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The European Union Ministers of Transport and Secretaries of State in charge of Transport met in Luxembourg on 7 October 2015 for an informal meeting devoted entirely to cycling as a method of transport.
"An important political step in promoting cycling at the European level was achieved last Wednesday at the Informal Meeting of the EU Transport Ministers under the Luxembourg Presidency, as a Declaration on cycling as a climate friendly transport mode was adopted" said Mr. Christian Schweizer, Technical Officer, Transport and Health at the WHO Regional Office for Europe who attended the event in presenting the case for a strong link between public health and active mobility.
In their declaration, the participants agreed on several concrete recommendations:
"The declaration was fully supported by the Council" continues Mr. Schweizer, "including strong positive statements from Ministers and State Secretaries from the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Finland, United Kingdom, Croatia, Poland, Austria, Cyprus, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Latvia and Greece.
The full text of the Declaration can be found here.