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EPOMM is the European Platform on Mobility Management, a network of governments in European countries that are engaged in Mobility Management (MM). They are represented by the Ministries that are responsible for MM in their countries. EPOMM is organised as an international non-profit organisation with seat in Leuven at Mobiel 21.

Man­ag­ing mobil­i­ty for a bet­ter future

Our mobil­i­ty needs an effi­cient sus­tain­able trans­port sys­tem. How­ev­er, the vol­ume of trans­port has increased a lot over the years and this has led to a wide vari­ety of prob­lems, includ­ing envi­ron­men­tal, health and social bur­dens. These exter­nal effects threat­en Europe and its cit­i­zens as it con­flicts with the sus­tain-abil­i­ty goals in Europe. More­over, they chal­lenge the liv­abil­i­ty of Euro­pean cities and rur­al areas. How to deal with these con­cerns? Is there a way to make mobil­i­ty green­er to real­ize a sus­tain­able Europe with cities and rur­al areas that are pleas­ant places to be? There is a way to make mobil­i­ty sus­tain­able: by apply­ing mobil­i­ty man­age­ment, that is smart man­age­ment of mobil­i­ty needs.

Mobil­i­ty man­age­ment is an effec­tive tool for coun­ter­act­ing the sus­tain­abil­i­ty chal­lenges in trans­port. It is a cost-effec­tive tool towards envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly, healthy mobil­i­ty and effi­cient trans­port. This is also what a grow­ing body of evi­dence of good prac­tices shows: The smart way to sus­tain­able mobil­i­ty in Euro­pean coun­tries, regions and cities.

Mobil­i­ty is an impor­tant part of every­day life. It enables peo­ple to hunt for their dreams.

EPOMM’s strate­gic vision calls for mobil­i­ty man­age­ment as an inte­grat­ed part of mobil­i­ty and trans­port strate­gies and plans in nation­al poli­cies, as well as to pro­mote it on the Euro­pean scale and in cities and regions. Mem­bers of EPOMM have agreed on pro­mot­ing mobil­i­ty man­age­ment as the link­ing bridge between pol­i­cy and prac­tice and between urban, region­al, nation­al and Euro­pean deci­sion makers.

Fur­ther­more, the series of Euro­pean Con­fer­ences on Mobil­i­ty Man­age­ment – the ECOMMs – are the key events on mobil­i­ty man­age­ment in Europe. Their out­come doc­u­ments – like the Firen­ze Mes­sages, the Utrecht Dec­la­ra­tion, the Athens Res­o­lu­tion and the Maas­tricht Treaty – pro­vide strate­gic visions, guid­ance and rec­om­men­da­tions on how to devel­op, estab­lish and pro­mote mobil­i­ty man­age­ment as an effec­tive tool to make mobil­i­ty eco­nom­i­cal­ly viable, envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly and social­ly just.

EPOMM sets the agen­da for mobil­i­ty man­age­ment in Europe

The Dec­la­ra­tion of Utrecht (2015) calls for a broad pro­mo­tion of mobil­i­ty man­age­ment in Europe by giv­ing five strong pol­i­cy mes­sages to nation­al and EU pol­i­cy mak­ers, in par­tic­u­lar call­ing for devel­op­ing a Euro­pean Mas­ter­plan for Mobil­i­ty Man­age­ment“ based on the rich expe­ri­ences and good prac­tice of EPOMM Mem­ber States.

The Athens Res­o­lu­tion (2016), the out­come of the 20th edi­tion of the ECOMM, marks a new era. Mobil­i­ty man­age­ment has to play a key role tak­ing the chal­lenges of decar­bon­i­sa­tion and trans­for­ma­tion to a renew­able ener­gy based mobil­i­ty sys­tem, of a new urban agen­da, the reclaim­ing of pub­lic space for mak­ing cities more resilient, of shared mobil­i­ty, dig­i­tal­iza­tion and autonomous vehi­cles. It calls for a green deal for green mobil­i­ty being fun­da­men­tal to trans­form­ing mobil­i­ty and trans­port to deliv­er live­able and pros­per­ous cities with hap­py citizens. 

The EPOMM Treaty of Maas­tricht (2017) sets the scene for future action on mobil­i­ty man­age­ment: Dream Big, Think Big and Act on it togeth­er! With the Paris Agree­ment, coun­tries for the first time com­mit­ted them­selves glob­al­ly to ambi­tious cli­mate objec­tives. To real­ize these objec­tives and the trans­for­ma­tion, the trans­port sys­tem as a whole has to be man­aged in a clever and effi­cient way. How­ev­er, the trans­port plans are often still focus­ing on infra­struc­ture and tech­nolo­gies only.