Raising the Voice in South East Europe on Transport

Virtual Walk Through the Capitals of South-East Europe

This year, Transport and Climate Change Week 2021 brought together experts and decision-makers from all around the world to facilitate knowledge sharing and networking through peer-to-peer exchange and specialised workshops with the main topics: Enhancing climate actions and ambition in transport; Green recovery in the transport sector; Digitalisation. This global event included 13 time zones, 60 sessions, and 200 speakers from 40 countries.

For the first time, the South-East European countries participated jointly at the Transport and Climate Change Week and presented their urban mobility experience in a virtual walkshop on quick-win initiatives from their respective Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. The six capital cities from the South-East European (SEE) countries took part in the Transport and Climate Change Week as a part of the Eastern Europe HUB program.

On the opening day Mr. Ognjen Petar Todorovic, Head of the Department for Urban Mobility at the Secretariat for Transport, City of Belgrade, Serbia, gave a welcome speech on behalf of all SEE countries in the World Café session.The cities, urban mobility achievements and plans were presented by the mayors of six South-East European capitals in a joint video which was shown worldwide.

Best practice examples

Good practices in the implementation of sustainable urban mobility measures were presented in a virtual ‘walkshop’ format. The representatives from six South-East European capitals presented a range of quick-win initiatives implemented from their respective Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. This innovative concept shared the best practice quick wins of Urban Mobility initiatives from Belgrade (Serbia), Podgorica (Montenegro), Pristina (Kosovo*), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Skopje (North Macedonia), and Tirana (Albania). The walkshop was rated as an interesting, creative, active session with a lot of positive comments from participants which included one hour walk through the streets of six capitals.

NGO Eco Logic from North Macedonia presented the „Velo Schools” as a best practice example for promoting sustainable urban mobility quickly and efficiently. More information about this interesting project can be found at the following link: https://ecologic.mk/

Another fruitful session was the Market place of sustainable urban mobility plans from South-East Europe, during which participants had an opportunity to hear the experiences, challenges, current status, and more details about the implementation plans from the six capitals. Representatives of the non-governmental sector also initiated discussions on several Urban Mobility pillars, including bike infrastructure and bike-sharing.

Positive feedback from participants

Participants from South-East European countries rated the Transport and Climate Change event as very successful because they were able to exchange experiences, ideas, examples of good practice, get direct advice within the expert clinic but also connect with other countries and cities. The Transport and Climate Change Week programme offered a wide range of themes for all participants who could choose topics for further improvement of skills, knowledge, and examples of good practice.

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