As we head into the summer break, for EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK coordinators it's never been busier! Here’s an update on some of the recent changes and developments across the region:
- Since the start of 2016, the Netherlands, Ireland, Moldova, Belarus and Montenegro have all appointed new coordinators, while in Denmark we welcome for the first time a "national reference point" in the person of Camilla Rosenhagen at Local Government Denmark.
- The Secretariat, of which REC is a part, is especially happy to welcome UNDP’s support in Belarus and Montenegro and is delighted to see strong progress in Russia thanks to UNDP's contribution there. Last year they notched up 36 cities, 20 over the previous year. This year there are already 44 registrations. We asked the UNDP team in Russia the secret of their success. According to Dmitry Beschetny: "I believe that result was mostly achieved due to the successful promotion of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK in Russia by the Ministry of Transport... To make the event more attractive, the ministry provides an award for participating cities."
- There have been changes in national coordinators in Austria, Estonia, Hungary and Poland.
- Germany has launched a national EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK webpage and Facebook site, while the development of a webpage for Bosnia and Herzegovina is under way.
- We are delighted to announce that registration is now possible in practically all European languages, having recently added Belarusian, Russian, Polish, Norwegian, Croatian, Slovenian, Montenegrin, Danish and Bosnian. (Only Maltese and Gaelic are now missing from the list!)
- Finally, towns and cities in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan can also now freely register in English, Russian, Turkish or German.
Registration ahead of Mobility Week in September is surging forward and it’s exciting to see that almost 400 towns and cities from 26 countries have signed up, including over 100 communities in Spain. Especially noteworthy is the fact that Ireland has already doubled last year’s participation levels, while, besides Russia of course, the Netherlands has also eclipsed its 2015 performance. Typically around 2,000 towns and cities participate from around 45 countries.
To register your car-free day, permanent measure and campaign activities, please visit: http://www.mobilityweek.eu/register-your-city/