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Mobilising citizens for vital cities Ljubljana - Gent - Zagreb - Brno - Porto

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Urban
Total project cost
€28 640 762
EU Contribution
€17 841 239
Project website
Project Acronym
CIVITAS ELAN
STRIA Roadmaps
Transport electrification (ELT)
Low-emission alternative energy for transport (ALT)
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Smart mobility and services (SMO)
Infrastructure (INF)
Transport mode
Multimodal icon
Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
FP7-SST-2007-TREN-1_28June
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

CIVITAS-ELAN is a project of strategic importance to its partners and funding institutions. The mayors of the cities of Ljubljana, Gent, Zagreb, Brno and Porto have agreed to a common mission statement “To ‘mobilise’ our citizens working with them to develop clean mobility solutions for vital cities, ensuring health and access for all.”

The five cities co-operate in the CIVITAS Programme on the basis of a clear set of common objectives, based on the principle of “putting the citizen first”. The focus on citizen participation has been engrained in the work plan of many measures.

For each of the CIVITAS policy fields, a common set of headline objectives and corresponding project goals have been agreed, and the cities have developed a programme of 68 measures.

The project consortium is extremely experienced, some partners were involved in CIVITAS I and II from various perspectives. The consortium has defined a highly integrated workplan with common measures and a range of other cooperation and exchange arrangements.

The ELAN cities are representative of a growing number of dynamic, large or medium-sized national and regional centres with a strong cultural background.

As encouraged by the CIVITAS Plus call, a city from the New Member States (NMS) (Ljubljana) is the project coordinator. The other city from an NMS country is Brno - a learning city in the CIVITAS-ELAN project. In addition, Zagreb - a leading city within CIVITAS-ELAN - is from a candidate country thus integrating the CIVITAS initiative in the enlargement process. The workplan addresses topics of specific interest to cities in the NMS.

This financial commitment is based on a strong political will, a factor that will be recognised as a major actor of sustainable development policy in Europe.

As a policy-driven project, CIVITAS-ELAN will make significant contributions to major global, EU and national policy processes. Impact and process evaluation have a prominent role in the workplan. In responding to citizens’ needs, CIVITAS-ELAN has identified 18 common headline objectives for each CIVITAS policy field:

  • Increasing energy efficiency
  • Using alternative fuels
  • Cleaning up vehicle fleets (electric, hybrid, integrated strategies)
  • Implementing effective, high quality mobility solutions
  • Planning intermodal infrastructure with public participation
  • Charging for access
  • Managing public space and
Objectives

The measures of CIVITAS ELAN are expected to have significant impact in solving the problems of:

  • congestion and related pollution as most crucial problems
  • other issues including climate change, energy consumption, noise, public transport quality and pressure on space.
  • improving public transport quality (especially demanded by citizens)
  • increasing the share of walking and cycling
  • supporting freight innovative delivery solutions
  • implementing innovative demand management
  • using of clean and energy-efficient vehicles.
Methodology

The idea of the four common measures in CIVITAS-ELAN is to have intensive cooperation on topics of strategic importance, going beyond the exchange in other fields. The following are the CIVITAS-ELAN common measures:

  • Energy management of public fleets (led by the City of Gent)
  • Participatory intermodal infrastructure planning (led by the City of Brno)
  • Comprehensive safety and security strategies (led by the City of Zagreb)
  • Integrated freight policy development (led by the City of Ljubljana)

The common measures will focus on the elaboration of common strategies, exchange of know-how and build up common tools, such as joint green procurement, energy management tools and urban freight roundtables.
The idea to use joint procurement of clean vehicles - particularly of hybrid buses - in order to build up a critical mass and have a strong position towards manufacturers, which still consider clean vehicles as niches products and sometimes only provide small numbers of such vehicles. This can be further extended to the whole CIVITAS community.

One of the main issues related to sustainable mobility is how to raise the level of citizens’ responsibility for addressing mobility problems and implementing solutions (to influence the people’s behaviour and lifestyles). If decision-makers really want to consider the peoples’ needs and to engage them in implementing quality solutions, this is only possible through consultation and broad dialogue with citizens - with much better approaches than were practiced in Europe so far.

The CIVITAS-ELAN project is tackling this issue with the innovative experimentation of inclusive governance in transport planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. With this approach we are putting the “partnership principle” - one of the fundamental principles of the EU Cohesion Policy - into practice in all 5 CIVITAS-ELAN partner cities.

