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Towards sustainable urban mobility: Joint UITP/ETF Statement

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Introduction

EU Institutions should take action to promote sustainable urban mobility

UITP and ETF welcome the Own Initiative Report of the European Parliament on Sustainable Urban Mobility and encourage the Commission to take this opportunity to strongly promote and support action at local level in this area with a European added value.

Taking into account the growing proportion of Europe’s population living in cities, the ambitious European Union targets in terms of climate change, economic growth and job creation can only be achieved by action in urban areas. From the experience of the European Social Partners UITP and ETF, the challenges faced by cities are similar across Europe: poor air quality, ageing population, physical inactivity (obesity, cardio-vascular disease), noise, congestion, social exclusion, a lack of funds for investment, etc.

Although the policy responses in local areas will be different for historical, cultural and topographic reasons among others, a wider use of public transport can help tackle many of these challenges at once.

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