Urban mobility accounts for 40 % of all CO2 emissions of road transport and up to 70 % of other pollutants from transport. European cities increasingly face problems caused by transport and traffic. The question of how to enhance mobility while at the same time reducing congestion, accidents and pollution is a common challenge to all major cities in Europe. Congestion in the EU is often located in and around urban areas and costs nearly EUR 100 billion, or 1 % of the EU’s GDP, annually. Cities themselves are usually in the best position to find the right responses to these challenges, taking their specific circumstances into account. Efficient and effective urban transport can significantly contribute to achieving objectives in a wide range of policy domains for which the EU has an established competence. Mobility in urban areas is also an important facilitator for growth and employment and for sustainable development in the EU areas. the European Commission came up in 2013 with an Urban Mobility Package that addressed initiatives 31, 32 and 33 of the White Paper. Initiative 31 called for establishing procedures and financial support mechanisms at the European level for preparing Urban Mobility Plans.
The CEF Transport programme
European Local Energy Assistance
The UIA initiative provides urban areas throughout Europe with resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges. The initiative has a total budget of €371 million for the period 2015 to 2020. Apply Here
URBACT is a European exchange and learning programme that promotes sustainable urban development and helps cities work together to develop pragmatic solutions to urban challenges. URBACT is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, in all EU countries, Norway and Switzerland. Covering the period 2014 to 2020, URBACT III has a budget of €96.3 million. Apply Here
The Horizon 2020 programme is the biggest EU research and innovation programme, with €80 billion of funding available between 2014 and 2020. Apply Here
The LIFE programme is the EU’s financial instrument for supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects. LIFE tackles urban challenges such as air quality, noise, energy and waste. The total budget for funding projects between 2014 and 2020 is €1.1 billion for environment and €0.36 billion for climate action. Apply Here