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On Monday 25 March in Brussels, European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc presented Bremen (Germany) with the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) Award. Polis members Ghent and Dresden are runners up while Thessaloniki received the "Special Prize of the jury".
Since effective monitoring and evaluation strategies were what the judges based their assessments on, they were especially impressed by Bremen. In particular, the judges appreciated Bremen's ability to keep learning and to communicate these lessons effectively to stakeholders. Town hall meetings and public information booths are used to raise awareness amongst residents.
Dresden has been shortlisted to reward the high quality process to monitor and evaluate its SUMP, which the city has initiated. Dresden is following a highly systematic approach for the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework while making use of European guidance.
Thanks to continuous work during the last 30 years, the Ghent as built up a thorough system of SUMP practice including monitoring and evaluation. With institutions and processes in place, valuable evaluation experience has also been gained through participation in a number of European co-funded projects such as CIVITAS and QUEST, which has supported a continuous learning process through exchanges on successes and failures experienced by other cities.
The jury particularly acknowledged Thessaloniki (Greece) for demonstrating considerable commitment and effort in the field of sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP). The Greek city, which adopted its first SUMP in February 2014, made tremendous efforts in a difficult working environment, towards establishing brand-new procedures for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of its mobility plan.
At the same ceremony, Östersund (Sweden) was presented with the European Mobility Week Award by Karl Falkenberg of the European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment.
The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) Award is presented to local authorities that demonstrate excellence in the given theme. This year the focus was on monitoring and evaluation of both the planning processes and the implementation measures of sustainable urban mobility plans. This year, the SUMP award attracted 17 applications from 10 countries. The SUMP Award jury consisted of specialists in the fields of transport and urban planning: Patrizia Malgieri, TRT (Transporti e Territorio), Aljaž Plevnik, UIRS (Urbanistični inštitut Republike Slovenije), and Susanne Boehler-Baedeker, Rupprecht Consult.
A total of 38 cities from 18 countries applied for the European Mobility Week (EMW) Award. These cities were selected on the basis of a strong link with the 2014 EMW theme of ‘Our streets, our choice’. The EMW Award jury was composed of four independent transport experts - William Todts T&E – Transport & Environment, Robert Pressl, FGM-AMOR (Austrian Mobility Research), Vincent Meerschaert, Traject, Benedicte Swennen, ECF (European Cyclists’ Federation), a representative from DG ENV and a representative from DG MOVE.