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SUMP Türkiye Continues Its Activities! The countdown for Green and White Policy papers has started!

The "European Union Support for Sustainable Urban Mobility in Turkish Cities" (SUMP Türkiye), one of the important projects under the scoop of USOP, has continued its activities in March 2024 by carrying out important institutional activities aimed at capacity building and policy dialogue, as well as communication activities to increase the number of stakeholders day by day.

The first of these events was the 2nd Physical Training of SUMP Türkiye, held in Ankara on 6-7 March 2024, with 34 participants from metropolitan municipalities and government organisations. The training was titled "Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning and Resilient Cities - 2", and the first day focused on sharing knowledge and experiences on SUMP development, data collection, analysis, monitoring and transportation modelling. On the second day, the transition processes from planning to SUMP implementation were emphasised and critical elements such as national support, governance and financing were discussed.

On 13 March 2024, SUMP Türkiye 2nd Policy Dialogue Event was held with the participation of representatives from the stakeholder organisations of the project. Following the opening speeches of Kayhan Özüm, Deputy Secretary General of Union of Municipalities of Türkiye and Dr. Göktuğ Kara, Transport Policy and Climate Change Team Coordinator of the Delegation of the European Union to Türkiye, project experts made their presentations on the Green and White Policy Papers, which are among the main outputs of the project. Through the presentations, project stakeholders were informed about the content of the Green Policy Paper, the transition process from the Green Policy Paper to the White Policy Paper and the development process of the White Policy Paper. Comments and opinions were received from stakeholders on the Green Policy Paper, and the course of the process and the contents of the Policy Papers were discussed.


Following the 2nd Policy Dialogue Event, the 7th meeting of the SUMP Türkiye Task Force was held on 13 March 2024. The meeting brought together representatives from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate for EU Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Urbanisation and Climate Change, and ILBANK and focused on the White Paper process and next steps.

The 14th Online Training of SUMP Türkiye was held on 27 March 2024 between 11:00-16:00, with the participation of 129 people. The title was “Planning for a Sustainable and Resilient Urban Mobility System, Part 3”, and the moderator of the training was Marko Stančec, a project expert. With presentations from local and international experts, the training covered topics such as vehicle access regulations as part of integrated mobility policies in smart and resilient cities, sustainable urban mobility systems and urban nodes, and the role of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in planning for sustainable and resilient urban mobility.