Policy News


November 2018

Evaluation of Urban Mobility package launched
The European Commission has announced that will conduct an ex-post review of the Urban Mobility package of legislation which has been in place since 2013. Amongst the multitude of initiatives set in motion by the package, such as a framework for developing local Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans and standards for urban-derived pollution. There will be a public consultation launched in Q2 of 2019 (the summer) which will invite input from stakeholders across industry, government and public spheres.

WiFi4EU programme re-launched by European Commmission
The EU’s WiFi4EU programme has been relaunched by the European Commission after it was pulled several months ago following technical problems with the online application process and fears that the ‘first come, first serve’ principle caused an unmanageable surge in applications. The programme, which aims to fund the installation of public wireless internet hotspots in towns and cities, has been relaunched, again with a ‘first come, first serve basis’ and a call for proposals will open in autumn this year.

EU Urban Air Mobility initiative gains traction
The State of Geneva has committed to becoming the first city to join the EU-sponsored Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Initiative which forms part of the European Innovation Partnership in Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC). Other cities, in the EU, such as Hamburg, have announced that they will also join in 2018. The agreement was announced through the signing of a Manifesto of Intent on Urban Air Mobility by representatives from the State of Geneva, the Swiss civil aviation and sky control, the European Innovation Partnership's Action Cluster initiative in Urban Air Mobility and representatives of public and private organisations who support urban air mobility.

Encourage ‘accidental encounters’ between cultural sector workers to foster innovation in cities says report
The Culture for Cities and Regions project has produced a final report outlining its successes and outputs as the project comes to an end. Having run for 30 months the project has published 71 case studies on how cities across Europe have improved their strategies for support to the cultural sector. This has also included expert coaching sessions for the project’s 10 partners. Recommendations from the project include cities setting ‘bold visions’ for the future of their cultural sectors and obtaining a thorough understanding of their cultural sector, its workers and encouraging ‘accidental encounters’ between different cultural industry players to foster innovation in the sector.

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