An overall Strategy for citizens’ engagement will be prepared with cooperation of all project partners at the initial stage of the project. The Strategy will define main objectives, actors, principles, standards and indicators for successful public participation, and especially the working methodology for the whole process.

The Strategy will be the basis for the development of partner cities’ Action Plans on citizens’ engagement. Transport related measures in partner cities will be interlaced with inclusive governance

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme
FP7-TRANSPORT
Funding Source
DG TREN

Results

ELAN increases the modal share of walking and cycling, supports innovative freight delivery solutions, implements innovative demand management, and increases the use of cleaner and energy-efficient vehicles.

The project enhances overall road safety and reduce air pollution. CIVITAS ELAN enhances the cities’ perception as pioneers of advanced mobility concepts that offer a high quality of life. This in turn will attract knowledge workers and enterprises.

In addition to the implementation of concrete clean and sustainable urban transport solutions, CIVITAS ELAN aims to mobilise people in physical, political and societal terms. Responding to citizens’ demands constitutes better governance and will improve the quality of public transport. Yet, the ELAN partners are convinced that putting citizens first will make a long lasting change. Transferring ownership of policies to citizens will not only substantially reduce the political risk of failure but most importantly winning people’s minds and hearts will initiate a lasting new mentality towards sustainable mobility.

As a policy-driven project led by impact and process evaluation, the ELAN cities will significantly contribute to major national, EU and global policy processes. They will motivate cities throughout Europe to follow their lead. CIVITAS ELAN brings together politicians and practitioners from various cities, countries and professional backgrounds. It fosters exchange and advances Europe’s knowledge economy.

Furthermore, CIVITAS ELAN addresses global challenges such as climate change and security of energy supply. It contributes to reduce dependence on oil imports and helps to create to a cleaner and more liveable environment.

Innovation aspects

As part of the EU CIVITAS programme, the ELAN project takes an approach where “putting the citizen first” is at the core of the work in the five cities. They are all vibrant medium-sized European centres of social, cultural and economic life with strong identities, rich cultural heritage and high-quality public spaces.They all have major universities with large student populations. These dynamic cities share a strong commitment to implement mobility policy that gives priority to citizens and their quality of life.

Strategy targets

An efficient and integrated mobility system

Readiness

The results of this project have already been implemented.

