The Political Advisory Committee (PAC) is a small group of leading and highly motivated politicians that acts as the steering group of the CIVITAS initiative and network of cities. Members participate in their personal capacity.
The main activities PAC members are responsible for are:
- Delivering policy recommendations;
- Reinforcing the liaison between the EC and the CIVITAS network of cities as well as the CIVINET national and regional networks;
- Choosing the city host for the yearly CIVITAS Conference among the candidate cities and providing input for the agenda of the Conference;
- Taking part in key CIVITAS activities such as study tours, peer reviews and thematic working groups.
- Ensuring and strengthening the involvement of local Politicians from CIVITAS cities in the CIVITAS activities
Any politician of a CIVITAS city may apply to serve as a PAC member. Politicians of non-CIVITAS cities may also apply but will need to seriously consider the application of their city to join the CIVITAS network, which is free-of-charge. The Chair of the PAC may serve a maximum of one mandate (two years).
Every two years, a call for interest is launched and the new PAC is formed. PAC members are ultimately appointed by the EC, based on general criteria such as geographical representativeness and on the candidates' experience and interest in urban mobility. The EC expects a strong and active commitment from all PAC members.
PAC members meet three times a year, one of which at the yearly Conference. The PAC is supported in its work by a specific secretariat.
As a result of the 2015 call for new members, the current PAC was constituted in July 2015 and will serve until summer 2017. The list of the 13 members can be viewed here.
For the next PAC, the EC will strictly limit the number of members to a maximum of 15.
PAC MEMBERS' TESTIMONIALS
Sandor Nagy, PAC Chair for the Mandate 2013-2015
CIVITAS is about connecting cities, institutions and people. Being a member of the PAC provided an insight into the processes of urban transport policy making both at the European and the urban level and gave insight into the workings of institutions dealing with this problem at these levels. And it also let me know people, who had the practical experience trying to solve the same problems we face every day in my hometown. Policy and practical knowledge is what I acquired during my membership in the PAC."
Helena Hecimovich, PAC Member for the Mandate 2013-2015
“I had the honour of participating in the work of CIVITAS PAC in the mandate 2013-2015. My decision to join PAC was supported by my own city, Koprivnica, as well as the partners in the project CIVITAS DYN@MO.
The main reason to apply for this task was to get a more thorough view of the way in which European Commission approached challenges of urban transport and mobility and have an opportunity to express my opinion concerning these important matters. Strengthening the position of CIVITAS Initiative and providing a voice in the urban mobility arena through the PAC was an opportunity I have felt grateful for.
I greatly appreciated the encouraging atmosphere of PAC meeting and I would sincerely encourage all local politicians interested in urban mobility and transport to apply for PAC membership”.
Ian Dawey, PAC Member for the Mandate 2013-2015
“I applied to join the PAC to get closer to and learn more about European transport policy making and to exert influence on that where I was able. I also wanted to extend my involvement in Civitas beyond attending the yearly conference. Being involved in the PAC has enabled me to do both and most importantly for me to develop real friendships with and to learn from Politicians and transport practitioners from across Europe. I would thoroughly recommend it to others”.
Steen Moller, PAC Member for the Mandate 2013-2015
“As PAC-member I am part of a strong European network where we can exchange experience between our cities and with the European Commission. Learning from others as we do in Civitas is valuable for me in my political work which includes the large scale physical transformation of Odense that demands new mobility solutions. Through our work in PAC we are able to make Civitas even more relevant for politicians all over Europe. I will strongly urge colleagues with the same interests to consider running for the PAC."
The most important part of the work of the PAC i.e. the policy recommendations usually take the form of notes called “PAC Statements”. They contribute to the policy development work of policy-makers in the field of urban mobility and to the strategic direction of the CIVITAS initiative. PAC statements are directed towards policy-makers at the European but also national and local levels, and can also inspire industry, transport operators and other stakeholders
In 2011, two PAC Statements were completed. One is entitled: “The Future of Research and Demonstration within CIVITAS” while the second contains the PAC's view on “The Future of Transport,” within the context of the EC’s 2011 White Paper on Transport.
In 2012, another PAC Statement was completed in response to the EU’s call for opinion regarding "The Future Development of the Urban Dimension of Transport". The statement can be downloaded here. The PAC’s response pays considerable attention to the initiatives on integrated urban mobility as put forward in the Transport White Paper, including sustainable urban mobility plans, access restriction schemes and urban logistics.
Another Statement was issued in 2013 responding to the launch of the Clean Power for Transport Package. PAC members supported the adoption of the initiative, stating that it will contribute to solving local, regional, national and European issues in urban mobility. The statement can be downloaded here.
Another Statement, from 2014, was prepared in response to the Urban Mobility Package 2013. The document can be downloaded here.
The most recent Statement was published in September 2016, about the importance of the CIVINETs Networks and the cooperation with EC. The Statement is available here.
For any further questions concerning the PAC, please contact its Secretary.
Mr. Nicolas Hauw
Rue du Trône, 98
B - 1050, Brussels