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European Union Study Tour on Urban Mobility and Air Quality

The European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE)  has contracted Ecorys Netherlands and The Institute for Transportation and Development (ITDP) China to organise a study tour for Chinese experts as part  of their efforts to  sustainable urban mobility in China.

The European Union (The European Commission and its 28 Member States) have an on-going relationship with China inter alia on sustainable urban mobility as part of the  EU/China Urbanisation Partnership. Sustainable urban transport development and improvement of urban air quality are widely acknowledged as key global challenges of the 21st century, particularly in the upcoming developing countries. Europe has a unique and widely respected experience in the field of urban mobility and sustainable urban mobility planning. The European Commission is actively working to protect human health and improve citizens' quality of life and strengthen the economy by promoting sustainable urban mobility and increased use of clean and energy efficient vehicles.

The EU Study Tour

The study tour will take place from the 12th till the 21st of January 2015. Fifteen high level Chinese experts from private sector, local governments, the Ministry of Transport and universities will join the Study visit to learn from EU experience and expertise on sustainable urban mobility and related air quality. 

The study tour aims to help improve urban air quality in China and will focus on the following:
• Presentation of main achievements;
• Success stories and case studies presented by several cities;
• Site visits to best practice projects;
• Opportunities for EU assistance on Urban Mobility topics;

With the cordial cooperation of the cities and sites to be visited, Ecorys Netherlands in cooperation with ITDP China have planned a tour that covers a broad range of EU sustainable urban mobility solutions, ranging from cycling, clean vehicles till mobility, traffic and demand management. 
The cities to be visited are Brussels, Gent, Antwerp (Belgium), Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht (Netherlands) and Aachen (Germany).
The expert speakers during the site visits are local representatives, - experts or - stakeholders.


The organisers are confident that the tour will provide the Chinese guests with a wealth of information, knowledge, inspiration, new contacts and opportunities for co-operation  which will be highly relevant and useful for their work on sustainable urban mobility and related air quality in China. Furthermore, it is expected that the visit will stimulate exchange and future cooperation between the experts of the visiting Chinese experts and the visited cities and sites.

More information:

ITDP China
Bram van Ooijen
T + 86 15626406926

Ecorys Netherlands
Rob Jeuring
T +31 (0)20 638 97 56 
M +31 (0)6 509 236 83