As part of the SUMP 2.0 process to revise the Guidelines, an event was held on 12 December 2018, in Brussels (Belgium) at the Basque Delegation to the EU. It forms part of ICLEI’s long-running Breakfast at Sustainability’s series. Since their launch in 2013, the EU’s SUMP Guidelines have been the main reference document for developing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).
Yet the last five years have seen societal and technological developments and valuable insight gained from implementing SUMPs and the update of the Guidelines should reflect these. For local, national and European level officials working on SUMPs, it represents a prime opportunity to use their expertise to make a crucial contribution to improving the next generation of SUMP guidance and shaping EU mobility policy. Following an opening address from DG MOVE on the importance of SUMP 2.0, three cities with different SUMP profiles discussed their experiences of using the Guidelines and the improvements they believed that are needed. This had set the scene for an interactive stakeholder workshop in which participants were able to give feedback on specific sections of the Guidelines and put forward the good practice examples and methods they believed should be included in the new document. SUITS participated actively on this vivid dialogue, swapping ideas with different SUMP peers across Europe.