How can cross-border cooperation develop sustainable mobility?
The European Mobility Week ends today, a week to showcase cities' commitments to clean and sustainable urban transport.
This year's theme, ‘Zero-emission mobility for all’, reflects the ambitious objective of the European Green New Deal to become the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050 while promoting an inclusive framework that involves everyone.
But what is European territorial cooperation doing to meet this target? What is currently being done at the regional level to promote sustainable mobility? And how is Interreg helping cross-border areas to become greener?
MobiTour - Interreg V-A Italy-Slovenia 2014-2020
CROSSMOBY (entitled “Crossborder integrated transport planning and intermodal passenger transport services”) and MobiTour (“Sustainable mobility of cross-border coastal and hinterland tourist areas”) are two projects funded by the Interreg V-A Italy-Slovenia Programme 2014-2020, developing sustainable and intermodal means of transport in the cross-border area, such as boats, buses, electric bikes and vehicles…
The main difficulties in introducing new sustainable transports in the Programme area lie in the financial cost, the administrative difficulties, and the lack of connections between the different areas at the cross-border level. In addition, the area attracts many tourists in the summertime and suffers from congested mobility due to the exponential increase in vehicles. The challenge for MobiTour project is “to effectively reduce vehicle emissions by improving urban and sustainable low-carbon mobility in the cross-border area, while at the same time ensuring better access to tourist areas, between the coastal areas and the hinterland”.
CROSSMOBY and MobiTour saw in Interreg an opportunity to overcome those difficulties by creating a partnership able to facilitate the process of an integrated planning and to introduce pilot actions on the field. They involved transport operators and engaged local authorities, to encourage coordinated sustainable planning, and citizens, to stimulate the conscientious use of public transport and electric vehicles.
CROSSMOBY, Interreg V-A Italy-Slovenia 2014-2020
Both projects have put cooperation at the heart of their actions by bringing together key actors on both sides of the border. CROSSMOBY and MobiTour projects also work together, participating in each other's Focus Groups and cooperating within the CAP&COM group of the Interreg V-A Italy-Slovenia Programme 2014-2020, which aims to communicate on sustainable actions and share best practices.
Thanks to the CROSSMOBY project, the cross-border rail passenger services met university students' needs and enabled them to travel throughout Europe and cross by train the border between Italy and Slovenia using a very popular rail pass (Interrail). As to MobiTour, the project has involved more than 300 children between 8 and 10 in awareness raising activities on sustainable mobility, the effects of pollution and traffic emissions on the climate and the importance of individual action in environmental protection.
CROSSMOBY - free service of maritime transports
To learn more about the actions of these projects, you can register by September 27th to the CAM&COM group workshop, entitled “Interreg IT-SI CAP&COM and EU Green Deal” (https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/programme/sessions/1345_en), which will be held during the EU Week of Regions on October 13. You can also join MobiTour at its Final Conference (https://www.facebook.com/MobiTourProject/photos/a.192561434674396/703976743532860/?type=3&theater) on September 22, and CROSSMOBY’s event on September 23 (https://www.facebook.com/events/663889904312612) or follow them on their social networks