Yesterday the CEI-Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES) chaired the kick-off meeting and first steering committee meeting of the newly launched MIMOSA (Maritime and multimodal sustainable passenger transport solutions and services). With a total budget of EUR 7,140,000.00, the 34-month project will improve the offer of multimodal sustainable passengers’ transport solutions and services, by promoting a new cross-border approach for passenger mobility in the programme area.
“The CEI-Executive Secretariat has been involved in EU-project implementation since 2004 and MIMOSA represents an important asset for CEI member countries since mobility in cross-border areas contributes to economic and social integration, which has always been among the CEI top priorities, ”said CEI Deputy Secretary General Nina Kodelja.
The CEI-ES, in its capacity as Lead Partner, comprehensively outlined the project’s cycle management and main technical activities to be developed with the 17 partners on board, ranging from public authorities, transport and infrastructure providers, business support organisations and higher education and research institutions. The project will mainly focus on bridging current gaps hindering the type and quality of transport connections between Italy and Croatia, by means of adopting multimodal solutions, innovative smart tools and technologies.
To this end, participants concentrated on targeted sessions: the University Ca' Foscari and the University of Rijeka presented the activities and methodology aimed at increasing the knowledge on passenger transport by means of surveys, interviews and field research, as well as several methods to better understand passengers’ habits and identify methods to change passengers’ behaviour, convincing them to opt for more sustainable transport modes.
The meeting witnessed the presentation of project pilot actions, consisting in the use of innovative electric light vehicles sharing services in the Emilia Romagna Region (Italy), the environment impact analysis related to passenger ships in the port of Rovinj (Croatia), a feasibility project on Abruzzo-Croatia sea link with an Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered ship, mapping on electric charging points.
Additionally, the partners will deliver a vademecum on the main best practices, infrastructures standards and services for the intermodality bike-public and collective transport in the Cross-border Cooperation (CBC) area, an operational plan for cycle tourism development and related website in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, an innovative mobile hub for sharing services, “bike-friendly” airports in Bari and Brindisi, parking equipment for e-bikes and solutions for upgrading bike lanes .
This first gathering officially started the organisation of the MIMOSA activities, and the large partnership will have the chance to meet again in Pula the first week of October.
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