Sustainable urban mobility in the Mediterranean: From planning to tangible solutions

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Seminar organised in the framework of the General Assembly of MedCities and the Urban Transports Community project of Interreg MED

On December 1st, 2021 it will be held in Montpellier (France) and online the seminar: Sustainable urban mobility in the Mediterranean: From planning to tangible solutions.

Cities are a strategic player in the fight against climate change. Transforming the way citizens and goods move across and within cities can make a great contribution to the reduction of emissions and improvement of air quality, among others. Planning urban mobility and implementing solutions with a sustainable vision is a fundamental step in this much needed ecological transition. The approaches to sustainable mobility planning have been long discussed in Europe, but what is the reality and the needs in the cities of the southern Mediterranean basin? How to ensure their contribution to the development of sustainable and socially inclusive urban mobility?

Concrete experiences and urban mobility plans deployed in the Mediterranean will be presented in this seminar, alongside experts in the field who will frame the discussion by reflecting on the links between urban transformation and transport plans, the social dimension of mobility or the governance and funding aspect behind it.

The alternatives to private motorised vehicle, still strongly present in Mediterranean cities, are numerous and we will pay attention to concrete and innovative solutions developed in the field of active mobility or public transport, by sharing experiences coming from member cities as well as a study visit hosted by the city of Montpellier.

This workshop, organised as a complement to the General Assembly of MedCities, is part of the Urban Transports Community (UTC) project, of which MedCities acts as leader, of the European INTERREG MED program, and aims to promote innovative solutions on sustainable mobility in the Mediterranean. The project has identified twenty solutions and experiences with a high potential for replicability in various fields of sustainable urban mobility, including planning aspects, and has recently published a document of recommendations advocating for active mobility in Mediterranean cities.


  • Promote learning and knowledge exchange between the member cities of the network around sustainable urban mobility and actionable solutions in the Mediterranean.
  • Encourage the compromise of MedCities member cities in favour of sustainable mobility as an essential trigger in the fight against climate change and for social cohesion.
  • Strengthen collaborative links between member cities, facilitate future cooperation agreements and plan for new initiatives within the network.


8h45 – 9h00 Registration

9h00 – 9h30 Welcome

Mr Mustapha El Bakkouri, President of the city council of Tetuan and President of MedCités

Mr Josep Canals Molina, Secretary General of MedCités Representative of the Montpellier city council

9h30 – 11h00 Principles and lessons learnt about sustainable mobility planification

Key contributions and defining aspects of sustainable mobility planning

Mr Jean-Jacques Helluin, General Delegate of CODATU

Sharing of experiences and initiatives by member cities : Municipality of Sfax (Tunisia), Municipality of Larnaka (Cyprus), City council of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Exchange and discussion

11h00 – 11h30 Coffee Break

11h30 – 13h00 Tangible solutions for a low carbon mobility

Presentation of experiences, projects and solutions by member cities : Greater Irbid Municipality (Jordan), City council of Valencia (Spain), Mersin Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey), Durres Municipality (Albania).

Intervention by Professor Mohammad Naser, University of Jordan (UNIMED member)

Exchange and discussion

13h00 – 13h15 Conclusions and closing of morning session

13h15 – 14h30 Lunch break

14h30 - 15h00 The sustainable mobility policy of the city of Montpellier

Plans, lessons learnt and vision for 2030

15h00 – 17h00 Study visit to Montpellier’s innovative sustainable mobility interventions

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For further information, you can contact Laia Vinyes Marcé (, Project Officer at MedCities