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As we have written before, the Interreg Europe Programme organizes online events and webinars for the economic development and environmental sustainability of the European Union, as part of the Policy Learning Platform service of the Programme. At these events, in addition to the speeches of well-known experts in the given topic, the Good Practices of the projects granted by the Programme will also be presented.

On the afternoon of 07 March 2024, the Policy Learning Platform event called “Green and Inclusive Transport” took place. The South Transdanubia Regional Innovation Agency also participated in the webinar, as the project participated by the Agency and called “PROMOTER” was approved for funding in the fisrt call for proposals of the Programme.

The online event made it clear that mobility promoting green and social inclusion brings tangible benefits primarily in rural areas. In these areas, there is a significant demand for adequate quality and frequency of transport, and the accessibility of the most important regional centers underlines this need. In many cases, the quality or the lack of rural transport infrastructure in itself works against the better and faster access to the city. In addition to all this, the rural population is in a more disadvantaged position in many respects and can be considered segregated from many social points of view. For them, a high-quality mobility service is of decisive importance.

As far as specific Good Practices are concerned, the SMAPE Interreg Europe project made it clear that car sharing in non-urban areas is of great importance, from several points of view. It provides flexible, timetable-independent transport, at the same time it requires conscious action planning so that the rural population can make use of it to an increasingly significant extent every year. In addition to action planning, the role of communication cannot be underestimated. Vehicle ownership is lower in rural areas, so it is also necessary to use municipal fleets. The role of sharing these vehicles is also very important because it has lower emissions from an environmental point of view, and is also financially more favorable, since shared mobility is cheaper mobility. In addition, traditional car sharing must be promoted in rural areas.

The Cycling Waterways Interreg Europe project investigated the impact of cycling on connecting rural areas and stimulating local tourism. According to their experience, this requires a more advanced cycling infrastructure and the establishment of lower speed limits on sections connected to road traffic. It is also important to expand public transport (e.g. with regard to the better transportability of bicycles) and to make better use of common points or synergies between public transport and bicycle transport.

The Lead Partner of the PROMOTER Interreg Europe project, Province of Livorno, developed the goodGO application (https://www.goodgo.app/) in cooperation with several Italian partners. The application serves both local residents and visiting tourists. Its basic idea is to identifying the means of public transport (airplane, bus, trolleybus, railway) to be used, and at the same time to facilitate the arrival at the specific destination from the network endpoints of public transport means used with further transport solutions that ensure a low emission in environmental terms.

In the second half of the event, an overview of transport solutions responding to specific needs (demand response solutions) took place through the examples of the Saarland (Germany), Catalonia (Spain) and Coimbra District (Portugal). It was followed by the debate of the speakers ont he topics addressed.

The participation of the South Transdanubia Regional Innovation Agency in the Interreg Europe Programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Hungary.