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Miguel Ángel Cámara Brussels proposes a change to more sustainable modes of transport to fight climate change (05/03/2009)

Chamber anticipates that the mobility planning should be done in conjunction with other civic issues, social, economic and environmental

The Mayor of Murcia, Miguel Ángel Cámara, acting president of the European Mobility Forum (Eurocities), opened yesterday in Brussels a landmark meeting on the Action Plan on Urban Mobility.

This meeting will take place in the European Parliament.

The event began with welcoming remarks by Miguel Ángel Cámara, which interventions sigueron key political leaders.

Among the topics discussed is the search for solutions to the financing of urban transport, the promotion of sustainable mobility in urban areas and the need to create a Permanent European Forum on Urban Transport.

The president of the Mobility Forum of Eurocities stressed the need to assess other issues of particular importance for Europe, such as the need for an integrated transport and the promotion of intermodality.

In this regard, the Chamber added that "transportation planning should be done in conjunction with other policy areas that affect the activities of cities, for example, combating climate change and congestion."

According to House, mobility is not just transportation.

Requires an integrated approach and must include the full range of transport modes available, including soft modes such as walking and cycling.

To EUROCITIES should focus on achieving a modal shift and move to more sustainable modes of transport. "

Forum Chairman added that "the overall sustainability of Europe depends on the ability of cities to address the challenges of urban mobility.

Discuss urban transport debate is really about sustainable mobility, taking into account all aspects: social, economic and environmental. "

Participants in this meeting are Paul Bevan, Secretary General of Eurocities, Antonio Tajani, Representative of the Cabinet of European Commissioner for Transport, Sir Albert Bore, the Committee of the Regions or Marc Baietto, Vice President of Grenoble Alpes Metropole.

Also attend as speakers Gilles Savary MEP (PSE, France), Michael Cramer, MEP (Greens, Germany), Dirk Sterckx MEP (ALDE, Belgium), Pascal Smet, representative of the Ministers of Transportation of Belgium, Maria Krautzberger , Permanent Secretary in the Berlin Senate.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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