04.10.17

ODRAZ on the 15th CIVINET Forum in Torres Vedras

"Small Communities, Big Ideas" was the theme of this year's European gathering of cities and other stakeholders dealing with sustainable city traffic and mobility. The Forum was held from 27h to 29th of September, 2017 in the small town of Torres Vedras, one of the leading Portuguese cities in the area of sustainable urban development.

At this largest European conference dedicated to sustainable mobility, ODRAZ presented the CIVINET Network Slovenia-Croatia-South East Europe as part of the exhibition fair, attended by over 30 exhibitors from all over Europe.

The day before the Forum, at the ODRAZ initiative, an informal meeting of all CIVINET networks was held. The meeting discussed future joint activities and funding opportunities. Representatives from 10 of the 11 CIVINET networks had the opportunity to briefly present their work and activities. ODRAZ is the secretariat of the network, the City of Rijeka is coordinator. Participants from ODRAZ at the conference were Lidija Pavić-Rogošić, Ksenija Vidović Vorberger and Marina Vojković.

On the first day of the Forum, Violeta Bulc, the European Commissioner for Traffic, and Maja Bakran, Deputy Director of the General Directorate for Mobility and Traffic, thanked about 400 participants. The meeting was also welcomed by Portuguese Prime Minister Eduardo Cabita, Mayor of Torres Vedras Carlos Bernrdes and Chairman of CIVITAS Political Advisory Committee Steen Moller.

Torres Vedras has worked hard in recent years to create and offer smart and sustainable solutions to its residents and other visitors, said Mayor Cabita. Among other things, it was emphasized that in planning the mobility, as well as budgeting in the city, it should be discussed with citizens, local communities and local self-government. In order to ensure participation, instruments for a quality process should also be provided.

On the first day of the Forum, Violeta Bulc, the European Commissioner for Traffic, and Maja Bakran, Deputy Director of the General Directorate for Mobility and Traffic, thanked about 400 participants. The meeting was also welcomed by Portuguese Prime Minister Eduardo Cabita, Mayor of Torres Vedras Carlos Bernrdes and Chairman of CIVITAS Political Advisory Committee Steen Moller.

Torres Vedras has worked hard in recent years to create and offer smart and sustainable solutions to its residents and other visitors, said Mayor Cabita. Among other things, it was emphasized that in planning the mobility, as well as budgeting in the city, it should be discussed with citizens, local communities and local self-government. In order to ensure participation, instruments for a quality process should also be provided.

Apart from the good practice of Torres Vedras, we have also heard about the transformation of Danish Odense, which has some 250,000 inhabitants, for which political courage and a long-term plan are being followed step by step.

The conference program consisted of numerous workshops, presentations and field visits. Themes discussed over three days: Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUMP), innovative approaches to mobility and mobility, digital decision-making and data collection tools, capacity building to stimulate active mobility, etc. All presentations will soon be available on the web on civitas.eu.

As part of the program, on the second day of the Forum, CIVITAS awards for achievements in the field of urban mobility was given. Prizes are awarded in two categories. ˝The Bold Measure Award˝ was won by the Italian city of Bologna. This award is awarded to a city that adopts a bold and innovative approach that is still not widely implemented and places the city as a pioneer in particular thematic categories. ˝The Transformations Award˝ for a significant transition and progress towards a more sustainable and smart city through an integrated set of mobility measures was won by the Spanish city of Murcia.

Apart from ODRAZ, the conference was attended by members of the network - the cities of Zagreb and Ljubljana, the Association of Cities in the Republic of Croatia and the Town Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia.

At the end of the conference was announced the host city of the next Forum - the Umeå University in Northern Sweden.

 
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