European Mobility Week launched towards sustainable transport
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European Mobility Week has been launched by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg.
This includes the competitions for this year’s EMW, which will be taking place between the 16th and the 22nd September 2018.
Minister Borg explained that “with the continuous investment in, and improvement of, the public transport service, we have already seen the extension of the tallinja card for use on ferries, an investment which will be put towards ferry landing sites, the provision of free public transport for all youths between 16 and 20 years of age and the pilot project of free Wi-Fi on 50 buses.”
He also announced that the cycling policy currently being finalised will soon be open for public consultation, and it was here that he referred to the theme given to this annual week for this year, which is ‘Mix and Move,’ towards the concept of intermodal transport.
Minister Borg said that the first competition is open for local councils in Gozo and Malta and NGOs for the organisation of activities related to sustainable mobility throughout the European Mobility Week. Every winner can receive between €1,500 and €2,500 and the competition primarily addresses the organisation of activities related to this principle (including the car free day).
He said that the second competition is on a larger scale and is open to local councils to propose permanent measures for sustainable mobility which need to be implemented between October 2018 and September 2019.
In this case, the winner will take up to €51,500 and the runner-up can take up to €31,500. The aim of the European Mobility Week is to foster the idea of long-term strategic planning at locality level in the sustainable transport sector.
The Minister concluded his statement by encouraging councils and NGOs to come forward with proposals, which he said, “can continue helping the Government’s work towards mobility which endorses the principles of a better environment.”
Photograph: DOI/Clodagh Farrugia O’Neill