The ‘Pact of Amsterdam’ of May 2016 has established the Urban Agenda for the EU; a new working method of thematic partnerships seeking to optimise utilisation of the growth potential of cities and to address social challenges. It aims to do so through better cooperation between Cities, Regions, Member States, the European Commission and other stakeholders. Following the 12 priority themes outlined in the Urban Agenda for the EU, 12 thematic partnership have been established. The Partnership on Urban Mobility is one of these Partnerships.

The aim of the Partnership is to develop a multilevel governance approach in an open and transparent was in order to achieve the wider objectives of the Urban Agenda for the EU, which is to realise the full potential and contribution of urban areas towards achieving the objectives of the Union and related national priorities, in full respect of subsidiarity and proportionality principle and competences.

The Urban Agenda and the partnerships strive to involve urban authorities in the design of policies, to mobilise urban authorities for the implementation of EU policies, and to strengthen the urban dimension in these policies. By identifying and striving to overcome unnecessary obstacles in EU policy, the Urban Agenda for the EU aims to enable Urban Authorities to work in a more systematic and coherent way towards achieving overarching goals. Moreover, it will help make EU policy more urban-friendly, effective and efficient.

The Urban Agenda for the EU focuses specifically on three pillars of EU policy making and implementation: better regulation, better funding, and better knowledge. The Partnership of Urban Mobility seeks to facilitate a joint effort for more sustainable urban mobility. The focus of the Partnership is on the mid- and long-term perspective on urban mobility. In order to deal with this, the Partnership has established four topics that need to be addressed:

  • Active modes of infrastructure and public space
  • New mobility services and innovation
  • Public transport (including clean buses) and accessibility
  • Governance

This action plan aims to put forward an elaboration of actions necessary to address the challenges experienced in line with the topics outlined above. Furthermore, it indicates what is necessary for the implementation of these actions and it provides an overview of the associated actors and timeline. The Partnership is now entering the public feedback phase, in which stakeholders will be approached and several outreach workshops will be organised. Following the completion of the public feedback phase, the actions will be revised and updated where necessary and appropriate, according to the outcomes of this phase.


Governance of the Partnership

The members of the partnership are:

  • Member states: Czech Republic (Co-coordinator), Cyprus, Finland, Romania, Slovenia
  • Cities: Karlsruhe (Co-coordinator), Bari, Bielefeld, Burgas, Gdynia, Malmö, Nijmegen,Torres Vedras,
  • Regions: Skåne, Wallonia
  • Stakeholders: CEMR, EIB, EUROCITIES, European Cyclist Federation, POLIS, UITP
  • European Commission:
  • Observers: URBACT