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Regional ITS Conference

Regional ITS Conference in Skoplje “Towards Connected Future: Delivering Intelligent Transport Systems.”

The conference took place from 12 to 13 December 2023 in Skopje, North Macedonia, and brought together a diverse group of experts, policymakers, and stakeholders in the field of ITS but also the ministers in charge of transport from the 6 South East Europe Parties, together with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and high representatives from the European Commission (DG MOVE). The conference featured insightful sessions and discussions, culminating in the signing of the Declaration on Intelligent Transport Systems pledging the commitment to the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems.

The first day hosted high-level speakers, including the Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Secretaries in charge of transport, while the second day was reserved for technical sessions. Technical sessions featured panels on Intelligent Solutions for Road Transport, Innovations in Rail Transportation and multimodality solutions, and Intelligent Solutions for Waterborne Transport.

ITS Serbia members participated in the conference, sharing their experience with other fellow participants including ITS Austria and ERTICO representatives. ITS Serbia was presented during the discussion as a good example of the first ITS Nationals Network member in the region. Other regional partners representatives were interested to hear about the newest member, planned activities and future cooperation possibilities. ITS Serbia is grateful to the host of the conference – the Transport Community and all the participants for the warm welcome. We are looking forward to future events and joint activities in promoting the deployment of ITS technologies in the region.

ERTICO CEO hails micromobility development ahead of London event

The CEO of ERTICO – ITS Europe says the organisation is taking an active role in the development of micromobility as part of the diverse mobility mix to ensure their safe and efficient use across the continent.

Speaking ahead of a major “Focus On” Partnership event on the subject in London tomorrow, Thursday 7 December, Joost Vantomme explained that ERTICO is using its experience and expertise in innovation through technology, standards and regulation to help manage and promote the uptake ofnew transport modes. ERTICO is organising this event in close collaboration with the UK’s Transport Technology Forum with whom it signed an engagement plan at the ITS European Congress in Lisbon, May 2023.

“We don’t yet have an official definition of all these kinds of vehicles – ebikes, escooters, speed pedelecs, cargo bikes, tandems, velomobiles and their docking stations – it’s all very much market driven,” he said.  “Maybe that’s good for pioneering new things, not stigmatising too much through regulation, but there’s a call more and more for increased oversight from authorities.

“I will, in my speech, highlight the technology and regulatory elements to cook the meal the basic goal of safety, sustainability, and getting people towards diverse mobility modes.”

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