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05 Oct 2016:

With man’s environmental impacts and global warming creating a myriad of challenges to our planet, it is now the time to implement and encourage cutting-edge initiatives in sustainability to shape the mobility of tomorrow – with this statement in mind, the 2016 CIVITAS Forum was held from 28-30 September in Gdynia (Poland). The annual conference saw a record high attendance with many cities attending from the CIVITAS PLUS II and CIVITAS 2020 programmes.

European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, closed the conference by saying: “Cities are major actors in delivering innovative solutions. Now is the time to unite efforts to go further and faster in achieving smart mobility”.

The conference also concluded the CIVITAS CAPITAL – making the best of CIVITAS! project. UITP managed the Advisory Group on Combined Mobility, which produced recommendations to the European Commission on future CIVITAS actions and wider policy formulation. The project also advised on further research, matching the EU policy objectives as outlined in the Urban Mobility Package and the White Paper on Transport. The work focused on the opportunities of intermodal electromobility to reduce congestion and improve air quality in urban areas. The main recommendations can be found here

Support for the CIVITAS programme will be continued by CIVITAS SATELLITE, which will facilitate cooperation so cities can lower barriers and hesitations to implement the effective, innovative solutions. The role of UITP in CIVITAS SATELLITE is to increase the cooperation between the CIVITAS Initiative and sustainable urban mobility experts, practitioners and projects outside Europe, and to manage two Thematic Groups: Clean fuels and vehicles, and Collective Passenger Transport.

CIVITAS is one of the most successful EU programmes in promoting innovative solutions for sustainable development. It brings together all CIVITAS and other cities that are committed to introducing ambitious, clean urban transport strategies.

The 2017 CIVITAS Forum will be in Torres Vedras, Portugal. Learn more on  

In case of questions, please contact Yannick Bousse:

Over €200 million available for transport and energy research
05 Oct 2016:

Three Horizon 2020 calls for project proposals open today in the areas of Green Vehicles, Smart Cities & Communities and Blue Growth. In total, €210.5 million will be available to applicants. The deadlines to apply are 1 and 14 February 2017, depending on the call.

Funding opportunities for Green Vehicles

Nine topics with a total budget of €133 million are open for research and innovation proposals on the use of alternative fuels, hybrid and electric vehicles, improved heavy duty vehicles, and fast charging infrastructure. The deadline to apply is 1 February 2017.

More information on the call

Apply here

Funding opportunities for Blue Growth

One topic with a total budget of €8 million is open for research and innovation proposals paving the road for commercial application technologies that will improve current European marine observing, surveying and monitoring capabilities, as well as support business and services within the marine space. The deadline to apply is 14 February 2017.

More information on the call

Apply here

Further information on transport research is available on Horizon2020 website and in the recordings of the 2016 Horizon 2020 Transport Information Day that took place on 28 September 2016. Please also take a look at the Horizon 2020 Transport funding opportunities publication for 2017.

Funding opportunities for Smart Cities and Communities

A call for proposals is open for Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse projects. Lighthousecities should develop intelligent, user-driven and demand-oriented city solutions that could be replicated in other urban districts across Europe, with the involvement of follower cities. The total budget is €69.5 million, of which €12 to €18 million will be allocated to individual projects (indicative). 

For further details on Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities funding opportunities, please visit the event page of the info day that took place on 23 September 2016. You will find there the recording of the sessions and presentations available for download. More information can also be found in this leaflet.

More information on the call

Apply here


Who can apply?

Calls for proposals are open to any legal entity in a country eligible for Horizon 2020 funding. The list of these countries is available in the General Annexes of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme. A minimum number of participants may be required for each topic.

How to apply?

Applicants have to submit their proposal electronically, following the link from the topic page on the Participant Portal. Please follow the guidelines on proposal submission and evaluation. For all questions related to Horizon 2020, please contact the Research Enquiry Service.

How will the grants be awarded?

The submitted proposals are evaluated by external experts drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. Applicants will receive the evaluation results at the latest five months after the submission deadline, and grant agreements will be signed with the successful applicants within eight months after the submission deadline. 

Become an expert

External evaluators of project proposals are drawn from the European Commission's independent expert database. The Commission is looking to expand the database through a call for experts covering a very broad range of fields. If you fit the expert profile rather than that of an applicant, and would like to be considered as a proposal evaluator, sign up in the Participant Portal.

Commission publishes state-of-play on EU Maritime Transport Strategy
05 Oct 2016:

The European Commission publishes today a mid-term report on the implementation of its European Maritime Transport Strategy until 2018  [357 KB]  [SWD(2016) 326]. The report describes actions undertaken in the areas of safety and security, digitalisation, environmental sustainability and decarbonisation and the maritime profession, as well as in the international sphere. In each of these areas the report explains the next steps: for instance the actions taken at European and international level on passenger ship safety, work in progress to put in place an EU maritime single window and the efforts to agree on robust global mechanisms to curb the greenhouse gas emissions of international shipping.

Taking into consideration the challenging economic circumstances the sector faces today and the fierce global competition, the report also highlights the necessity of dialogue and mutual cooperation between the stakeholders and administrations. With this report the Commission also announces the launch of a comprehensive evaluation exercise of EU maritime legislation to ascertain whether this remains fit for purpose or adjustments have to be made within any of the five focus areas described.

The report builds on a broad consultation of stakeholders, in particular through the public consultation published in 2015.

