InfoPolis #176
November 2017

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Dear members,

in less than two weeks we will get together with most of you in Brussels for our annual members meeting (AGA) and the 2017 Polis Conference! The annual assembly is a very important moment for all members to have a say on the network's priorities for 2018, and also to elect the new Polis president and management committee members. Don’t miss this opportunity to co-create the 2018 Polis agenda with other members and the secretariat, so make sure to register for the AGA as well the conference!

The registration deadline for both the AGA on 5 December and the Conference on 6-7 December is 25 November.

If an elected official of your city or region would like to take part in the political activities around the AGA and conference, please let us know, as we have developed a dedicated and appealing political programme for them!

Please login to the Polis website as a member to access all information addressed to Polis members only (green headlines). If you do not remember your login details, don’t hesitate to contact us.

For now I wish you a pleasant read.

Kind regards,
Karen Vancluysen
Secretary General


Hotel booking for 2017 Polis Conference

If you encounter difficulties to still book a reasonably prized hotel for your stay in Brussels during the Polis Conference, we suggest to also consider holiday oriented portals such as www.homeaway.com.

Polis members contributed to Velocitta conference

Polis members Manchester, Paris and Barcelona shared experiences with Rome and European cities at the 2nd International Velocittà conference in Rome on 16 November. http://velo-citta.eu/

Polis invited to workshop on the potential of blockchain for MaaS

Polis Secretary General Karen Vancluysen participated as invited expert to the closed workshop, organised by the International Transport Forum at the OECD on 8-9 November at MIT in Cambridge.

Polis spoke at annual Transportation Summit in Toronto

Karen Vancluysen was invited to share Polis members’ best practice in the field of urban and regional transport at the annual Transportation Summit organised by the Toronto region’s Board of Trade. More information.


Click here to view a list of all upcoming events.

Polis Network News

Registration open for Polis-ITF joint road safety workshop

Polis and the "Safer City Streets" initiative of the the International Transport Forum organise a joint workshop on road safety on 7 and 8 December in Brussels. The event is entitled "From Safety Data to Safer City Streets" and organised back to back to this year’s Annual Polis Conference. Registration is possible until 27 November.

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Last week to register for 2017 Polis Conference

The 2017 Polis Conference, 6-7 December 2017, is less than two weeks away and will be full of opportunities to meet peers, find inspiration and learn about the latest urban transport innovations. Register until 25 November!

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Members in action

High turnout at successful workshop "Regions & cities as agents of change for sustainable urban freight transport"

In this session of the #EURegionsWeek 2017, held on October 11, 2017 and attended by around 80 delegates, local authorities and private companies, with the support of Polis and ERRIN, presented the solutions implemented at local level to tackle urban freight transport issues.

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Paris leads the way to combat air pollution and launches GUAPO: Global Urban Air Pollution Observatory

City of Paris launched GUAPO (Global Urban Air Pollution Observatory) as a side event to the Clean Air Forum organised by the European Commission on 16 November 2017.

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Innovative solutions for green driver assistance: San Sebastián and Madrid demo showcase

The EBSF_2 San Sebastián and Madrid demonstration team invites you to the demo event taking place in San Sebastián on Wednesday 29 November starting at 9:00am. The event takes place at the San Sebastián City Council located on Ijentea Street 1, 20003 San Sebastián, Spain and is hosted by CEIT.

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European projects

INCLUSION: a new H2020 project on accessible and inclusive public transport

On 5 October 2017, the new H2020 INCLUSION project kicked off in Genoa, Italy. The project aims at assessing and evaluating the accessibility and inclusiveness of transport solutions across European prioritised areas.

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How do decision makers think about and approach congestion reduction in their cities?

To find the answer to this question, the FLOW project has launched a survey aimed at decision makers in transport policy from the city, regional, national and European levels.

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Innovative Solutions for Urban Freight Transport and Environment in the Circular Economy Era - 20 October 2017, Rome

The CITYLAB (City Logistics in Living Laboratories) consortium (www.citylab-project.eu) and partners from Rome ran a Symposium bringing together cities and stakeholders to exchange knowledge and experience in urban forward and reverse logistics management.

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NOVELOG project: workshops on micro-consolidation and other solutions for urban logistics

Last October, the NOVELOG project (New Cooperative Business Models and Guidance for Sustainable City Logistics), organised 2 workshops in Mechelen and Brussels, to present and discuss the preliminary results of its pilots and case studies.

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CIVITAS Urban Freight Conference - 23-24 April 2018, Brussels

Continuing on the cooperation line drawn up so far, the four CIVITAS Urban Freight projects, CITYLAB, NOVELOG, SUCCESS, U-TURN, have agreed to organise a joint final conference, to deliver a rich and consistent set of results on freight distribution and service trips.

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News from the institutions

Polis contributed to MaaS session at EC Digital Transport Days

Polis took part in the MaaS session at the EC’s Digital Transport Days in Tallinn on 11 November 2017, both to present the Polis paper on MaaS and to moderate the panel discussion. The event, organised by the EC in the context of the Estonian presidency of the EU, was the first of its kind dedicated to the digitisation of the transport system.

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European Parliament demands higher safety standards for new cars, vans and lorries

In preparation of the upcoming revision of the EU's General Safety Regulation (GSR), the European Parliament has adopted a report calling for higher safety standars. The European Parliament says all new cars sold in Europe should be fitted as standard with a range of life-saving technologies including automated emergency braking, intelligent speed assistance and seatbelt reminders in all seats.

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New actions of the EIP-SCC Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster

Are you interested in smart mobility? Would you like to know more about 6 European initiatives that roll out new, smarter and sustainable solutions in European cities? The EIP-SCC Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster (EIP-SCC SUM AC) invites you to a webinar taking place online on 05th December 2017, from 11:00 to 12:45 CET.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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Around Europe and beyond

EU Green Week 2018 - Call for partner events

DG Environment of the European Commission has announced the dates for the EU Green Week 2018, which will take place from 21 to 25 May 2018. The theme will be Green cities for a greener future.

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ECOMM2018 call for presentations open - deadline 10 December

The Municipality of Uppsala, the Uppsala County Council and Uppsala University together with EPOMM proudly announce the opening of the Call for Presentations for the 22nd European Conference on Mobility Management – ECOMM 2018, which will take place in Uppsala, Sweden on the 30th of May to 1st June 2018.

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