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Germany prepares for EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2016

19 April 2016

Germany kicked off preparations for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2016 in the country with a national launch event on 14 and 15 April. The event was hosted by the German Environment Agency (UBA), which is the new national coordinating organisation for Germany. During the event, local and national coordinators from Austria, Germany and Luxembourg came together to share ideas and experiences on ensuring a successful EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK.

UBA’s Head of Environment and Transport Section, Katrin Dziekan, brought some philosophical aspects to the table by asking, “how do we go about achieving real sustainable urban mobility in towns and cities?” Germany’s new National Coordinator Claudia Kiso facilitated brainstorming rounds on how to realise campaign actions and define ideal permanent measures relating to this year’s call to action: Smart Mobility. Strong Economy.

Jerome Simpson, responsible for engagement and outreach for the campaign, said of the event, “I am absolutely delighted with the response shown by so many key transport players from across Germany, following the enthusiasm shown by UBA to take on the role of National Coordinator. This is the perfect start to the 2016 campaign for Germany and I can’t wait to see the registrations rolling in.”

The event was attended by German federal ministries, non-governmental organisations, city and public transport representatives and the European Commission. Participants made clear their support and commitment to this year’s campaign, while also highlighting the importance of SUMPs and sustainable urban mobility planning. In Leipzig-Gohlis, local citizen's initiative Gegen Schall und Rauch are already eagerly awaiting the entry of their city in this year’s campaign. Groups such as these or others like schools or companies can also register their own sustainable mobility activities that take place outside of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK as a MOBILITYACTION.

For more information about the event (in German) click here.