levels of nitrogen oxide emissions in German cities, the City of Kassel addressed the topic of urban air pollution caused by traffic. In 2015 Kassel adopted its new transport development plan (VEP: Verkehrsentwicklungsplan Kassel 2030), which fulfills most of the criteria of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP).

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Free national SUMP Trainings

CIVITAS PROSPERITY organises national training sessions for practitioners and stakeholders free of charge in 10 European countries. The training sessions are tailor-made for each country tackling – based upon an analysis - the most wanted and needed topic areas. The good mix of theory and practical exercises guarantees an effective learning experience with motivated participants. Click here for the video impression on the CIVITAS PROSPERITY trainings. 

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National SUMP training carried out in Romania

From 24th – 27th of April 2018 the national Civitas Prosperity training on SUMP for Romania was organised in Brasov. The main target group were the local authorities. The event combined theoretical explanations with the discussion of local examples and practical exercises. It was particularly well received motivating both, politicians and technicians, support the taking up and improvement of SUMPs and join the dedicated national network.

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First Deputy Mayor of Katowice and Ministry of Infrastructure opened the CIVITAS PROSPERITY SUMP training in Poland

From 09-12 April 2018, the CIVITAS PROSPERITY national SUMP Training for Polish Cities takes place in Katowice. The training was opened by Mr. Sobula, First Deputy Mayor of Katowice, and Ms. Perkuszewska, Head of Innovative and Sustainable Mobility Division of the Federal Ministry of Infrastructure with a presentation about transport policy for urban mobility.

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New CIVITAS PROSPERITY Innovation Briefs out now

CIVITAS PROSPERITY stands for innovation. And as such, the project offers insights to interesting topics via its Innovation Briefs that are relevant for making SUMPs more attractive, up-to-date and effective. The two latest CIVITAS PROSPERITY Innovation Briefs are now available: 'Placemaking Strategies and SUMPs', as well as 'Children as active stakeholders in the process of city transformation'.

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CIVITAS PROSPERITY coaching session in Katowice

It is a clear objective of the project that cities (further) develop and implement their SUMPs. CIVITAS-PROSPERITY partner cities have been selected in most cases because they are typical cities within their respective countries. In cases where they are newcomers in SUMP, because their commitment makes them highly appropriate to receive targeted assistance to help them further with their SUMP.

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Results of the Europe-wide analysis on Higher Levels of Government – their Support for SUMP in the EU are available now

There is a gap between the needs and demands of the cities that should develop and implement SUMPs, and higher administrative institutions who should prepare the ground and provide programmes to encourage cities to develop and implement SUMPs.

The aim is to close the gap and develop national SUMP support programmes in all participating countries – that are tailor made for the needs of cities and really help them, e.g. through knowledge building and sharing, financial and institutional support, standardisation, common evaluation criteria, etc.

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National conference on sustainable mobility, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The second national conference on sustainable mobility in Slovenia with a kick-off of the European mobility week (EMW) 2018 took place on 14th February 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, under the title »Active mobility makes you happy«.

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Updated SUMP Guidelines in Bulgarian language available now

Preparing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) is a complex undertaking. Guidelines developed with the European Commission's support offer concrete suggestions on how to apply the SUMP concept and prepare an urban mobility strategy that builds on a clear vision for the sustainable development of an urban area.

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SUMP Ambassadors Speak Out!

Sharing opinions and connecting with others is important, as it helps to offer support to local and national authorities to improve the quality and uptake of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. CIVITAS PROSPERITY’s approach is to focus its support on connecting, rather than collecting. Hence, the project has introduced SUMP Ambassadors, who are enthusiastic personalities willing to share their interesting stories, findings and lessons learnt from their personal experience with SUMPs.

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CIVITAS PROSPERITY Training Activities Kicked-Off

Improving capacities, knowledge and understanding by means of training activities is at the core of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project. As the famous German neurologist Gerald Hüther once said, “Being creative is not always inventing something completely new. Rather, it is more a matter of connecting existing knowledge that was previously separate in new ways. From this process new knowledge and know-how is created.”

