On 22-23 November 2017, UITP organised a high-level international seminar on Smart Mobility 2020: Innovative and sustainable urban transport in Europe. The event took place in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia which is currently at the helm of the Council of the European Union and the EU Presidency.
The event, with its main focus on Central Eastern European countries, was organised in partnership with Tallinn’s municipal public transport operator Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS and the Tartu Municipality. Moreover, the event was held under the patronage of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and organized under the 2017 Estonian EU Presidency’s official programme and with the Presidency’s support.
The Seminar was an excellent opportunity to discuss the most current mobility trends and challenges for the CEE region as well as to meet with top mobility stakeholders from throughout Europe. The event hosted more than 120 people from 28 countries during two days, with an extensive technical visit featuring new bus terminal and tram network extension on the second day.
The conference held a strategic debate with high-level mobility and smart city stakeholders from the EU, particularly from CEE countries, including decision-makers from the EU institutions and national and local governments. We launched off with a session on “Trends, challenges and outlooks towards urban mobility in Central Eastern Europe” featuring DG MOVE, European Investment Bank/Jaspers, European Parliament’s MEP and Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications which is in charge of transportation issues. Afterwards, the floor was taken by the representatives of flagship public transport operators, authorities and manufacturers, including Prague, Budapest, Tallinn and Sofia in search of the most optimal strategies of decarbonizing and greening urban mobility. The final session, hosting giants such as Transport for London, UBER or INIT, but also Ridango, MaaS Global and Calypso Networks Association paved the way for an exciting discussion on smart cities and mobility, the new mobility business models and actors as well as the latest ticketing technologies on the market.
The second day featured an extensive technical tour to Viru bus terminal and control centre, from where the participants were taken by the latest Interlink II LNG bus as kindly provided by Scania to the tram depo, where after a visit we made a tour towards the airport, on a brand new network extension financed by a Connecting Europe Facility grant.
All in all, it’s been an extremely fruitful event, with very kind local hosts and happening in a UNESCO-listed city. The public transport progress in Tallinn, but also in so many other cities in the CEE region presented during the event is unquestionable, keeping the whole Central Eastern Europe on track to become Europe’s most public transport-friendly and oriented region.
For more information on the event, please go HERE
For more information on the Estonian 2017 EU Presidency, please go HERE
For more information on the hosting company Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS, please go HERE