The European Commission would like to thank all 110 participants and 40 speakers who took part in the successful and dynamic event: 'The future of mobility in European cities: Graz Forum contributing to the EU's Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA)', that was held on 26-27 November 2018. This event was convened under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Graz, Austria. The city of Graz and Steiermark Region organised a very interesting additional day of site visits of smart mobility projects, companies and research organisations in the Steiermark region.
The outcomes of this event will form the basis for 'Action Plan on R&I in Smart (urban) mobility services' with 15-20 strategic recommendations for smart mobility actions that lead to decarbonisation by 2030 and 2050. These actions can be implemented by the EC, by local-regional-national levels, by companies and by research or other organisations.
This Action Plan is planned for publication mid-2019, and will be prepared by the EC (DG MOVE) assisted by 3 rapporteurs Florian Lennert, Fred Dotter and Elena Patatouka.
All key points discussed in the event's 27 working sessions are summarised here.
Invitation to contribute additional ideas, materials and other improvements
The organisers and rapporteurs would like to invite anyone to provide additional ideas, materials, and other improvements. Many people could not come to Graz, and you are especially encouraged to submit your inputs here by 25 January 2019:
The EC and the rapporteurs will publish a draft action plan document late February-March 2019, for which there will be another wide consultation. The final draft of the action plan will be presented, discussed and validated late April 2019 (TBC) at a workshop in Brussels that is open to all.
The Graz Forum follows up on the Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA) as part of the first European Mobility Package of 2017. This document – which drew on the know-how of European transport experts - presents a forward-looking agenda for research and innovation in transport, where 'Smart mobility and services' was one of 7 priorities.
This event featured collaborative working sessions in the 5 priority areas of the STRIA roadmap on 'Smart mobility and services': (1) Drones and low-altitude aerial mobility, (2) Establish better operating models, (3) Development of integrated mobility systems, (4) Sharing Data and Infrastructure and (5) Future interoperability.