Toulouse, 31 May 2022. Around 80 Ministers, Mayors, Industry Leaders and Senior Representatives of national and Local Governments from 20 countries met in Toulouse on Monday 20 May to review how intelligent and green mobility can contribute to sustainable growth and a better quality of life and environment for all citizens. The ITS Policy Summit was a key highlight of the 2022 ITS European Congress, which has as its main theme: Smart and Sustainable Mobility for All. The participants enjoyed this opportunity to meet their European counterparts from all transport sectors to discuss common challenges and possible solutions. They also looked at emerging issues where closer collaboration could benefit all parties.
Nicholas Misiak, representing the Congress Host city of Toulouse, welcomed the guests to the ITS Summit saying, ‘We are so happy to welcome the ITS Community to Toulouse. Toulouse is certainly a city that offers all sides of innovation from the underground to space so it is the perfect city to host the largest European ITS mobility event under this year’s theme „Smart and Sustainable mobility for all“.
ERTICO–ITS Europe Chairman Dr. Angelos Amditis said, ‘The ITS Summit is a very productive way for ERTICO to gather the views of European cities, industry, decisions makers and other stakeholders to guide a future strategy for providing smarter, more sustainable and integrated mobility. This year the ITS Summit is focusing on data, which is the glue between transport and mobility, as well as the goldmine of the future transport system.
We need to harness the power of data and data sharing to enable the journey for Europe’s economic growth and societal development. Data holds the key to answering the needs of our sectors with better decision making and greater efforts to ensure that all players cooperate within a fair and secure data framework. ERTICO welcomes and strongly collaborates with the efforts and goals of the European Commission in this area.‘
The goal of the ITS Summit is to encourage unrestricted cross-sector discussion on transport concerns and priorities at the city level, to identify best practice and publicise it, pinpoint the barriers to delivering policies or services and establish if they are well understood or need research.
This year’s ITS Summit in Toulouse focused on exploring the practical aspects of the Mobility Data Space – a data-sharing community for everyone who is looking to build the future of mobility.
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