Green light for the European Commission’s action plan on urban mobility

22 December 2009  •  Author(s): Anne Houtman, Directorate-General for Energy and Transport Internal Market and Sustainability, European Commission

On 30 September 2009, the European Commission adopted an action plan on urban mobility, proposing 20 specific measures to assist local, regional and national authorities in reaching their targets for sustainable urban mobility.

Europe needs sustainable urban mobility

Urban transport is of growing concern to citizens. Over 70% of the European population lives in urban areas1, and this percentage is expected to increase over the next decade. Cities need efficient transport systems to support their economy and the welfare of their inhabitants. But urban transport systems are also part of the overall European transport system. Many long distance freight and passenger journeys start or finish in urban areas.

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