Increasing individual traffic, bad conditions of transport infrastructure, safety issues, noise, and air pollution – for decades, the capitals of the Western Balkan have been facing a broad range of concerns on their transport situation. Suffering from these conditions, cities all over the Western Balkan have started to rethink their urban mobility approach over the past years. The SUMSEEC II project of the Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe – Energy Efficiency (ORF-EE) has supported capitals of the region in developing and implementing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).
The development of SUMPs is actively promoted by the European Union. The plans foresee an interdisciplinary approach to mobility: SUMPs require good cooperation between different policy areas and sectors, as well as the transparent involvement of civil society.
In spring 2019, Tirana, Sarajevo and Podgorica have started the process of their SUMP development and there has been significant progress in the capitals’ transport planning since. Despite the limitations in free movement and for meetings since the outbreak of the Corona-Virus, the SUMP development in the region is currently still taking big steps forward.