Country:European Union
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2001
Policy Type:Policy Support, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)
Policy Target:
Agency:European Commission, DG Energy and Transport
Funding:Eur 50 million
Description:In November 2001, the European Commission awarded Eur ?50 million in funding to nineteen pilot cities under the CIVITAS Initiative Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. The funding was provided for implementing innovative and integrated actions for the improvement of urban transport. The pilot projects sought to combat congestion and pollution through technologies and measures that make energy part of urban transport policy, in particular by enhancing energy efficiency and "clean" fuels. The aim was to promote the development of an attractive alternative to the use of private cars in cities. Introduced measures included: - New information and transport management systems. - "Clean" vehicle fleets for passengers and goods. - Promotional campaigns for public transport. - A system of charging for road use and parking based on environmental concerns. - The creation of special areas for "clean" vehicles in city centres. The results will form the basis of a guide on best practice for use by other cities. On the basis of this first experiment, the European Commission relaunched the initiative in 2003. Under the CIVITAS Initiative, the European Commission funded projects combining energy and transport in a coherent manner. The community provides 37% of the total cost of the initiative.

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