Action Plan

8th workshop, 21 March 2018, Brussels

Currently, the project is in the course of reaching one of its main goals, the drafting of an action plan for the future transport and mobility of passengers and freight in 2030 that is user-centric, inclusive and cross-modal. The aim of the workshop is to interactively fill the gaps in the current draft of the action plan. Therefore, selected experts that bring in the knowledge complimentary to the project consortium have been invited.

Within the workshop, the process towards that Action Plan, its structure and its current status will be summarized with a focus on the open points. In interactive sessions these open issues will be discussed and filled interactively in groups that represent the focus points of Mobility4EU: user perspective, stakeholder collaboration across modes, multimodal offers and services. Furthermore, freight-related aspects will be discussed.
After the workshop, a complete version of the action plan will be created and put into a broad stakeholder consultation.

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Event structure

The eight Mobility4EU workshop was held in Brussels on 21st of March 2018. The aim of this project internal workshop was to interactively create a complete version of the action plan and put it into a broad stakeholder consultation.

  • Introduction of Mobility4EU Action Plan by Beate Müller  (VDI/VDE-IT);
  • Short review of the Vision for transport in Europe in 2030;
  • Status of action plan and goals of interactive session;
  • Interactive session on action plan building;
  • Plenary: Summary of results from groups;
  • Conclusions and next steps;

Opening Session

The workshop was opened by Beate Müller (VDI/VDE-IT) who welcomed the participants and presented the agenda of the day. Specifically for the external participants, she introduced the objectives of the Mobility4EU project and the Action Plan and illustrated the path towards the action plan, explaining how the activities of the workshop will fit into the project work.

Beate Müller (VDI/VDE-IT) and Carolina Cipres (ZLC) together explained in more detail the vision for transport in Europe in 2030. It defines seamless, inclusive, low/zero emission transport of passengers and freight as the main pillars of the European transport system for passengers and freight and specifies the technologies, applications and other means needed to achieve this.

Interactive Sessions

The goal and procedure of the interactive session was to collect tangible action items and measures combining the expertise of the participants and to discuss inputs from different perspectives (users, freight, OEMs, suppliers, service providers from all transport modes, active mobility and public transport, actors of seamless mobility services).

For the World Café interactive session the participants were divided into five different groups, depending on their field of expertise and/or the stakeholder groups they belong to:

  • User
  • Freight
  • Transport Modes Cross-modal Collaboration
  • Active Mobility, Public Transport
  • Seamless transport

There were five different World Café Stations discussing the following topics:

1. Low / zero emission including active mobility
2. Safety in transport, Cyber-security in transport (including data security and transparency)
3. Automation in all modes (all vehicles and including automated maintenance)
4. Infrastructure (including hubs and interfaces) and Mobility Planning
5. Fostering innovation

World Café

The groups moved between the stations, one group per station, and every group spent approximately 20 minutes at each station meanwhile discussing the respective topic. The facilitators gave a short summary on the previous discussions at the station to every newly arriving group and recapped important results. The facilitator then support the discussions with topic-related questions tailored to the stakeholder groups. The participants discussed and formulated related action items for the action plan which they noted on cards and pinned to a pinboard. The participants could also, instead of finding new action items, comment on previous cards and complement the action item or expressing disagreement.

Conclusion and next steps

When closing the interactive session, the facilitators at the different World Café stations presented the results to all participants and summarized the discussions at their pinboards emphasizing the relevant action items found by the groups.

At the end of the workshop, Beate Müller gave an outlook on next steps to be done towards the finalization of the action plan. The workshop results will be integrated in the draft action plan which will then be put into a broad stakeholder consultation consisting of dedicated sessions at different conferences, an online survey and a final stakeholder conference.


30 partners’ members and external experts from different mobility fields were involved in the activities of the workshop, representing the various stakeholders’ groups.



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