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Cities and Regions for Sustainable Transport

“My city … Your city … Our cities together. Cities are playing an increasingly pivotal role in Europe. In particular, cities which dare to invest in an integrated approach to mobility, air quality, economic development and health are vital. This also includes actively bridging the gap between government and industry, between public and private initiatives. With Polis, we would like to prioritise three themes in the coming year, where we have a lot of knowledge and experience to share, and that we would like to develop further with you: active investment in clean vehicles, optimised urban logistics, and the use of Intelligent Transport Systems. Let us continue to explore and experience them together!”

Pex Langenberg, Vice Major for mobility, sustainability and culture of Rotterdam, Polis President 2016

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Polis is a network of European cities and regions working together to develop innovative technologies and policies for local transport.

Since 1989, European local and regional authorities have been working together within Polis to promote sustainable mobility through the deployment of innovative transport solutions.

Our aim is to improve local transport through integrated strategies that address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of transport. To this end, Polis supports the exchange of experiences and the transfer of knowledge between European local and regional authorities. It also facilitates the dialogue between local and regional authorities and other actors of the sector such as industry, research centres and universities, and NGOs.

Polis fosters cooperation and partnerships across Europe with the aim of making research and innovation in transport accessible to cities and regions. The network and its secretariat actively support the participation of Polis members in European projects. Polis participation in European projects allows us to create a framework which facilitates dialogue and exchange between local authorities and the transport research community.

In Polis, decision makers are provided with the necessary information and tools for making sustainable mobility a reality. Within the Political Group of Polis, they formulate recommendations to the European institutions.

Four thematic pillars

The activities of Polis are organised around four thematic pillars:

Polis members meet regularly in working groups organised in the framework of these pillars.

The network is chaired by Rotterdam in 2016 and has a permanent secretariat located in Brussels.

Polis brochure

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