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European Mobility Week Showed Active Progress with Record Participation from Türkiye

Within the scope of the 'European Union Support Project for Sustainable Urban Mobility in Cities (SKUp Turkey)’, financed by the Republic of Türkiye and the European Union (EU), of which the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure is the Contracting Authority and the Union of Municipalities of Turkey is the End Beneficiary, many events were held between 16-22 September during the European Mobility Week. On Car Free Day, where more than 3,000 municipalities organized events this year, exploring cities on foot and increasing the use of bicycles were encouraged. In addition, the number of official applications from Türkiye for the European Mobility Week official events reached 670 this year as a record.

The week started on September 16, with European Mobility Week videos of the President of the Union of Municipalities of Türkiye Yücel Yılmaz, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Türkiye Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut and the opening speech video of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs Ambassador Mehmet Kemal Bozay,and being broadcasted  on the @trmobilityweek social media account via IG TV, and the opening ceremony of Kocaeli, Ankara, Izmir, Konya and Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipalities were broadcasted on IG TV in the afternoon of the same day. It continued its activities via live broadcast. in the IG TV live broadcast with Isabelle Vandoorne, Deputy Head of the EU Innovation and Research Unit, on September 17, the issue of sustainable urban transportation in the EU was discussed. In the IG TV live broadcast on September 18, the future of sustainable urban transportation models was discussed with Futurist Writer and Economist influencer Ufuk Tarhan. In the IG TV live broadcasts on September 19, interviews were held with EU Delegation Team Coordinator of Transport Policy and Climate Change  Göktuğ Kara (PhD)  on the sustainable transportation projects of the Delegation in Türkiye, and with the Head of Department for EU Investments of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure / IPA Director Tijen İğci (PhD) about the projects carried out by the Ministry. On September 20, ENVERÇEVKO Association President and Bicycle Strategies expert Feridun Ekmekci and on September 21, Turkish Cycling Federation President Emin Müftüoğlu gave information about bicycle paths and practices in Türkiye  via IG TV live broadcasts.

“Discover Your City - Save Energy” was determined as the theme for 2023 and events were held within this scope. SKUp Turkey project, which aims to make European Mobility Week a widely recognized brand event throughout Türkiye and to spread its achievements throughout the year, will continue its work on sustainable urban mobility until August 2025.