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Polish cities honoured at national EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK workshop

17 December 2018

Polish towns and cities that undertook impressive actions during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2018 were awarded last week at a national workshop held by the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure in Warsaw.

The workshop, which took place from 12 – 13 December, provided a venue to discuss the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2018 campaign in Poland, looking at successes and areas for improvement going forward. Around 30 towns and cities took part.

Hosted by Maria Perkuszewska, the National Coordinator for Poland, the event saw presentations by Sean Carroll of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK European Secretariat, who provided an overview of the campaign in 2018 and Poland’s position within it, and Barbara Adamczyk and Miroslaw Dybowski of DG REGIO, who outlined European Commission measures to encourage the uptake of sustainable forms of transport at city level.

For the first time this year, awards for the best EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK campaign in Poland were presented. The award recipients were announced in four categories. The winners were:

  • Municipality with over 50,000 inhabitants: WROCŁAW
  • Municipality with under 50,000 inhabitants: BOCHNIA
  • Most innovative activity: GDYNIA (for “Escape Trolley”)
  • Most active region: POMORSKIE VOIVODESHIP

Each region was presented with an engraved placard to commemorate their success. Following the prize-giving, the winning towns and cities were invited to present their activities during the week.

The second day of the workshop saw interactive sessions in which the assembled representatives broke into smaller groups to discuss the experience of hosting EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK activities in their town or city. Three parallel workshops focused on target groups, innovative actions and costless solutions for the campaign.

Poland has seen precipitous growth in the number of towns and cities participating in the campaign in recent years, and now ranks fourth in overall participation by country. A total of 160 Polish participants took part in EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK this year, an increase of 55 registered towns and cities from 2017.