Issue #106
October 2014

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Dear members,

I am delighted to welcome three new members to the Polis network: the Dutch city of Helmond, the French region of Brittany, represented by Bretagne Développement Innovation, and Rogaland County Council from Norway! Soon, our new members will be presented in more detail on the Polis website. As usual, contact details will be available once you are logged in as a Polis member.

New as well as long standing Polis members can meet each other at this year's Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Polis Conference, which also marks the network's 25th anniversary, and is kindly hosted from 26 to28 November by Polis President Madrid. I am pleased to invite all Polis members to register up to three delegates free of charge and I encourage all of you to benefit from this excellent networking and learning experience!

Please note that the AGA on 26 November will include a funding and brokerage session in view of the forthcoming calls for proposals that will open on 10 December under the Horizon 2020 Transport Challenge. More information can be found in this newsletter.

Yesterday, the designated European Commissioner for Transport Maros Sefcovic answered the European Parliament's questions on his plans and commitments on transport and space policy. Read more about the hearing in this InfoPolis!

Contact us if you do not know or remember your login details for the Polis website.

I wish you a pleasant read!

Yours sincerely,

Karen Vancluysen
Executive Director


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German legislation on electromobility

The German cabinet adopted legislation on electromobility providing a framework for local and regional authorities to decide, among others, on incentives for electric vehicles. The legislation will be in force starting spring 2015 until 2030. Read the press release (in German).

Polis members: Register now for 2014 Polis Conference!

Polis members are invited to attend this year's Annual Polis Conference (27-28 Nov, Madrid) free of charge for up to 3 representatives per member. Register now online to secure your seat!


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Polis Network News

2014 Polis Conference: Draft programme and registration now open

It is our pleasure to announce the release of the draft programme of the 2014 Annual Polis Conference! Three workshops are organised in conjunction to the conference taking place one day prior to the conference. Registration is now possible online for both the Polis Conference and the workshops.

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Polis Answers DG Regio consultation on the key features of an EU Urban Agenda emphasising the importance of the Urban Mobility Package

On the 18th of July 2014, the European Commission published a Communication on the Urban dimension of EU Policies and launched an open consultation on the same date. Polis answered the consultation that closed on the 26th of September emphasising that Urban Mobility Package communication that puts SUMPs at its heart is a central element of any EU Urban agenda.

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Last Reminder - European Electromobility Plugged-in Events in Rotterdam

In partnership with the European Electromobility Observatory (EEO) and AVERE, the European Association of Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, Polis organises two workshops addressing challenges and opportunity of electric mobility in Europe.

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EPA-Polis workshop: en route for standardised parking solutions!

On 19 September, parking stakeholders met in Lisbon to discuss standardized approaches for on-street parking. Issues discussed were amongst others: an integrated quality framework, license plate based parking strategies and digital parking.

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Polis presented the urban dimension of EU transport policy and city measures to tackle air emissions at FIA working group meeting

Polis was invited by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) at their Transport & Mobility Working Group Meeting on “Car mobility and air quality: Challenges and outlook” to present the role of cities and examples of local measures aimed at reducing urban air pollution from road transport.

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Members in action

Catalonia launches two new travel cards

The Government of Catalonia has just launched two new travel cards, opening up the regional Integrated Fare System to a larger part of the population.

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Madrid goes stricter into limiting car access

As of January 2015, Madrid extends its access restrictions, doubling the surface subject to access fees.

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Bologna launches DegustiBus: what do passengers really think about public transport?

DegustiBus is a responsive website accessible from smartphones, tablets and desktop (a so called web-app) where PT users can rate the public transport service in their city/county/region.

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Multimodal journey planner in Barcelona and Catalonia

The government of Catalonia released a new enhanced version of the journey planner Mou-te.

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European projects

German, Spanish and European conferences on urban traffic management systems and ITS

As the POSSE project enters the final stretch, a number of conferences will be held around Europe to show the findings of this INTERREG IVC project.

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CIVITAS Activity Fund opens its second call - deadline 31 October

CIVITAS CAPITAL opened its second call for applications to the Activity Fund on 19 September 2014. A total of EUR80.000 is available in the competitive call, for co-funding of measures designed to support the take-up of sustainable urban mobility measures in Europe.

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News from the institutions

EU Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan Award for cities open for applications!

The European Commission has opened the 3rd annual edition of the EU’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan SUMP) Award. Applications are currently being accepted from cities and regions for the award of EUR 10 000 at dotherightmix.eu.

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Transport Committee auditions Transport Commissioner nominee Maros Sefcovic

Last night, on the 30th of September the Transport committee in the European Parlaiment auditioned the Slovak Maros Sefcovic who has been nominated for Transport and Space in the Junker Commission. The Members of the Committee were enthralled with the nominee.

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Funding opportunities and partner search

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Around Europe and beyond

Transport Ticketing Conference focusing on Central and Eastern Europe

Taking place every January in London, the Tansport Ticketing Conference for the first time organises a Central and Eastern Europe edition on 8-9 October 2014 in Warsaw. Polis members have free/reduced entrance.

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