Cities to exchange experiences with clean urban transport projects

On 9 October, the CIVITAS Forum was launched officially in Brussels. It constitutes a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences among cities participating in the Commission’s CIVITAS Initiative.

The CIVITAS initiative was launched by the Commission in 2000. It is aimed at supporting cities in introducing clean vehicles and alternative fuels in their urban transport systems.

In early 2002 demonstration projects were started in 19 European cities, including Barcelona, Berlin, Prague and Rome. The Commission co-finances these projects with 50 million under the Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Development.

In the framework of the CIVITAS forum, representatives of the projects will meet four times between 2003 and 2005 to exchange experiences. There will be a newsletter pubished twice a year in five languages.

In the future, the Commission will extend its financial support to other European cities within the framework of the fortcoming Sixth RTD Framework Programme.


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