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5th SUMP Award: European Commission to award sustainable urban mobility ‘champions’

The European Commission launched today a call for applications for this year’s award for sustainable urban mobility planning. Local and regional authorities that have been exceptionally successful in integrating freight in the development and/or implementation of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) will be recognised.

The award acknowledges European towns and cities that have developed a mobility plan meeting the diverse transport needs of people and businesses, while increasing quality of life. This year's award focuses on freight in sustainable urban mobility planning. The economic dimension of this year’s theme is in line with the main topic of the 2016 EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK (‘Smart and sustainable mobility – an investment for Europe’), under which the award is organised.

Local and regional public authorities from the European Union’s 28 Member States and the European Economic Area that have already developed or are in the process of creating their sustainable urban mobility plans are eligible to apply. The winner will receive a professional video clip showcasing their efforts to include freight in the local transport systems, which they will be able to use to promote their sustainable activities.

A special webinar is also taking place today (2.00 to 3.00 pm) to explain the rationale of the award, the selection criteria and the application process. For more information and to join the webinar, click here.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 28 October. A jury of European experts in the field of urban freight transport and representatives from the European Commission will shortlist up to 10 towns and cities, including the three finalists, which will be selected for their outstanding achievements in integrating freight into their SUMPs. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony which will take place in spring 2017 in Brussels with the participation of all finalists. For more information, visit the campaign website.

Background information:

Last year's SUMP Award attracted applications from 10 countries. The winner was Malmö (Sweden) which received particular praise for its commitment to creating a multimodal transport network, making it easier to complete journeys sustainably. By planning a tram network, encouraging walking and developing cycling programmes, the city successfully promoted sustainable and healthier ways of travelling, for both people and goods. The other finalists for the 4th SUMP Award were Utrecht (The Netherlands) and Vienna (Austria).

You can watch a video of last year’s winner, Malmö (Sweden), and a video of the 2014 winner, Bremen (Germany), below.

Each year the SUMP Award focuses on a different dimension of urban mobility planning. In 2013, the jury was looking for examples of especially successful territorial and policy integration. The 2014 Award focused on the monitoring of SUMP implementation, while the 2015 edition rewarded excellence in providing solutions for multimodality and intermodality.

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