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19 October 2020

Urban Mobility days 2020 - session slides


Urban Mobility Days 2020 has made session presentation slides available for download.

Follow the links below to access informative presentations about the wide range of topics that were discussed during the virtual conference. Sessions are also available to view on the Eltis Mobility Portal YouTube channel. 

Plenary sessions

  • What’s next for urban mobility in the EU?

  • Recognizing Europe’s sustainable mobility success stories – Meet the CIVITAS and sustainable mobility award winners

  • Announcement of the finalists & winners of the CIVITAS Awards 2020 by Matthew Baldwin, DG MOVE

  • Announcement of the new call for applications for the next EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Awards, and for the next EU Urban Road Safety Award by Juan Caballero, EUROCITIES

  • Stepping up the game: The EU's contribution to the global urban mobility transition

  • Turning policy into implementation: sourcing the resources

  • Planning and unforeseen challenges

Parallel Sessions


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16 October 2020

Guidance on the revised Clean Vehicles Directive


The revision of the Clean Vehicles Directive, which was adopted last year, aims to mobilise public procurement to accelerate the deployment of clean vehicles. The Directive sets national targets, defined as a minimum share of clean vehicles in the total number of vehicles procured in each Member State, but leaves full flexibility in how the effort is distributed within each Member State.

In order to help Member States and public authorities in the transposition and practical implementation of the Directive, the Commission intends to publish a guidance notice on the application of some of its provisions. In particular, the Notice – which is planned for adoption next week – will present a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) clarifying specific aspects related to:

  • the scope of the Directive;
  • the definition of 'clean vehicles';
  • the minimum procurement targets;
  • the counting of the vehicles;
  • the use of the Tenders Electronic Daily (TED) database under different procurement scenarios (including e.g. retrofitted vehicles, replacement of vehicles in the framework of existing contracts, etc).

Member States are required to transpose the Directive into national legislation by 2 August 2021.


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06 October 2020

Five ways we can systemically transform last-mile logistics


As consumers are ordering more online and expecting faster deliveries, the demand for last-mile delivery is soaring. However, cities are struggling with traffic congestion and air pollution due to the increasing number of delivery vehicles, the noise their engines produce, and second-lane parking. The public sector has launched various local initiatives to combat this problem, however, harmonised regulatory frameworks have yet to arrive.

There are 24 partners now exploring different business models for last-mile delivery within the recently announced EU initiative ULaaDS – Urban Logistics as an on-Demand Service, which aims to accelerate the deployment of innovative, shared, zero-emission logistics while addressing the impact of the on-demand economy. ULaaDS brings together city authorities, research institutions, industry and logistics stakeholders, associations, and networks.

David Fernández, a consultant with one of the organisations involved in ULaaDS proposes five business models, combining innovative tech, new schemes for horizontal collaboration, and policy measures and interventions as catalysts for systemic change in last-mile logistics.


For a detailed exploration of each suggested business model, you can read more here.

If you’d like to know more about the ULaaDS projects see:


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29 September 2020

COVID-19: Parliament approves temporary relief measures to support rail sector


Parliament backed on Thursday a regulation that will allow removing, postponing or lowering charges for accessing rail infrastructure during COVID-19 pandemic.

Parliament adopted the new rules under urgent procedure with 678 votes in favour, three against and five abstentions.
The temporary measures will help to mitigate the consequences of the crisis by introducing the possibility for Member States to authorise infrastructure managers to reduce, waive or defer the payment of the charges for accessing railway infrastructure, in accordance to the market segment. The rules cover also refunds by Member States to infrastructure managers and adjustment of the network statement, as well as mark-ups and reservation charges.The temporary rules cover the period from 1 March 2020 until 31 December 2020, with a possibility to extend the duration by Commission delegated acts.


Next steps


The amendments adopted by the Parliament correspond fully to the Council’s position. The Council will now have to formally adopt its first reading position. The regulation will enter into force the day after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.


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22 September 2020

Why cities must make more of their rivers


Paris is alive again after France’s national return to work week, la rentrée. Masks are obligatory but every else continues just as before the pandemic. Looking around you see busy streets and packed offices. The only empty part of the city is the river.

Most cities were originally built on rivers both as a water source - but also as a way to move people and goods around the expanding populated areas, for example, the Seine in Paris and the River Thames in London and a third of New York City’s surface area is water. What were once vibrant hubs for shipping, fishing, and play have been overwhelmed with toxic emissions and outputs from waste pipes - including sewage.

A new trend of converting waterways into play spaces may be about to change our view of rivers. The people of Copenhagen and Zurich can already enjoy a lunchtime dip in the river. In Los Angeles, there are plans to transform the LA river for parkland, cycle paths, and art projects.

Cities also need to reclaim the rivers as transport hubs. As post-COVID environmental concerns push cities to reclaim roads from cars and trucks they will need to shift traffic back to the river. This time using quiet and clean electric ferries, barges, and cargo ships.

This year has seen a record rise in digital shopping, with consultancy McKinsey saying: ‘US consumers report an intent to shop online even after the Covid-19 crisis.’ A new Thames barge could replace 44 large trucks and even without being electrically powered, uses less energy per ton. Delivery companies could then utilise electric cargo bikes for the last mile. Amsterdam has already implemented a similar scheme.

Original article first published 3 September 2020 by Simon Kuper

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