Functional Urban Areas (FUA) involved in
SMART COMMUTING, are territorial contexts situated in coastal and internal
areas of Central Europe, in which every day current unsustainable mobility
model materialize itself in rush hours through congested roads, air pollution,
CO2 emissions, noise, accidents.
It is due to various reasons: urban sprawl
instead of compact cities, work time schedule, inadequate intermodal systems,
poor railway infrastructure (in Slovenia). All this, combined with cultural
habits and bad sedentary lifestyle, has led to thousands of commuters using
daily cars instead of more sustainable means.
To change this situation, SMART COMMUTING
will foster coordination structure at FUA level by involving municipalities of
surrounding territories, Public Transport companies, etc. to achieve
sustainable planning at this challenging upper level and will promote also a
more internal coordination within municipalities (still largely missing).
Various joint actions - SWOT analysis,
institutional platform at FUA level, training and capacity building process,
pilot actions - will support the expected change, consisting of enhancement of
public sector's capacity of sustainable mobility planning and implementing,
combined with some immediate solutions to make involved FUAs more liveable,
free-carbon and attractive.
The transnational project context - a sort
of transnational result-oriented learning process - will enable each PP to
learn from pitfalls, drawback and barriers as well as from successful ideas of
other cities and countries, and also to learn how solutions work in different
The official start of the project was on
01.06.2017 and will last until the end of May 2020. Lead Project Partner is
Municipality of Rimini, followed by a consortium of additional 9 project
partners from 6 EU countries (Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Austria and
The SMART COMMUTING project is
financed by the European Union funding programme Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE. The total project budget is 1.555.337 EUR.
Municipality of Velenje as project partner will manage the amount of 167.029
EUR, from which 85% are co-financed by the EU and 15% by the Municipality of
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Additional information about the Program
The Interreg Program was launched in 1990
as a cornerstone of the EU Cohesion Policy. The Program provides a framework
for the implementation of collective actions and policy exchanges between
actors in different Member States. In the past years, the Interreg has evolved
and expanded, especially its budget and focus, and currently, comprehends three
different types of programs: cross-border, transnational and interregional. For
the programing period, 2014-2020, a total budget of 10.1 billion € is foreseen
and the investment priorities range from research and innovation,
information and communication technologies, competitiveness of SMEs, to
low-carbon economy, combating climate change, environment and resource efficiency,
sustainable transport, employment and mobility, social inclusion, education and
training and better public administration.
The Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE has an
available budget of 246 million € and it is part of the Interreg Transnational
Cooperation Program with a total budget 2.1 billion €. Its geographical scope
comprehends Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland,
Slovakia and Slovenia. The Program’s funding priorities are innovation to
increase competitiveness, low carbon strategies, natural and cultural resources
for sustainable growth and transport for better connection.