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Municipality Of Ljubljana
Address
Mestni Trg 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Partner Organisations
Organisation
Faculdade De Ciencias Da Universidade Do Porto
Address
RUA CAMPO ALEGRE, PORTO, Portugal
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Camara Municipal Do Porto
Address
Praca Do General Humberto Delgado, 4049 001 Porto, Portugal
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Etrel Svetovanje In Druge Storitve Doo
Address
Ukmarjeva Ulica, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Kmetijski Institut Slovenije
Address
Hacquetova 17, 1000 LJUBLJANA, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Metro Do Porto S.a.
Address
Avenida Fernao De Magalhaes 1862-7º, 1862N/A7º Porto, Portugal
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Udruge Odraz-Odrzivi Razvoj Zajednice
Address
Ljudevita Posavskog 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Grad Zagreb
Address
Trg Stjepana Radića 1, 1000 Zagreb, Croatia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Rupprecht Consult-Forschung & Beratung Gmbh
Address
Clever Strasse, 50668 Koeln, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Institut Jozef Stefan
Address
Jamova, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Universiteit Gent
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Max Mobiel Vzw
Address
Botermarkt 1, B9000 Gent, Belgium
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Optimobil Vlaanderen
Address
Motstraat 20, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Zagrebacki Holding Doo
Address
Savska Cesta 1, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Javno Podjetje Ljubljanski Potniski Promet D.o.o.
Address
Celovska Cesta 160, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Vlaamse Vervoersmaatschappij De Lijn
Address
Motstraat 20, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Forschungsgesellschaft Mobilitaet - Austrian Mobility Research Fgm - Amor Gemeinnutzige Gmbh
Address
SCHONAUGASSE 8A/1, 8010 GRAZ, Austria
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Fundacao Ensino E Cultura Fernando Pessoa Pcup
Address
Praca 9 De Abril 349, 4249 004 Porto, Portugal
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Slovenske Zeleznice Doo
Address
Kolodvorska Ulica 11, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€1 999 995
Organisation
Slovenske Zeleznice Doo
Address
Kolodvorska Ulica 11, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Stad Gent
Address
Botermarkt 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Digipolis
Address
Generaal Armstrongweg 1, 2020 Antwerpen, Belgium
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Associacao Nacional Do Transporte Rodoviario Pesado De Passageiros
Address
Rua Do Campo Alegre 17, 4150N/A177 Porto, Portugal
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Biciklistickog Kluba Bicikl
Address
Ulica Kaktusa 9, 10360 Zagreb, Croatia
EU Contribution
€1 062 338
Organisation
Biciklistickog Kluba Bicikl
Address
Ulica Kaktusa 9, 10360 Zagreb, Croatia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Technum - Tractebel Engineering Nv
Address
Coveliersstraat 15, 2600 Antwerpen, Belgium
EU Contribution
€693 674
Organisation
Technum - Tractebel Engineering Nv
Address
Coveliersstraat 15, 2600 Antwerpen, Belgium
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Telargo Doo Informacijske Resitve Vprometu In Transportu
Address
LESKOSKOVA CESTA, 1000 LJUBLJANA, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€1 314 585
Organisation
Telargo Doo Informacijske Resitve Vprometu In Transportu
Address
LESKOSKOVA CESTA, 1000 LJUBLJANA, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Studentenmobiliteit Vzw
Address
Kattenberg 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium
EU Contribution
€1 856 094
Organisation
Studentenmobiliteit Vzw
Address
Kattenberg 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Universidade Do Porto
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira, 4099 002 Porto, Portugal
EU Contribution
€1 463 000
Organisation
Universidade Do Porto
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira, 4099 002 Porto, Portugal
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Zagrebacki Holding Doo
Address
Savska Cesta 1, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
EU Contribution
€1 295 000
Organisation
Zagrebacki Holding Doo
Address
Savska Cesta 1, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Regional Environmental Center For Central And Eastern Europe -Rec
Address
Szentendre, Ady Endre Ut 9-11, 2000, Hungary
EU Contribution
€1 480 708
Organisation
Regional Environmental Center For Central And Eastern Europe -Rec
Address
Szentendre, Ady Endre Ut 9-11, 2000, Hungary
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Vlaamse Gewest
Address
Koning Albert Ii Laan 20, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€50 000
Organisation
Vlaamse Gewest
Address
Koning Albert Ii Laan 20, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Dopravni Podnik Mesta Brna As
Address
Hlinky, 656 46 Brno, Czechia
EU Contribution
€50 000
Organisation
Dopravni Podnik Mesta Brna As
Address
Hlinky, 656 46 Brno, Czechia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Sociedade De Transportes Colictivos Do Porto Sa
Address
Avenida Fernao De Magalhaes 1862-13º, 4350 158 Porto, Portugal
EU Contribution
€50 000
Organisation
Sociedade De Transportes Colictivos Do Porto Sa
Address
Avenida Fernao De Magalhaes 1862-13º, 4350 158 Porto, Portugal
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Sveuciliste U Zagrebu Fakultet Prometnih Znanosti
Address
Vukeliceva 4, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
EU Contribution
€50 000
Organisation
Sveuciliste U Zagrebu Fakultet Prometnih Znanosti
Address
Vukeliceva 4, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Optimizacao E Planeamento De Transportes Sa
Address
Rua De Assis Vaz 27, 4200096 Porto, Portugal
EU Contribution
€50 000
Organisation
Optimizacao E Planeamento De Transportes Sa
Address
Rua De Assis Vaz 27, 4200096 Porto, Portugal
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Statutarni Mesto Brno
Address
Dominikanske Namesti, 601 67 Brno, Czechia
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€50 000
Organisation
Statutarni Mesto Brno
Address
Dominikanske Namesti, 601 67 Brno, Czechia
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Prometni Institut Ljubljana Doo
Address
Kolodvorska Ulica 11, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€50 000
Organisation
Prometni Institut Ljubljana Doo
Address
Kolodvorska Ulica 11, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Univerza V Ljubljani
Address
KONGRESNI TRG 12, 1000 LJUBLJANA, Slovenia
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€50 000
Organisation
Univerza V Ljubljani
Address
KONGRESNI TRG 12, 1000 LJUBLJANA, Slovenia
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Hz Infrastruktura D.o.o.
Address
Ulica Antuna Mihanovica, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€50 000
Organisation
Hz Infrastruktura D.o.o.
Address
Ulica Antuna Mihanovica, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Urbanisticni Institut Republike Slovenije
Address
Trnovski Pristan 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€50 000
Organisation
Urbanisticni Institut Republike Slovenije
Address
Trnovski Pristan 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EU Contribution
€0

Technologies

Technology Theme
Information systems
Technology
ICT support system for multimodality
Development phase
Research/Invention

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