InfoPolis #166
May 2017

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Dear members,

First of all I would like to convey our deepest sympathy to Polis member Manchester, following the horrible terrorist attack last Monday. Our thoughts are with the city and its citizens and we wish them a lot of strength and resilience in recovering from this tragedy.

Don’t forget to register for our next Working Group meeting on clean vehicles and fuels which will take place on Wednesday 7th of June in Rotterdam, in conjunction with a joint workshop of the ZEEUS (electric buses) and ELIPTIC (electrification of public transport) projects on the same day, and a Rotterdam electromobility site visit the day after. Funds to cover travel costs are available!

Last but not least, please note that you only have a few days left to respond to our call for speakers for this year’s Polis conference on 6 and 7 December in Brussels. The call is open until 29th May. We look forward to receiving many proposals from your side to showcase your urban transport innovations at our annual highlight event!

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For now, I wish you a pleasant read.

Kind regards,
Karen Vancluysen


Polis presented at 1st Italian SUMP Conference

Polis' Giacomo Lozzi presented Polis, the EU SUMP Award, SUMPs-Up and NOVELOG on 19 May. More information (in Italian).

Polis discussed research priorities for climate change mitigation in the transport sector in Washington DC

Karen Vancluysen was among 25 invited European experts to last week's conference, organised in the framework of a cooperation agreement between the EC DG MOVE and Research and the US Department of Transport/Transportation Research Board.

Last days to submit abstract for 2017 Polis Conference

The call for speakers is open until next Monday, 29 May. Members are encouraged to send us abstracts: www.polisnetwork.eu/2017conference


Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.

Polis Network News

Polis members sharing experience on MaaS and AV developments

Some 25 Polis members attended the meeting of the Polis Traffic Efficiency & Mobility Working Group on 19 May to share views and experiences on the two topical themes of Mobility as a Services/MaaS and automated vehicle developments.

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Open letter to EU Institutions: Call on the EU to support long-term investments

Polis, CEMR and EUROCITIES - representing local and regional governments from all over Europe - have sent an open letter to call on the EU institutions for more flexibility on long-term public investments at local level.

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Polis along with industry and NGOs call for urgent action on vehicle safety standards

PRESS RELEASE: Polis co-signed a letter that was sent to the European Commission yesterday, in which we call to urgently bring forward new minimum safety standards for new cars, vans and trucks, after years of delays.

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Members in action

Polis member Dresden will host the EBSF_2 project demonstration event on 21 June 2017

The European Bus System of the Future 2 (EBSF_2) project will hold its Demonstration Event on 21 June 2017 in Dresden (Polis member), Germany. The project will discuss the potential of modular bus solutions. The event will be hosted by the local demonstration leader, Fraunhofer IVI, in collaboration with the demo partner HÜBNER.

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European projects

European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) Action Cluster Meetings: 20 June 2017, Brussels

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) - an initiative supported by the European Commission bringing together cities, industry, SMEs, banks, research and other smart city actors - is organising its next action clusters meeting in Brussels on 20 June.

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Joint Declaration of Intent for electric freight vehicles: Join the initiative

Polis supports the joint Declaration of Intent (DoI) for electric freight vehicles developped in the framework of the FREVUE project. In order to accelerate the transition towards zero-emissions, cities, regions and local freight operators can support this initiative and sign the DoI.

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CIVITAS SUMPs-Up call for planning authorities: deadline to apply extended to 7th June 2017

The CIVITAS SUMPs-Up project recently launched its first call for applications for planning authorities to join its Innovation Pilot Pool (IPP). A total of 50 participants with different profiles will be recruited, and all local authorities can apply. Application is open until Wednesday 7th June 2017.

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Electromobility in Europe - Linking EU research & innovation with local expertise & deployment

Polis together with AVERE France, ZeEUS and ELIPTIC, is organising in Rotterdam a workshop and a study visit for local authorities on the theme of electromobility. The event will take place on 7th and 8th June 2017.

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Cities are invited to join the BuyZET City Observer Group

The EU-funded BuyZET project aims to understand and optimise the impact of public procurement activities on transport patterns in cities – and to find innovative and sustainable delivery solutions for goods and services.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

New funds available for ELENA, the European Local Energy Assistance facility

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a new delegation agreement reinforcing the ELENA (European Local Energy Assistance) facility. ELENA provides grant funding to support the preparation of large-scale investment programmes in the area of energy efficiency, distributed renewables, and sustainable urban transport.

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Around Europe and beyond

Registration open for European Road Safety Summer School

Polis along with the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge VSV, ETSC, IMOB and Road Safety GB invite cities to the European Road Safety Summer School 2017. It takes place in Mechelen, Belgium from 28 August to 1 September. Registration is now open.

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