The official kick-off meeting of the CIVITAS project 2MOVE2 successfully took place on Janu-ary 31 and February 1 in Stuttgart City Hall.
Gathered 25 participants from the four participating cities Brno (Czech Republic), Tel-Aviv (Israel), Malaga (Spain), and the host, Stuttgart (Germany). The Technion Institute (Israel), the public transport company of Brno DPMB, the German company SSP Consult and the University of Stuttgart complete the consortium. Representatives from the CIVITAS projects DYNAMO and WIKI also joined the kick-off meeting in order to present their activities within the CIVITAS PLUS II program. The kick-off meeting marked the starting point of 2MOVE2 on the technical level enabling personal exchange among the participants and the discussion of the first milestones and outputs of the project. A site visit to the Integrated Traffic Management Centre of Stuttgart was organized before the kick-off on January 30. The political kick-off meeting will be held on 18 June 2013 in the city of Stuttgart. Most of the partners already maintain fruitful relations between each other; some have cooperated closely together in European projects, including CIVITAS Caravel and URB-AL. This constitutes a solid basis for the next four years of work in 2MOVE2 and it gives these cities the opportunity to strengthen their relations in the long term. Dr. Martin Schairer, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Order of Stuttgart, welcomed the project participants to Stuttgart on the first day and wished the project a successful cooperation and development also in view of the CIVITAS family. A short introduction round among the participants followed as well as an overview on the CIVITAS PLUS II programme and the 2MOVE2 project by the project coordinator, Wolfgang Forderer. The four cities briefly presented their cities from the perspective of urban mobility. The European Commission was represented by Project Officer Vincent Leiner (DG MOVE) who underlined the importance that cities not only shall report on what went well and according to plan, but also what went wrong and why. He also stressed the importance that results of the measures have to be largely disseminated to other European cities as well as to stakeholders from politics, research and development and society in general. Strong focus is laid in 2MOVE2 on the so called “Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans” (SUMPs). The corresponding work package is led by the University of Stuttgart. The main aim is to implement new measures, which help the cities towards more sustainable transport and mobility systems. Stuttgart and Brno as already experienced CIVITAS cities will revise and improve their existing urban transport plans towards sustainable urban mobility plans, while Malaga and Tel Aviv will develop their SUMPS. On the second day of the kick-off meeting, the partners started to discuss the preparation of the political kick-off meeting (18 June) and they exchanged in two parallel workshops their views and expectations related to dissemination and evaluation. Don Guikink, Teije Gorris and Akrivi Vivian Kiousi (WIKI) gave an overview on the CIVITAS context and WIKI project, which is a support action for CIVITAS PLUS II with regard to evaluation, exploitation and further dissemination of CIVITAS results. On this occasion Don Guikink and Wolfgang Forderer signed the Memorandum of Understanding which describes and regulates the cooperation between 2MOVE2 and WIKI. The kick-off concluded with a description of the main financial and management issues of 2MOVE2.
Author: Wolfgang Forderer