The first two training events took place in Kaunas and Limassol, and seven more are to come in 2018.

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CIVITAS PROSPERITY seminar in Katowice

On 28 November 2017, the CIVITAS PROSPERITY partners City of Katowice and SMG EKSPERT from Krakow, organised a seminar on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans within the framework of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project. As the overall objective of the CIVITAS PROSPERITY project is to support local and national authorities in improving quality and developing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, different local and regional stakeholders from Silesia region were invited for the seminar.

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Knowledge Exchange Session on SUMPs in the Barcelona Region

The seminar focused on the importance of high quality public space to promote mobility changes.

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Urban mobility planning and policy - best practice from EU for third countries

In recent years, there has been a growing interest from third countries to learn from European experience in the area of sustainable urban mobility. In response to this, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport has just published two booklets.

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CIVITAS Prosperity local/national partnerships National Task Forces to develop or sharpen SUMP Supporting Programmes

In the CIVITAS Prosperity project 11 countries are working on the development and implementation of a tailor-made national SUMP promotion programme.  In the past half-year, the so-called ‘National Focal Points’ in these countries made good progress in creating a national SUMP network and SUMP Promo programme. To make this successful and get the commitment of the responsible higher level government, 11 National Task Forces were launched. 

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News Archive

2019 sees the introduction of a new regulatory framework for Regional SUMPs in Flanders (BE)08.01.2019
CIVITAS PROSPERITY and the Transport Day at the COP24 in Katowice19.12.2018
Joint CIVITAS PROSPERITY and Eltis Workshop in Warsaw07.12.2018
Second national CIVITAS PROSPERITY event in Germany06.12.2018
The multimodal challenge under discussion in Barcelona06.11.2018
PROSPERITY partner city Varna еxchanges experience on SUMP06.11.2018
CIVITAS PROSPERITY national Portuguese meeting on SUMPs was a great success25.10.2018
CIVITAS peer-exchange programme: Open call for work placements and study visits19.10.2018
PARTICIPATE AT THE PORTUGUESE NATIONAL MEETING ON SUSTAINABLE URBAN MOBILITY PLANS14.09.2018
SUMPs in German municipalities: Results of an Online Survey14.09.2018
Register to the CIVITAS PROSPERITY SUMP webinars13.09.2018
CIVITAS Forum 2018 - Experience Europe's Inclusive and Multimodal Mobility Future03.09.2018
Apply for the 2018 SUMP Award!08.08.2018
New Report Out Now! The Status of SUMPs in EU Member States07.08.2018
SUMP National Training event gets Hungarian cities engaged in sustainable transportation planning20.07.2018
CIVITAS PROSPERITY at the International Bicycle Day in Katowice03.07.2018
City of Kassel further gets into shape for sustainable mobility25.06.2018
Promoting the SUMP concept in Poland12.06.2018
Coaching the City of Kassel in the field of evaluation of its SUMP04.06.2018
Free national SUMP Trainings11.05.2018
National SUMP training carried out in Romania02.05.2018
First Deputy Mayor of Katowice and Ministry of Infrastructure opened the CIVITAS PROSPERITY SUMP training in Poland11.04.2018
New CIVITAS PROSPERITY Innovation Briefs out now29.03.2018
CIVITAS PROSPERITY coaching session in Katowice19.03.2018
Results of the Europe-wide analysis on Higher Levels of Government – their Support for SUMP in the EU are available now26.02.2018
National conference on sustainable mobility, Ljubljana, Slovenia23.02.2018
Knowledge Exchange Session on SUMPs in the Barcelona Region22.02.2018
Updated SUMP Guidelines in Bulgarian language available now24.01.2018
SUMP Ambassadors Speak Out!11.01.2018
CIVITAS PROSPERITY Training Activities Kicked-Off19.12.2017
CIVITAS PROSPERITY seminar in Katowice12.12.2017
Urban mobility planning and policy - best practice from EU for third countries17.11.2017
CIVITAS Prosperity local/national partnerships National Task Forces to develop or sharpen SUMP Supporting Programmes11.07.2017