Successful launch of EIT Urban Mobility in Barcelona to transform Europe’s cities into liveable spaces
On 19 November EIT Urban Mobility celebrated its Inauguration Event at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. The event represented the official start of this EIT Innovation Community, which aims to facilitate and fund the collaboration of cities, companies, knowledge and research institutes to create mobility solutions that will accelerate the transition towards more liveable urban spaces.
Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, said: “EIT Urban Mobility will improve the quality of life in cities, and have a positive impact on climate and economies. After a year of setting up our operations, we are now ready to kick off and turn plans into reality. We are ready to make a difference and to work towards making our cities more liveable for all citizens”.
Prior to the official inauguration event, a high-level dialogue of EIT Urban Mobility was held, offering the stage to the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, the Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala and the President of SEAT, Luca de Meo.
Subsequently, the celebration of the official inauguration took place, with approximately 150 participants. Inspiring opening speeches were given by the CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, Maria Tsavachidis, the coordinator of EIT Urban Mobility, Luís Gómez, the Rector of UPC, Francesc Torres, the Head of the European Commission representation in Barcelona, Ferran Tarradellas and the EIT Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Alice Fišer. This was followed by an interactive panel discussion with high level speakers representing the EIT Urban Mobility community, from universities, knowledge institutes, cities and industry. You can find all details of the event here.
The Inauguration Event marked a significant milestone for our partnership, representing the start of our acitvities to educate and inspire mobility solutions for 21st century cities.