The Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities (SCTM) announced today that, in cooperation with the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, it will organize an information workshop on the occasion of the European Mobility Week from September 16 to 22, 2021.
At today’s meeting, an agreement was signed on the allocation of financial incentives to the city of Krusevac as a local community that has contributed the most to the improvement of sustainable urban mobility in 2020. Representatives of cities and municipalities received detailed information on the topic of this year’s campaign “Sustainable Mobility for a Healthier Life”, as well as the support of national campaign coordinators that will be provided in the preparation and implementation of the program of activities.
The workshop was organized within the program “Support to local governments on the road to the EU, the second phase”, which is financed by the Government of Sweden.
Assistant Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Djordje Milic said that sustainable urban mobility is one of the most important components of the future Strategy for Sustainable Urban Development in Serbia.
“Today, by awarding incentive funds to Krusevac on the basis of a previously announced public competition, we, as the Ministry, encourage sustainable urban mobility as a very important component of the future development of local self-government units,” Milic said.
He pointed out that it is important that sustainable urban mobility becomes a regular thing that is planned in local urban plans, as well as that it is important to promote a new doctrine in planning, and that is the resilience of cities.
“By encouraging sustainable urban mobility, we are making an active contribution to reducing carbon dioxide production, which is important from the point of view of a sustainable concept of development in Serbia,” said Milić.
According to him, as citizens, we must change the habit of one person driving in one vehicle, that vehicles will be used to the maximum, as well as that vehicles with internal combustion will be newer generations.
“We have to encourage public transport, bicycle transport, means of transport that use electricity. Public transport must be based on the use of electric vehicles, trolleybuses, trams,” the assistant minister explained.
The city of Krusevac, as a local self-government, contributed the most to the improvement of sustainable urban mobility in 2020, received incentive funds in the amount of one million dinars, and Assistant Mayor Ivan Parezanovic said that Krusevac planned to use the funds for public transport incentives.
“Bus stops will be made, then bicycle stops, we will work on the promotion of public transport,” said Parezanović.
He added that sustainable urban mobility has been current in Krusevac for years, emphasizing that the city is also the winner of the European award in this area.
“We are currently working on expanding the network of bicycle paths, favoring public transport, all in terms of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and reducing the effects of climate change,” Parezanovic concluded.
In addition to Krusevac, the event awarded letters of thanks to the municipalities of Nis, Vranje, Osecina, Novi Sad, Sabac, Kikinda, Belgrade and Cajetina, which participated in this year’s public call of the Ministry for granting incentives.