The CIVITAS Awards highlight some of the most ambitious, innovative, and successful sustainable urban mobility solutions carried out by cities across Europe. They provide a prime platform for towns and cities and individuals to demonstrate their excellence in the field, both in terms of policy-making and implemented measures, whilst also having their efforts recognised by the European Commission.
This year, 2022, marks the 19th CIVITAS Awards. They provide a platform for towns and cities to demonstrate excellence in sustainable transport, both policymaking and measures, whilst having their efforts recognised by the European Commission.
This year in the context of the European Year of Youth and the newly launched Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Cities Mission, two awards were given out at the Urban Mobility Days 2022:
- CIVITAS Transformation Award, which rewards the use of an integrated set of mobility measures to make a city a smarter and more liveable place for all.
- CIVITAS Young Champion Award, which is for young people actively engaged in activities related to sustainable urban mobility.
The winners of the CIVITAS Awards 2022 are listed below:
CIVITAS Transformation Award
Winner: Rethymno (Greece)
Runners up: Coimbra (Portugal), Municipality of Ioannina (Greece)
To reach its climate goals, the Greek city of Rethymno has, during the last years, introduced a series of wide-ranging measures focused on accessibility, active mobility, inclusive mobility electromobility and changing mobility behaviour to ensure that the transport options are on a true path of transformation.
CIVITAS Young Champion Award
Winner: András Vágány
Since graduating in 2019, András Vágány has been involved through his work at the Centre of Budapest Transport (BKK) in various EU funded research and development projects, and is an active member of the Hungarian CIVINET. Strengthening the connection between the cities is important András explains, in developing Budapest as one of the most sustainable, innovative and liveable cities in Europe.
While presenting the awards, Herald Ruijters, Director, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission made note of the exceptional calibre of work featured among this year’s award winners and applicants:
"The path towards climate neutrality requires a complete transformation in all aspects of how cities work, including mobility. Cities are innovation hubs, and it’s where we need to start if we want to achieve our goal of 100 climate-neutral cities by 2030. Ensuring that young people are front and centre in making this change is key to addressing the future challenges of urban mobility."
Jointly organised by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), and the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Urban Mobility Days provided the perfect platform for recognising their work in the field of sustainable urban mobility.
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