Strategic planning to increase sustainable transport in weak areas

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    Ivo TartagliaIvo Tartaglia

    The Province of Livorno is at an advanced stage of preparing the Application Form for a proposal (“Spiderwebs”) on mobility planning at Provincial, Municipalities’ Union or other appropriate territorial level, in response to EuroMED call ending on 27 October 2022.
    Partners from Portugal, Bosnia Herzegovina and Greece have already indicated their interest to participate. We are also awaiting confirmation from a Slovenian partner.
    I and my team will be delighted if you would consider a possible participation as partner to the initiative.

    Here below a synopsis of the project idea and partner details.

    Should the above meet your interest, kindly send to us an initial acknowledgement at your earliest convenience. Our intent is to invite you to the next online call of the partners on 29th September at 14:30 am CET.

    Awaiting your reply, kind regards.

    Irene Nicotra

    EuroMED 2021-2027 – II Call


    Thematic project : TESTING
    Priority: 2. Greener Mediterranean
    S.O. 2.4 Promoting climate change adaptation and disaster risk prevention, resilience, taking into account eco-system-based approaches

    To date, the main tool implemented by the European Commission and adopted by the various countries to plan mobility is the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan-SUMP with the ELTIS Guidelines updated in 2019. This instrument, typical of urban areas only, is mandatory for larger municipalities with different thresholds between different Mediterranean countries (in Italy and France, for example, the legislation obliges municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants to draw up SUMPs, in Portugal this obligation applies to municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants). Consequently, there are entire territories in which mobility is managed by medium-small municipalities that have limited resources, do not receive National and European aid (resources are often limited to those municipalities with a SUMP obligation), and with scarce human resources to carry out projects and planning activities that often requires considerable effort.
    There is, therefore, a real ‘black hole’ in mobility planning, which can only be covered by providing for large area SUMPs that can be managed by the provinces or by municipalities’ unions, capable of coordinating small-medium municipalities and to provide them with indispensable and necessary skills and support.
    SPIDERWEBS project, going through the various phases of a SUMP, intends to 1) analyse the peculiarities of such diffused areas with respect to the European SUMP Guidelines and 2) test local cooperation actions, solutions, tools, simulation methods in the various Mediterranean conditions in order to assess their applicability and effectiveness with regard to the various regulatory, territorial and social realities, 3) to be able to build tools to extend the application of the achieved results to other Mediterranean realities in order to increase the capacity to plan tailor-made sustainable mobility.
    The project intends both to provide a general methodology that is the result of the tests and their application in different countries, and to generalise it and highlight possible problems and advantages on the basis of each territorial specificities involved (territories with important port nodes, territories with predominantly residential characteristics, territories with a purely industrial development, territories with a rural/mountainous/island character, etc.).

    The above project concept is being proposed by the Province of Livorno (Italy).
    For ease of communication,. expression of interest to participate in the project, made by a potential partner being a mobility policy holder at provincial or Union of Municipalities’ or other territorial level or an entity conversant with the project topic and capable of influencing such type of policy, should be addressed to:
    Irene Nicotra –
    Michela Chiti –
    Ivo Tartaglia –

    Maria TsagkatakiMaria Tsagkataki

    Dear, Irene

    The Municipality of Heraklion is interested to be a partner in your proposal. We would like to have more information and details on the development of your project idea.

    Heraklion is the capital of Crete, one of the most economically active towns in the wider region. Also is fourth largest city in Greece. According to the results of the 2021 census, the municipality’s population is 157.452 people.

    Mobility is our priority; we succeed to get closer to our missions through operations such as ECORouTs operation, which seeks the pilot introduction of a fleet of electric vehicles & buses, and C-IZEBs operation (Cooperative Intelligent education & electromobility Zero Energy Buildings) in which he deliverable was “Installation of Charging Stations and Electric Minibus Supply”.

