The European association Polis and the Romanian Union of Public Transport URTP, have jointly organized a European Seminar on local and regional transport in EU candidate countries. Representatives from European institutions, pioneering cities, inter alia the CIVITAS I city of Bucharest and the CIVITAS II cities of Ploiesti and Suceava as well as transport professionals from across Europe are expected to contribute. The event will be held in Bucharest on 23 November 2006.
This Seminar will offer all cities and transport operators a unique opportunity to listen to the latest information about European funding opportunities for urban transport projects and sustainable urban transport planning. The purpose of this seminar is to present existing and future opportunities for urban transport projects offered by the European Commission Programmes and to overview the state of the art in sustainable urban transport planning in Europe. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about European urban transport research with a special focus on future opportunities for the new CIVITAS Programme for Romanian cities. The seminar will also include presentations on structural funding for urban transport. One of the main focuses of this seminar bears the headline “EU Research for urban transport”. Within this session a presentation will be given by Ms Maria Alfayate from the Directorate-Generals Energy and Transport (DG TREN) of the European Commission on the 7th Framework Programme and the CIVITAS programme, with a special emphasis on the new CIVITAS call. Mr Florin Dragomir will highlight the benefits and outcomes from the CIVITAS Initiative discovered through Bucharest’s participation within the CIVITAS I project CIVITAS TELLUS. Lecturers from two further Romanian cities, who are involved in the CIVITAS II project, Ms Milena Perpelea from Ploiesti and Mr Dan Dura from Suceava, are presenting the CIVITAS programme from their experience of Romanian cities within the CIVITAS Initiative.Finally a longer session will be devoted to the first findings of the PILOT project on sustainable urban transport planning. Four cities are currently participating in this project, including the city of Braila in Romania. In the framework of the European Thematic Strategy on Urban Environment, the European Commission (DG Environment) has offered its support to the PILOT project since it develops a genuine methodology on the processes for sustainable urban transport planning. The Seminar will unveil the principles for sustainable urban transport planning developed within this project and review the methods of public consultation.You are kindly invited to access herefor more information and registration for the URTP - Polis Seminarfor more information on the forthcoming CIVITAS callfor more information about the European association Polisfor more information about the Romanian Union on Public Transport andfor more information about the PILOT project