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Nominees European Mobility Week Award 2004

For the second time, the European Mobility Week Award wants to reward local authorities activities organised in the framework of the European Mobility Week (EMW). Out of the long list that was published on 27 April, 3 cities have now been nominated by the jury for the EMW Award 2004: Almada (Portugal), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), and Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Supported by the European Commission (DG Environment), the European Mobility Week (EMW) is a major initiative to promote sustainable urban transport, and to raise public awareness of the need to reduce private car use in cities and towns across Europe. The second EMW took place from 16 to 22 September 2003. The jury long-listed ten cities out of 40 applicants. From these ten cities, the jury chose Almada (Portugal), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) and Ljubljana (Slovenia) as outstanding examples of successful awareness raising campaigns and nominees for the EMW award 2004. The expert jury consisted of Sophie Beaumont from the European Disability Forum, John Porter from Interactions Ltd, Evelyne Sauvage from Langzaam Verkeer, Erika Jangen from the European Commission, Karen Vancluysen and Ivo Cré from ACCESS-EUROCITIES, Jean-Pierre Vallar from Energie-Cités, Ulrike Janssen from Climate Alliance of European Cities and Jean-Louis Plazy from ADEME. The city of Almada in Portugal was selected as nominee for its excellent combination of appetizers for a new mobility culture and the creation of new partnerships for a long-term sustainable transport policy. One of the major successes of Almadas Week was the broad participation of citizens in the planning of a new tram system, presenting an exhibition and involving citizens in debates, workshops and opinion surveys. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain developed a comprehensive programme with activities dedicated to the promotion of different sustainable transport modes. A broad range of information and services was dedicated to the focal theme accessibility. In order to facilitate life for persons with reduced mobility, permanent measures like adapted traffic lights for blind people, special public transport vehicles and more restrictive parking regulations were implemented. Ljubljana in Slovenia organised an intense European Mobility Week programme. Environment was one of the key topics. Throughout the Week, the Environmental Protection Institute communicated measurements of noise and air pollution, accompanied by information on health and environment and the benefits of movement. A highlight in the programme was the In town without my car! on a working Monday 22 September, when the city centre was closed to car traffic from 5.00 am to midnight. On the 1st of June, the EMW award 2004 will be presented by Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström at the Green Week Gala in Brussels.,MORE INFORMATION:,European Info Point: ACCESS EUROCITIES for a New Mobility Culture,Tel: + 32 2 552 08 75/74, e-mail: k.vancluysen@eurocities.be; e-mail: i.cre@eurocities.be ,European Mobility Week website: http://www.mobilityweek-europe.org,Green Week website: http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/greenweek/index_en.htm

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Spain, Portugal