European Mobility Week

European Mobility Week

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor


Overall project value

EUR 89,800


January 2018 – January 2019

Beneficiary countries

European countries

Number of staff


The European Mobility Week campaign takes place in towns and cities between September 16 and 22 each year, traditionally ending with Car-Free Day, or an "In Town Without My Car" event, on September 22.

This European Commission initiative aims to encourage a modal shift from individual car use to more sustainable modes of transport such as cycling, walking or public transport. The campaign represents an opportunity for participating towns and cities to demonstrate the importance of sustainable urban mobility and for local authorities to test their transport policies and present them to citizens.

As part of the secretariat for European Mobility Week, the REC leads on the liaison and (re)engagement of national coordinators, who work towards greater city involvement in the annual campaign. The REC is one of the European coordinators, along with Eurocities; ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability; and the European Commission.

The REC's activities mainly involve strengthening bilateral relations and making visits to support national coordinators, who are typically representatives of national ministries and agencies. The REC hosts the three annual meetings of the coordinators and provides other assistance during site visits, when it contributes to the implementation of selected national events through the allocation of dedicated funds.

The REC also promotes the EMW awards, assists with social media outreach, undertakes capacity building and prepares the annual EMW public participation report that maps the engagement of cities, discusses the barriers to participation and formulates recommendations for improvements.

A further task is to contribute to the annual EMW thematic guidelines that reflect on related policy initiatives, such as the July 2016 European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility, in line with Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure; and the European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, published in November 2016.

  • Event organisation
  • Report writing
  • Networking
  • Support services