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Budapest wins European Mobility Week Award

March 03, 2009

The city of Budapest (Hungary), has been judged to have raised the most public awareness during European Mobility Week 2008. 

EU Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potocnik, presented the European Mobility Week Award 2008 at the ceremony in Brussels (Belgium), on 23 February.

An independent panel of experts found that Budapest had actively highlighted the twin issues of air pollution from traffic and promoting cleaner alternatives. Amongst other activities was a “Clever Commuting Race” for VIP’s to demonstrate the efficiency of public transport, an open-air exhibition of clean and energy-efficient vehicles, a conference on air quality and noise mapping, an action day on sustainable shopping and a “Day of the Pedestranised Areas”, promoting the pleasures of walking in the historical city centre along the banks of the Danube [read the press release]

Ten cities were shortlisted for the award: Almada (Portugal), Budapest (Hungary), Burgos (Spain), Cork, Galway (Ireland), Krakow (Poland), La Rochelle (France), Murcia (Spain), Ponferrada (Spain) and Zagreb (Croatia).

Three 'best of the best' were then retained as finalists, Almada (Portugal), Zagreb (Croatia) and the eventual winner Budapest (Hungary). All three cities are ICLEI members.

A combined population of 218 million people took part in European Mobility Week (EMW) 2008, whose theme was 'Clean air for all."

European Mobility Week 2009 will be held from 16 - 22 September.