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Issue #34
June 2011

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Editorial

Dear members,

After the adoption of the White Paper on the European Transport policy at the beginning of the year, which puts a strong emphasis on the challenge of stimulating and deploying innovation in transport, the European Commission is now actively preparing several initiatives which will shape the future of its innovation policy.

The Common Strategic Framework for EU research and innovation, which will follow the FP7 after 2013 will be adopted by the Commission on the 30th of November 2011. It will afterwards be discussed, amended and adopted by the European Parliament and the Council. Following an initial communication on this topic, the EC has ended a first period of consultation which it follows with direct consultation of key stakeholders. In this framework, Polis has been invited to a stakeholder consultation meeting during this month of June. This is a recognition of the role of our network on innovation.

In parallel, the EC continues its work in preparing the Strategic Transport Technology Plan which is expected to be released in October 2011 and which will also be important in shaping future EU activities on transport and innovation. Polis has submitted a detailed and comprehensive contribution to the EC on this matter some weeks ago.

Finally, the Smartcities initiative is also progressively taking shape at the European level. After having answered the public consultation, Polis has been invited to provide a contribution during the conference on the launch of this initiative by the European Commission on the 21st of June in Brussels, providing us the opportunity to explain the role of transport and mobility in the smart city of tomorrow in Europe.

These initiatives are absorbing an important amount of ressources from our members, which we actively consult, and the secretariat, but are also unique opportunities to participate to the design of the future European policies on transport and innovation. Your contribution and inputs on these topics are very important to help us define our contribution to the EC and secure further support for your local ambitions at the European level for the years to come.

We will, no doubt, have the opportunity to address these issues during several of our upcoming meeting, in particular during our Annual Conference on the 29th and 30th of November and during the meeting with vice-president Kallas for politicians representing our members next 28th of June in Brussels.

Yours sincerely,
Sylvain Haon


QUICK NEWS

Polis Annual Conference: Call for Speakers

For the Polis Annual Conference 2011 the call for speakers is now open! Those interested to speak can submit an abstract until 17 June 2011. More information can be found here.

Presentations of Polis-EPA parking workshop available online

All presentations given at the joint EPA-Polis workshop on the role of parking in Sustainable Urban Transport Plans on 17 May in Stuttgart are available on the Polis website: click here.

Keep Polis updated

All members are highly encouraged to inform Polis about your local news! Simply update us via email about your projects, achievements and plans. We will do our best to spread your news within the Polis network and beyond: polis@polisnetwork.eu.

Calendar

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Polis Network News

Polis Annual Conference 2011: Call for speakers!

Polis & the European Economic and Social Committee invite you to the conference: Innovation in transport for sustainable cities and region. The call for speakers is open until 17 June.

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Members in action

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Prague and Dublin at Momo final conference: What's new in the world of car-sharing?

On 15 September the momo final conference on car-sharing will take place in Brussels and two Polis members will contribute their experiences. At the conference, the project's achievements will be presented as well as what is going on in that field in America and Asia. Also, the 'momorandum' will be released and discussed which is the political conclusions of the project.

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Bilbao wins National Award for Best Project of the Year

Polis would like to congratulate the city of Bilbao, one of its Spanish member cities, which recently received the National Award for Best Project of the Year in the field of freight transport, for its involvement in the European FREILOT project.

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Conference on Budapest’s city branding

Budapest as the capital of the country currently holding the EU presidency, Hungary, organized a conference on 26 May in Brussels in which it presented its city strategy including city branding and image, city Transport and business innovations.

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European projects

CityMobil conference 'Smart mobility for better cities'

The CityMobil project held a successful conference and exhibition in La Rochelle on the deployment of automated systems in the urban environment

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CONDUITS Final Conference on 22 June

The final CONDUITS event is organised jointly with 2DECIDE project 'Towards better ITS decision making and impacts assessment for public authorities'.

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E-learning courses for people implementing cycling policies

PRESTO is a European project which looks a competence building in cycling policies.

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CITEAIR II Final Conference – last chance to register

The CITEAIR II project has developed tools to support the monitoring and management of air quality in cities, and offers solutions to inform citizens on air quality.

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Clean Fuels, Clean Vehicles, Cleaner Cities – last chance to register for conference

Registration is open until 7 June 2011.

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Save the date – Carbon Aware Travel Choice Final Conference 13 December

The CATCH final conference will present work from the project, looking particularly at how to link low carbon transport with other co-benefit areas.

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SMARTFREIGHT project: Final results available now!

The European project SMARTFREIGHT has just come to an end. Final results can now be consulted at the project website.

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News from the institutions

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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Around Europe and beyond

Call for Candidates: Awards for bus operation and coach tourism policy

The bus and coach industry is going to award ambitious action in the promotion of busses and coaches in urban and interurban transport. Candidates for awards can be suggested until 15 June.

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Donald Shoup key note speaker at the 15th EPA Congress

The universally regarded expert on parking policies, the parking prophet, the parking rock star with 79 pages on Google, the UCLA Urban Planning Professor with a PhD in Economics from Yale Dr Donald Shoup will be a key note speaker at the 15th EPA Congress that will take place in Torino, Italy, from the 14th to the 16th September 2011, organized by AIPARK – Italian Parking Association.

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Joint Polis-EMI workshop on the definition of a European research agenda for urban mobility

Workshop by Polis and the European Metropolitan Institute (EMI) on 30 June 2011 in Brussels. The workshop aims to gather the input of local authorities to identify priorities for guiding the future of research on urban mobility in Europe.

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MEMBERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Cycle Design Manual in Dublin: Taking a universal approach to traffic

As in many cities across Europe, Dublin has undergone a large shift in mobility patterns over the past decades. In the 1950s, the bicycle had a large role to play in the city, and all users got along with limited structure to the roads (for example: no traffic lights, and policemen directing at intersections).

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