Small and Medium-Sized Cities Platform

The Small and Medium-Sized Cities (SMC) platform aims to raise the profile of Small and Medium-sized Cities in the EU as living laboratories for transport innovation.

Due to their size, small and medium-sized cities offer an ideal ground for testing and implementing new transport technologies and services that are crucial to solve the most pressing mobility challenges.

Within the POLIS SMC platform, small and medium-sized cities discuss mobility governance issues that are specific to their size and shape. Through the SMC platform, POLIS aims to raise the profile of smaller cities in the EU as living laboratories for transport innovation. The platform calls upon SMCs to cooperate and exchange knowledge and experiences on a wide range of governance topics.

SMC Ambassadors Initiative

A political dimension was added to the SMC platform by the initiative of SMC Chair Emmen. The SMC Ambassadors Initiative was launched at the 2019 POLIS conference’s Political Group lunch meeting, inviting political representatives from SMCs to endorse the objectives of the SMC Platform by signing a declaration. It called upon the SMCs to cooperate and exchange knowledge and experiences on the above-mentioned priority topics.

More cities are invited to join the platform as SMC and become the ambassadors of the platform! Click here to find out more.

The topics being discussed by this Working Group are: 

  • Deployment: matchmaking between SMCs to share knowledge & best practices on new urban mobility solutions for SMCs and their surroundings;
  • Promotion: using POLIS to promote SMC accomplishments and innovations to other cities to position SMCs to the outside world as excellent living labs for innovation;
  • Challenges: discussing common challenges inherent and specific to small and medium-sized cities.



Bologna, is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy). With a population of around 375,000, the POLIS member has adopted their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) to make the city more accessible and sustainable by 2030, inreasing the share for walking, cycling, public transport. 

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For further information

For further information please contact Isobel Duxfield