InfoPolis #138
March 2016

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Dear members,

Time has come to prepare for Horizon 2020 funding opportunities in 2017. We have therefore sent you the 2017 calls briefing document about one week ago. Please share your areas of interest with us so we can match you with emerging consortia that are looking for cities and regions to join project proposals or launch a partner search for you!

Make sure not to miss our upcoming webinars later this month, which will provide you with further details on the H2020 calls and bidding process and will also give you the opportunity to ask questions and share your priorities! Further information can be found in this InfoPolis.

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For now, I wish you a pleasant read!

Yours sincerely,
Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


Innovative Urban Freight Management Systems in Paris

Paris invites to the CITYLAB project Symposium on 26 May 2016, which includes site visits to a logistics hotel and a construction site where consolidation options are being considered. Read more.

Polis TE&M WG meeting took place in London, 4 March 2016

This Working Group meeting on transport efficiency and mobility enjoyed a very good turnout and some interesting discussions. Presentations are available for Polis members here.

VRUITS final conference held in London, 3 March 2016

Presentations and videos shown at this event on vulnerable road user safety and ITS can be download from the following pages: presentations and videos.


Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.

Polis Network News

Looking back at Urban Future 2016

Polis was well represented at Urban Future, Central Europe's biggest conference for sustainable cities, which welcomed over 1500 delegates in Graz on 2-3 March for its 2016 edition.

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Save the date! Polis workshop on the best of Dutch cycling culture, and Environment and Health Working Group meeting on 25-26 April 2016 in Brussels

Polis is organising a workshop featuring our Dutch members as European leaders in cycling on Monday, April 25th. The workshop will be followed by a working group meeting on health and transport on April 26th.

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Members in action

Increase security in public transport: P-REACT Trial in Bologna

Petty Crime incidents such as theft, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour adversely impact the local socioeconomic environment. The P-REACT project trials its surveillance platform to prevent petty crime in public transport in Bologna on 31st of March.

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European projects

Invitation to the General Assembly of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities

High-level speakers, such as the Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, the Vice President of the European Commission and responsible for the European Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic, and the Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz von Haegen, are on the agenda.

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TraPIST project improves multimodal travel: final event 17 March - Izegem

The TraPIST project developed novel means to improve passenger information in a multi-modal travel environment. The goal of this research project was to offer train travelers relevant information proactively, at the right time and through the most appropriate channel.

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Polis hosted workshop on national frameworks of SUMPs

Yesterday, Polis welcomed representatives from the European Comission, EASME, the CIVITAS Advisory Group, Romania, France, the UK and Flanders to assess the role of national frameworks on SUMPs (sustainable urban transport plans). The workshop was organised by Polis in the in the framework of the ENDURANCE project.

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Growsmarter Project: e-update available !

The GrowSmarter project was one of three projects chosen from over 19 submissions in 2014 to receive support from the European Commission’s ‘Smart cities and communities’ Horizon 2020 funding call.

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CIMEC-CODECS C-ITS and cities workshop – London

The first meeting of the CIMEC-CODECS City Pool took place on 3 March 2016 in London. The main points of discussion were city requirements for C-ITS as well as supplier and vehicle manufacturer expectations. The attendance was high: 55 delegates coming from all Europe attended the event.

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News from the institutions

Commission launches public consultation on Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy

The European Commission today launched a public consultation on the development of an Integrated Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy for the Energy Union foreseen for end 2016.

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Save the date: 4th EU Electromobility Stakeholder Forum

The FREVUE and ZeEUS projects, together with the European Commission are glad to invite you the 4th edition of the Forum which will take place in Brussels on the 25-26 of May.

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European Alternative Fuels Observatory - Newsletter available

The European Alternative Fuels Observatory is an European Commission funded initiative which provides open and free information to support Member States with the implementation of EU Directive 2014/94 on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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Around Europe and beyond

Habitat III Regional Meeting to take place in Prague

We invite all our members, partners and transport practitioners to join a mobility side event organized by Polis, UITP and the European Cyclists' Federation in the framework of the United Nations’ Habitat III - Regional Meeting in Prague. Our side event on Sustainable and Clean Mobility for the New Urban Agenda will take place on March 16 between 17:30-19:00 at Meeting Hall IV, Prague Congress Center.

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Outline Agenda available and registration now open: 3rd European Conference on SUMPs, Bremen, 12-13 April 2016

The 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans takes place 12-13 April 2016 in Bremen, Germany and focuses on "Planning the efficient city". An outline Agenda is now available on Eltis.

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The SUMP Self-Assessment Tool now available

Is your mobility plan a genuine Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan? Cities can now find out using the free, online SUMP Self-Assessment Tool available that has been developed within the EU co-funded project CH4LLENGE.

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