The Mediterranean Mobility Forum gathered over 30 Mediterranean cities and a total of 80 key stakeholders in Athens to wrap up the Urban Transports Community with an ambitious look into the future !

The Mediterranean Mobility Forum was organised the 25th and 26th of October in Athens, Greece, and concluded the Urban Transport Community project of the InterregMed. The final conference of the project, hosted by CIVINET CY-EL and coordinated by MedCities as lead partner, gathered over 80 participants on-site and 20 more online. Some of the project publications and policy briefs produced by the community were presented and discussed with mayors and vice-mayors from across the Mediterranean and a representation of the private sector and the academia.

The UTC Declaration was presented and is now signed by over 30 Mediterranean cities, a powerful joint message in favor of the sustainable urban mobility agenda in the Mediterranean.

The first’s day agenda included a series of 3 thematic sessions, addressing some of the thematic focus of the project: decarbonisation of mobility & resilience against climate change (with the presentation of the project’s first and third policy brief addressing active mobility and urban transport’s resilience to climate change); sustainable mobility planning and innovation (featuring the presentation of the project’s 2nd policy brief about sustainable mobility and tourism, and the 4th about e-mobility). The last session gathered city representatives having had an important role during the project’s mentoring initiative, to discuss the takeaways of a unique and celebrated city to city knowledge transferring scheme.

Once the sessions concluded, over 30 participants travelled to the city-centre of Athens (using public transport, of course!), to walk the “Great Promenade” at the foot of the Acropolis. This is a unique project that puts pedestrians and the city’s outstanding archaeological heritage at the core of its transformation towards a more liveable and sustainable local and touristic life. 

The second and last day of the Forum offered a training course about the integration of electromobility in the urban transport network” covering the most important aspects of the integration of e-mobility in the urban transport networks.

MedCities Secretariat celebrated the closing of the project with the 5th and last Steering Committee meeting discussing the project key results and achievements, but also the challenges faced at different stages of the implementation.

All the information, presentations and products showcased during this conference will be available at the project website.

Lastly, as several city member representatives from the MedCities network were present at the event, such as Sfax, Nabeul, Agadir, Tetouan, Mersin and Durres in a working meeting that took place to discuss urban mobility projects and priorities, and the opportunity for further cooperation among them.

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