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Civitas Awards

Europe's highest award for clean urban transport

CIVITAS Award winners 2016: Rzeszów (Poland), Bologna (Italy) together with the ECC’s Cities for Public participationMalaga (Spain), Krakow (Poland) 

About the CIVITAS Awards

The CIVITAS Awards are an opportunity to highlight the most ambitious, innovative and successful efforts in the field of sustainable urban mobility. Winners are showcased as examples of excellence before the press with the hope that they can guide and stimulate cities throughout Europe in the pursuit of sustainable mobility.

This year, outstanding CIVITAS Forum member cities can apply to be considered for the following four prestigious titles:

  • The "Bold Measure" Award for a daring and innovative approach that has not been widely implemented yet and positions the city as pioneer in certain thematic categories;
  • The “Take Up” Award for innovative sustainable urban mobility measures that have been successfully transferred from one city to another;

  • The “CIVITAS Legacy” Award for a city that has successfully translated their inspiring and committed involvement in CIVITAS into long-term implementation of innovative measures with a high impact;

  • The “Transformations” Award for significant transformation and progress towards a liveable and smarter city through an integrated set of mobility measures.

Award-winning activities are showcased as examples of excellence and promoted to the press, inspiring other cities for the further development of sustainable mobility initiatives in Europe.

In addition, the winning cities of each category benefit from the following:

  • Formal acknowledgement letter signed by the European Commission, recognising the city’s commitment to the objective of a cleaner and more sustainable public transport in Europe;
  • Visibility on the CIVITAS website and promotional material;
  • Pan-European media coverage;
  • Invitation to conferences and workshops organised by DG MOVE on sustainable mobility

The prizes


Custom trophy and letter of acknowledgement    

Winners will receive a trophy as well as a formal acknowledgement letter signed by the European Commission, recognising your city’s commitment to cleaner, more sustainable public transport.



Pan-European visibility

Your city will be showcased on the CIVITAS website and promotional material, and receive pan-European media coverage. 



Invitation to EC conferences

You will have the opportunity to attend EC conference and workshops organised by DG MOVE on sustainable mobility.



CIVITAS Awards 2017: applications are now open and can be submitted until 11 August! Application forms are available below.

Application forms

"Bold Measure" Award

“Take Up” Award

“CIVITAS Legacy” Award

“Transformations” Award

The Jury Members

Permanent Jury Members

Milena Marega
Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Slovenia

After graduation on the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana, Milena Marega was working for ten years as a free-lance architect on architectural, spatial planning and design projects. Her interest on environmental issues leaded her to get involved in several research projects dealing with environmental protection and sustainable development. She coordinated the team of experts working on environmental education, sustainable consumption and ecology-sound architecture. From 1993, when she retired, and until February 2013, Milena Marega was acting as the director of the REC - Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Country Office Slovenia. She was coordinating the REC Country Office’s activities and managed projects dealing with environmental protection, sustainable mobility, spatial planning, protected area management, project cycle management and evaluation, and grant schemes management. Her special interest has been public participation in decision-making process, in policy-making and in planning, also in sustainable mobility. She has been involved in several national and international projects that aimed to strengthen the involvement of stakeholders and citizens in preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs and projects. Actually she is acting as a part-time project manager in the REC-Slovenia.

Professor Greg Marsden
PhD, Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds

Greg is Professor of Transport Governance and Director of the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. His research interests relate to understanding decision-making processes within local and national government, issues of governance and acceptability. He is currently working on issues relating to carbon governance, disruptions and energy demand reduction. He is a member of the Independent Transport Commission and has acted as specialist adviser to the UK Parliamentary Transport scrutiny committee. Much of his research work engages directly with local authority transport planners and he has been involved in the design and evaluation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans in the UK and the development of guidance for European cities.

Susana Val
Associate Research Professor and Transport Research Group Manager at Zaragoza Logistics Center

Susana Val is Associate Research Professor and Transport Research Group Manager at Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC), a research and educational center of excellence that is part of the MIT Global Scale Network. She holds a PhD and MSc degree in Industrial Engineering by the University of Zaragoza (Spain). Furthermore, she also studied the Master of Engineering and Logistics at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as a visiting student.

Her current research activities are city logistics and urban distribution; in particular best practices, new policies development, innovations and modeling of urban areas for goods distribution. She is involved in European projects in the field, such as SOLUTIONS and, at local level is quite concerned about the innovative measures for freight distribution in the city of Zaragoza; a proof of this is the agreement between the Municipality and the ZLC to develop projects related to this topic. This fruitful cooperation led to the Diagnosis of the city of Zaragoza in terms of Urban Logistics, the design of pilots for urban freight distribution and the involvement of the city in several H2020 proposals.

Rotating Jury Members

Alessandro Meggiato
Representative of Reggio Emilia – CIVITAS Award Winner “City of the year” 2015

Architect, expert in transport, mobility, land use and traffic planning, Alessandro Meggiato is Mobility Policies Department Manager of the City of Reggio Emilia. Former assistant professor in transport and land use planning at IUAV (University of Venice) for four years and advisor for transport and mobility for many Italian Municipalities, Alessandro started working at the Municipality of Reggio Emilia as Head of the Mobility Policies Department 7 years ago. Coordinator for the realization of the Urban Mobility Plan in 2008 and with a wide experience of mobility and transport at European level, Alessandro is the responsible for the planning and management of the transport policies of the City. Committed in promoting a holistic approach to urban mobility, keywords of his expertise are transport innovation and re-design of the public space, essentials to making European cities more attractive, more competitive, more accessible and better functioning places to live and work in.

Marcin Wolek
Representative of the City of Gdynia – CIVITAS Forum conference Host City 2016

Dr Marcin Wolek works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Transportation Market at The University of Gdańsk since 1997. He also is councilor of Gdynia City Council since 1998. He managed the TROLLEY and the TIDE project within the University of Gdańsk and currently is involved in CIVITAS DYNAMO and ELIPTIC projects. His scientific research focuses on sustainable mobility, passenger railway transport and market research of the transport market. He is an experienced free-lancer cooperating with Polish and international companies and others scientific organisations.


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More Information

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