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The European Commission
(EC) has launched a new award that encourages the adoption of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) by local and regional authorities.
Under the inaugural theme 'stakeholder and citizen participation', local and regional authorities can submit their SUMPs for award consideration at www.dotherightmix.eu
EC vice-president Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: “'Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans can help cities and towns offer their citizens integrated mobility options that are sustainable and really meet their mobility needs. Across Europe, we see that it is essential to engage citizens and stakeholders in order to create awareness, acceptance and ownership at all stages. This provides a plan with legitimacy and enhances its overall quality. The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan award aims to recognize and reward excellence in urban mobility.'
Cities within the European Union, the European Economic Area and Croatia are eligible to apply for the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan award. To encourage a broader range of applicants, local authorities are not required to have completed the entire process of developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan in order to be eligible for the award.
Award applications can be submitted until 9 November, 2012. The winner of the award for the best plan, as decided by an expert jury, will be rewarded with a prize of €10,000 to support local awareness-raising activities on sustainable urban mobility.