Issue #111
December 2014

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Dear members,

I am delighted to welcome two new members to the Polis network: Leuven (BE) and Donostia-San Sebastian (ES) are both dynamic cities with high ambitions for sustainable urban transport. Some of you may have exchanged with their representatives at last month's Polis Conference in Madrid, which allowed a number of new Polis members to engage with the network.

2014 marked Polis' 25th anniversary, which came along with three new position papers, a highly successful Annual Conference attracting members, mayors and ministers, and brought the Polis membership up to 73.

I would like to thank all of you for your energy and committment to the network, as well as for the excellent input and constructive feedback provided at this year's Annual General Assembly! All Polis members, part of the Polis Management Committee or not, can bring the network forward and steer the further development of our activities.

This is the final issue of InfoPolis this year. I wish you a pleasant read and soon a well-deserved Christmas break. We look forward to a continued fruitful cooperation in 2015!

Merry Christmas and all the best for the year to come!

Karen Vancluysen
Executive Director

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Polis Network News

2014 Polis Conference presentations and photos online

We were pleased to welcome 280 participants to last month's 2014 Annual Polis Conference in Madrid! The delegates joined 16 parallel sessions and 2 high-level plenaries. The presentations given as well as photos and interviews are available online now.

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Polis is recruiting a project officer

For its Brussels office, Polis is looking for a project officer that will be employed on a full time short-term contract (12 months with the possibility of an extension).

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Polis' electromobility vision at the 2014 EEVC Congress

The European Electric Vehicle Congress took place from the 2nd to the 5th of December 2014. Polis, together with other Brussels based associations, presented its vision on electromobility.

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Members in action

Bristol secures national innovation funding to progress road transport automation

Polis member, Bristol City Council, is part of the VENTURER consortium that has won £5 million in national funding to develop a national test site for autonomous vehicles.

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European projects

Results of project on open ITS systems presented at conference

Polis hosted the final conference of the POSSE project on 19 November, immediately followed by the final meeting of the POSSE Forum. The conference provided an opportunity for guests to learn about the main findings and outputs of this knowledge sharing project, co-funded by the Interreg IVC programme.

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CityMobil2 to be inaugurated in La Rochelle (FR)

Large-scale demonstration on Automated transport is to start in La Rochelle on December 16th, with its official inauguration.

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Open call for TIDE Study Tour Catalogue - Extended to 15 January!

Showcase your citiy's urban transport innovation!

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News from the institutions

EU to support cross-border charging network

The European Commission has announced a EUR 3.5 million fund investing in research and pilot deployment of 115 high power re-charging points in Central Europe.

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Around Europe and beyond

Electric Vehicles City Casebook available

The Energy Ministerial's Electric Vehicles Initiative (EVI), the International Energy Agency's Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement, and the smart city think-tank Urban Foresight have released a new edition of the EV City Casebook.

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