    In March 2011, the Municipality of Heraklion signed the Mayors’ Pact, which is an ambitious initiative to involve local authorities and citizens in reducing energy consumption, saving resources and upgrading the quality of life of citizens. This European Commission’s main objective is to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020. For this purpose, the Sustainable Energy Action Plan was developed as a tool for identifying and certifying the energy policy of the Municipality and its intention to achieve the above objective. The participation of the Municipality of Heraklion following the proposal of the Energy Centre of the Region of Crete for the Covenant Capacity project, co-funded by the Europe – Intelligent Energy Program, is an important part of the training of the SDAE and aims to support the development of Action Plans On Sustainable Energy in Europe. In recent years, institutional players in the city, as well as public and private organisations have worked together more closely to promote and capitalise on the benefits of the city. Heraklion has an economy with comparative advantages in the agro-food sector and tourism. Emerging sectors of the economy are the Environment / Energy and innovation / new technologies sectors.

    The Heraklion Municipality is currently implementing many projects regarding energy efficiency in public buildy, transportation. Since this is a priority for the municipality, we consider your proposal an assent to the strategic orientation.

    To be able to consider possible collaboration please contact us on


    Maria Tsagkataki

    Municipality of Heraklion Crete
    Directorate of Planning, Programming and ICT
    European Programmes Dept.
    66, Ikarou Av., Crete, Greece
    tel. 0030 2813409199, 0030 2813409221

    Luka DragojevicLuka Dragojevic

    Dear Ivo,

    We are writing to you on behalf of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and your project proposal seems very interesting.

    The Primorje-Gorski Kotar County is located in the Western part of the Republic of Croatia, at the point of encounter of the blue Northern Adriatic and the green mountainous region of Gorski Kotar. The Primorje-Gorski Kotar County is a unit of regional self-government encompassing 14 cities and 22 municipalities with total population of 265.419. The seat of the County is in Rijeka. The County performs its activities through 11 departments with regional competences dealing with spatial and urban planning, regional development, tourism, entrepreneurship, rural development, sports, culture, technical culture, youth, planning and development of network of educational, health, social and cultural institutions. As regional authority County has implemented over 20 INTERREG projects including EnerNETmob, BLUEISLANDS (INTERREG Med), REFRESH, FOCUS IN CD (INTERREG Central Europe) EnerMOB, FUTURE 4.0 (INTERREG Adrion), MOSES ARCA ADRIATICA, Adri.SmArtFish, ARGOS, AdriPromTour, ARTVISION +, Joint SECAP, EXCOVER, FRAMESPORT (INTERREG Italy-Croatia), CARNIVORA DINARICA, GREENMOBILE, CLAUSTRA + (INTERREG Slovenia- Croatia) as well as SCREEN as SIMPLA projects (HORIZON 2020).

    We remain at your disposal for any further requirements.

    Best regards


    Dear Ivo

    We are writing to you on behalf of the Association of Municipalities of Camp de Turia (Mancomunidad de Municipios del Camp de Turia), an association of 17 municipalities with more than 160.000 inhabitants in the Autonomous Community of Valencia on the east coast of Spain. They have experience in projects related to circular economy and sustainability and they are now in the process of commitment to the European Green Deal and the reduction of carbon footprint, so they would be really interested in a project like this. They also are signatories of the Mayor´s Pact which is an ambitious initiative to involve local authorities and citizens in reducing energy consumption, saving resources and upgrading the quality of life of citizens

    If you have possibility of joining the consortium yet, please contact us at the following email:


    MTU Projects OfficeMTU Project Office

    Dear Provincia di Livorno,

    We are contacting you from the Metropolitan Tirana University in Albania in response to your SpiderWebs Proposal.

    As a University we are very interested in your project focus and we would like to discuss with you the possibility to join a future c consortium as a partner to conduct research and pilot activities and solutions in the field of mobility.

    Our staff has previous experience in Alternative Mobility Solutions and we welcome any opportunity to further research in this field.

    Looking forward discussing with you the possibility of a Collaboration.

    Beatrice and MTU Projects Office

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