Barcelona chosen to head European sustainable mobility project
Catalan capital selected by European Institute of Innovation and Technology as main host of new urban innovation center
As head of the 'MOBILus' consortium, Barcelona has been chosen by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), ahead of rival European cities like Amsterdam, to lead a new innovation group that will work on urban mobility.
"This innovation center groups together all the research on sustainable mobility being done in universities and brings it to industry," said the Barcelona council's head of mobility and infrastructure, Manuel Valdés.
The new project, due to become operational from 2020, also involves centers in Copenhagen, Prague, Munich and the Dutch city of Helmond. The MOBiLus group led by Barcelona's local government includes firms like BMW, Siemens and TomTom.
"First significant recognition"
According to Valdés, the project is the "first significant recognition" for the consortium headed by Barcelona: "We see it as a recognition of the application of sustainability policies in the city, which are also reflected on street level," he added.
"We see it as a recognition of the application of sustainability policies in the city, which are also reflected on street level"
Manuel Valdés · Barcelona council's head of mobility and infrastructure
However, it will take until 2020 before the necessary structure is in place to begin work on the project's main objective, which is to allow Europe to compete with superpowers like the US or China in providing technological solutions in the area of urban mobility.
The estimated funding of some 1.6 billion euros will come from the European Union as well as companies and institutions taking part in the project. Local partners include Catalonia's Polytechnic University (UPC) and auto-manufacturer, Seat.
A meeting of the consortium is scheduled to take place on December 12 with representatives of all 48 partners in the group and Barcelona mayor, Ada Colau.