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Yesterday, the European Commission has announced the winners of the 2012 European Mobility Week Award and of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans Award. Aberdeen took the top honour in the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans Award ahead of two other finalists: Ljutomer (Slovenia) and Polis member Toulouse (France).
The cities were presented with their awards by European Commissioners Siim Kallas and Janez Potočnik at a joint award ceremony in Brussels, Belgium (Théâtre du Vaudeville) on 6 March. Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport, said: “Aberdeen, the winner of this year's Sustainable Urban Mobility Award, and the other finalists are at the forefront of an EU-wide drive to incorporate sustainability into urban mobility planning. The urban mobility plans devised by cities and local authorities today are crucial to boosting efficiency and competitiveness. In line with the 2012 theme, the finalists boast a strong role for citizens– a key factor in long-term urban planning success.”
Aberdeen, 2012 SUMP Award winner:
Read the full press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-202_en.htm
The annual Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan Award is presented to cities and regions that show excellence in developing and implementing their sustainable urban mobility plans. In its first edition, the thematic focus of the Award was on ‘stakeholder and citizen participation.’ The winning local authority is selected by an expert jury on the basis of the Award’s evaluation and eligibility criteria, and rewarded with EUR 10 000 to support local awareness-raising activities on sustainable urban mobility. The 2012 SUMP Award attracted 29 applications from 12 countries.
The European Mobility Week (EMW) Award scheme rewards the local authority deemed to have done the most in raising public awareness of sustainable mobility issues and implementing measures to achieve a shift towards sustainable urban transport. The winning city is awarded the chance to work with a professional production company to film a three-minute promotional clip highlighting its achievements. Together with the other finalists, the winner is also promoted as an example of best practice. In 2012 the EMW Award saw 30 applications from 15 countries.