More than 20 Mediterranean cities, from 12 different countries, received trainings on « Financing Sustainable Mobility » and « Mobility & Tourism Nexus » within the framework of the Interreg-MED Urban Transport Community.

Barcelona, 11-13 June 2019. As part of of the transfer and capitalisation activities of the GO SUMP project, MedCities coordinated a series of High Level Trainings on Sustainable Mobility. It was attended by mobility technical teams from more than 20 Mediterranean cities, from 12 different countries, with the aim of strengthening technical capacities and promoting the transferability of piloted urban practices, from the Interreg-MED Urban Transport Community (MED-UTC) towards new cities interested in the process of exchanging mobility tools and good practices.

The topics studied during the training courses focused on two key areas identified by the MED-UTC, with special attention to the participation of southern Mediterranean cities in the transfer processes in order to promote more global sustainable mobility policies and practices.

  • (I) High-Level Training Course: « Financing Sustainable Mobility »

The sessions of the course on « Financing Sustainable Mobility » included panels covering both the most innovative concepts and the most consolidated mechanisms for financing sustainable mobility. For instance, experts from the Wuppertal Institute in charge of developing the Topic Guide on Funding and financing options for Sustainable Urban Mobility, which is part of the Second edition of the SUMP Guidelines, developed under the auspices of the DG MOVE. Also, the trainings were an occassion for bringing together several representatives from AMB, TMB, ATM, IERMB and Generalitat de Catalunya, being the main key players of the public transports fundanding programmes of the metropolitan region of Barcelona.

  • (II) High Level Training Course: « Mobility & Tourism Nexus »

The course on « Mobility & Tourism Nexus » was attended by pioneering experts in the fields of regulations and strategies on urban tourism mobility, as the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona City CouncilEuropean Cyclists Federation, CIVITAS and Interreg-MED projects, among others. Methodological concepts and experiences in municipal management of urban tourist mobility in the Mediterranean were presented.

The trainings promoted the strengthening of capacities in the technical departments of the participating Mediterranean cities for the transferring of sustainable mobility practices and policies. Also, the MED-UTC projects’ solutions for the promoting sustainable mobility models were presented,contextualized by Mediterranean specificities, bringing together experts from the urban transport sector, who explored synergies and shared good practices and innovative ideas. In order to understand the current state of the mobility sector in the Mediterranean area, including the challenges and oportunities presented, recommendations were formulated for the improvement of urban mobility in Mediterranean cities.

The conference closed with « Peer to Peer » sessions between cities in the different geographical areas of the Mediterranean, which shared their best practices and tools by means of dynamics that favoured the transfer of knowledge and the study of the potential for replication in new urban contexts.

High Level Trainings Programme & « Peer to Peer » Agenda


One GO SUMP – High Level Trainings – Video resume was developed during the event, and a second AMB & GO SUMP – High Level Trainings – Video was developed by the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. The training materials developed in the frame of both courses are available here below:



Financing Sustainable Mobility Principal financing opportunities: an overview

Stefan Werland, Mobility and International Cooperation, Wuppertal Institute – Funding and Financing Options for Sustainable Urban Mobility

Alex Saz-Carranza, European Investment Bank (EIB) – Financial schemes for sustainable mobility


Financing Sustainable Mobility – Examples from EU projects

Francesco Filippi, MUSOL Foundation – Technology, mobility and tourism

Francesco Amadio, NRGit – Carbon Credit certification opportunities for EU and MENA countries

Pau Morales & John Mardikis, EnerNETmob Project – Financing schemes


Mobility & Tourism Nexus – Principal challenges on urban mobility in touristic cities: an overview

Eduard Alvarez, Open University of Catalonia

Pablo Díaz, Open University of Catalonia

Albert Arias, Mobility and Tourism Expert


Mobility & Tourism Nexus – Mobility and tourism paradoxes – Eduard Alvarez, Open University of Catalonia



Financing Sustainable Mobility – Financing mobility in Barcelona and its wider area

Maite Pérez, Barcelona Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies – Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan of the AMB (PMMU)

Carles Conill, AMB, Mobility Department – Financial Mechanisms of the Metropolitan Plan for Urban Mobility (PMMU)

Cristina Pou, Catalonia Government, Territorial Planning – Financial schemes of the Metropolitan region’s public transports services


Financing Sustainable Mobility – International projects

Hervé Guenassia, European Investment Bank (EIB) – Financing schemes in north Africa

Manel Rivera, Palma City Council, Municipal Transport Operator (EMT) – Public transports financing mechanism

Ismael Uruén, TMB Financing services – TMB – EIB a good long-term relationship

Anthi Tsakiropoulou, Major Development Agency Thessaloniki – REMEDIO project, financing approaches


Financing Sustainable Mobility – Financing public transport

Neus T-Figueras, AMB, Financing department on Mobility Area – Management model of Public Transports operator and incentive contracting system

Lluís Rams Riera, TMB, Financial management and auditing services – ATM – TMB financing program

Míriam Manrique, Metropolitan Transports Authority – Financing scheme of metropolitan public transports and research into innovative mechanisms


Financing Sustainable Mobility – Innovative tools and local revenue streams

Jordi Casas Juan, CINESI – Innovative financing tools and schemes

Eddy Roca, Som Mobilitat – Collaborative Mobility & Economy Model

Joanna Majdecka, Krakow – Parking system financing model

Valentino Sevino, AMAT Milano – Congestion Charges


Mobility & Tourism Nexus – Technology, mobility and tourism – Pablo Díaz, Open University of Catalonia

Kornilia Maria Kotoula, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) / Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) – The MOTIVATE platform, a participative city mobility planning tool


Mobility & Tourism Nexus –  Touristic mobility strategy of Barcelona city – Albert Arias, Mobility and Tourism Expert


Mobility & Tourism Nexus – International Projects

Alvaro Nicolas, Mobility Expert – Innovative municipal regulation of Barcelona City on personal mobility vehicles and Motorbikes/Bicycles Sharing

John Mardikis & Eglantina Dani, EnerNETmob Project – Electro-mobility & tourism

Giannoula Tzovara & Andreas Kotsios, Igoumenitsa City Council – Sustainable Mobility-Tourism challenges – SUMP development integration



Mobility & Tourism Nexus – Sustainable projects and policies – opportunities ahead

Jesus Freire, European Cyclists’ Federation – Mediterranean cycling projects and sustainable tourism opportunities

Tomo Šundov, Split City Council – Traffic congestion minimization and tourism integration in the city of Split

Marta Rojas, BLinkBCN – International perspective on the integration of Mobility and Tourism policies – opportunities ahead





Participating Network Cities:
– Agadir
– Sfax
Palma City Council
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality
– Antalya
Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB)
– Tétouan
– Pallini Attikis
– Montpellier
– Sarajevo
Interreg  MED UTC Pilot Cities
– Durres
– Lisboa
Nicosia City Council
Split City Council
ENA Arrábida
– Limassol
Major Development Agency Thessaloniki
– Larnaka
– Zadar (HR)