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Commission advocates smarter urban mobility to combat climate change and boost Europe's economy

Date: 13/11/2015

On Friday 9 October, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, responsible for the Energy Union,and Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, joined Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc in Ljubljana to participate in the forum of CIVITAS , a network of 240 European cities. Together they reiterated the Commission's commitment to smart and sustainable urban mobility, in line with President Juncker's remark that the fight against climate change will be won or lost in cities. Commissioner Bulc and Vice-President Šefčovič notably hosted an event on decarbonisation, focusing on electrification and digitalisation of urban transport. Vice-President Katainen presented how the new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Commission's Investment Plan, can financially support innovative urban mobility projects.

Commissioner Bulc said: "The EU will only reach its decarbonisation objectives by enabling a shift towards sustainable urban mobility. Yet smart and innovative solutions also have the potential of creating thousands of jobs and boosting growth. My presence today, along with two Vice-Presidents, illustrates the Commission's willingness to work across the areas and to pool all efforts to reach this objective. I invite all cities to join us in this."

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