TRIP infrastructure workshop roundup
05 Oct 2016:

European stakeholders in the area of transport infrastructure met in Brussels on 20 September 2016 to discuss the outcomes of a study of research and innovation projects and to provide feedback on the conclusions of the study. They heard about progress in a number of fields, including planning, financing, construction and maintenance. Following the feedback received at the workshop, the draft Research Theme Analysis Report that was presented will now be updated and is expected to be published in early 2017.

Previous TRIP Research Theme Analysis Reports, on the themes of Urban Mobility and Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, are available at

The next TRIP Research Theme Analysis Report will be on the theme of ‘Transport Security’ and will be held in Brussels on 10 November 2016. For more information, including how to register for the event, visit  

TRIP User Survey
04 Oct 2016:

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NAVTOR takes maritime lead for EU autonomous vessel project
21 Sep 2016:

NAVTOR is to spend the next three years helping the EU chart a route towards autonomous vessels. The Norwegian firm, a global leader in e-Navigation technology and services, has been selected to represent the maritime industry in the ENABLE project - conceived to prove, verify and validate the safety of autonomous vehicles in Europe. NAVTOR has now received funding to investigate the concept of ‘shore-based bridges’, a crucial steppingstone on the path to autonomy.

ENABLE was originally proposed by the car industry, before the EU widened its scope to take in the full spectrum of transport, including ships. NAVTOR was chosen to represent the maritime sector’s efforts due to its expertise and innovation in the field of navigation, planning and monitoring. The firm’s technology currently connects vessels and shore-based facilities worldwide to optimise routes, safety, efficiency and overall fleet management.

“It’s an honour to be selected as the sole representative for our industry,” comments NAVTOR e-Navigation Project Manager Bjørn Åge Hjøllo. “The opportunity to work alongside established leaders in analogous transport sectors – learning from them, sharing knowledge and collaborating for new technical solutions – really is ‘once in a lifetime’. 

“The shared goal is important for Europe, while the expertise we accrue will obviously be of huge benefit to our customers – all of whom can take advantage of key elements of shore-based bridges.”

NAVTOR’s role in ENABLE, which runs through to October 2019, will focus on testing the validity of the software element of a remote bridge concept. This will be built upon continuous data sharing between vessels and land, with key navigation functions migrating from the crew to office-based teams. Shore-based bridges will not be central to the day-to-day operation of autonomous vessels, but will be a vital part of their support infrastructure, allowing those onshore to take charge of individual ships when necessary.

“We believe autonomous vessels will be a reality within the next 10 to 15 years,” Hjøllo states. “Shore-based bridges will be a vital part of realising that vision.

“However, before that point there is work to be done. We can use our expertise with software, monitoring, planning, and the secure transfer of data between vessels as a platform to build upon. Together with actors from sectors such as research institutes and the car industry, which has already made huge leaps steps forward in autonomy, we can accelerate the development of safe, reliable and innovative solutions for maritime.

“This is a long-term project with huge potential. We’re delighted to be taking the maritime lead.”

NAVTOR launched the initiative with a pre-project meeting for 16 European experts, representing some of Europe’s leading research and development institutions, in its hometown Egersund last month. Other ENABLE participants include IBM, Philips Medical Systems, Renault, Tieto and Siemens. 

NAVTOR was established in 2011 and has since grown into a global e-Navigation leader, with a network of offices in Norway, Russia, Japan, Sweden and Singapore. Its product portfolio includes advanced ENC services, publications, weather services, routing, and NavStation, the world’s first digital chart table, integrating all necessary navigation information onto one digital platform, with easy vessel to shore information exchange.

Reykjavík aims to be carbon neutral by 2040
21 Sep 2016:

eykjavík City, capital of Iceland and Member of ICLEI, has put forward a climate policy paper with an action plan aiming for a carbon neutral city by 2040.

In Reykjavík, all electricity is produced with hydroelectric power and houses are geothermally heated. The release of greenhouse gases in Reykjavík is minor compared with international figures.

Transport is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions and is the largest challenge for the city. In the city‘s Municipal Plan 2010-2030, the goal is to change travel modes so that public transport usage rises from 4% to 12% and the ratio of pedestrians and cyclists rises from 19% to over 30% in 2030.

In 2009, Reykjavík becane the first municipality in Iceland to make a policy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2016, the Reykjavík City Council decided to go further and make even more ambitious goals: Reykjavík City will be carbon neutral by 2040.

"Cities play a key role in the fight against climate change. They can react quickly and have many possibilities of enacting change,“ says Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík.

The mayor adds that these goals for reducing green house gas emissions are in sync with what many of the world's most ambitious cities are aiming for, but Reykjavík is in a prime position to follow through with them because of its renewable energy sources.

Reykjavík began utilizing geothermal energy sources for central heating in 1930. In 1971 98% of homes were connected to geothermal water heating. Now all homes in the city and neighbouring municipalities are heated with geothermal energy.

Reykjavík‘s goal is to increase the use of bicycles and buses as primary means of transport and to ensure that people have the chance of commuting to work on foot. With electric cars becoming more common, Reykjavík will increase the availability of charging stations – preferably at home, in parking garages and on specific locations within the city. These goals are intrinsically linked to urban densification which also produces opportunities for a more efficient public transport system through the use of either light railways or a bus rapid transit system.

The full Reykjavík action plan is available here