GO SUMP, featuring the Med Urban Transports Community, has recently become a permanent member of the SUMP platform coordinating group. The platform brings together representatives from relevant ongoing EU-supported actions tackling sustainable urban mobility plans to exchange information and lessons learnt; identify and exploit synergies; agree on common views to inform the further development of the SUMP concept and tools; and assist in the co-ordination of outward presentation of the various initiatives. The group meets twice per year at the Directorate General for Transport of the European Commission in Brussels.
On 8th and 9th June, GO SUMP participated for the first time in the coordinating group meeting. Besides presenting the Med Urban Transports Community and explaining the Interreg Med architecture to the group, important synergies were detected and will be further explored. For instance, synergies were found with CIVITAS projects PORTIS and DESTINATIONS focusing on sustainable urban mobility plans in port cities and touristic regions, as well as with the Interreg Europe REFORM project, which supports the implementation and deployment of SUMPs through regional and interregional learning exchanges.
The SUMP platform coordinating group will also be an opportunity to discuss and provide inputs to the annual SUMP conference, which will take place next year from 13 to 15 May (final date to be confirmed) in Nicosia (Cyprus).