SMILE – First national meeting with representatives of government of the Republic of Serbia, Development Agency of Serbia and Regional Development Agencies
On the November 15th 2018, the meeting with representatives of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Development Agency of Serbia and Regional Development Agencies has been organized at Zlatibor, Serbia, in order to initiate dialog with the regional and national decision makers, and their association about topics and issues outlined in the survey conducted within SMILE project.
Mr Slobodan Petrović, director of the Regional Development Sector in Serbian Development Agency opened the event. He greeted the present and emphasised the importance of sustainable mobility in the Republic of Serbia. Republic of Serbia and other governmental levels carry an important role in reforming and harmonising work in the field of sustainable mobility, through implementation of European standards in social, economic, and environmental aspects.
After introduction, RDA Banat presented the SMILE project, its objectives, activities, expected results, necessary target groups, and key elements of the project. One of the focuses for RDA Banat in the region will be highlighting the methodology of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). RDA Banat plans to develop a SUMP during the project.
During the discussion, a representative of the Ministry of Economy stressed out, that through an inter-sectoral approach, they are putting efforts in reducing fossil-powered car use, increasing use of sustainable public transport, cycling, and walking. The participants concluded that all parts of Serbia are not equally affected by traffic congestion, accidents, and pollution, but that the challenge must be addressed at the level of the country. It is crucial to support alike transport policies in future aims of reducing GHG emissions from transport, and to implement measures of sustainable mobility and reduction of GHG emissions.