Project Details

Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2012 - 31st Dec 2014
Website: The webpage was pusblished in August 2012. It is held both in English and French languajes and regularly updated with news on project by PP6 Euromontana.


Total budget: €1,621,360.05
ERDF contribution: €1,288,640.93

Lead partner

Plaza San Juan, 1
44071, TERUEL

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    • Contact Person: Luis Muñoz Gregorio
      Phone: 00 34 978 647 409
      Fax: 00 34 978 647 466

Project summary

Sustainable transport is vital to maintaining the environmental and economic health of rural areas, as well as to ensuring the access of both inhabitants and potential visitors to key services such as employment, education and healthcare.

Rural areas policy-makers have come to realise that the lack of sustainable mobility schemes is a cross-cutting element which affects every development strategy implemented in rural territories; no matter how much effort is expended on areas such as education, promotion of tourism or development of new economic initiatives, the lack of a sustainable (from the environmental, social and economic perspectives) transport pattern has severely hampered every development initiative.

MOVE ON GREEN’s overall objective is to improve the design and effectiveness of regional policies on sustainable transport in rural areas, through an exchange of experiences aimed at fostering sustainable mobility from the environmental, social and economic points of view.

13 partners - 12 regional governments and decission-making bodies of low-density European areas with a high environmental value, plus Euromontana- will cooperate through MOG to develop feasible strategies and policies in the field of sustainable transport. The transferability of the results to the rest of Europe’s rural areas is ensured: solutions which are feasible for the extreme rural areas in the MOG partnership can be replicated in other rural areas subject to fewer limiting factors. The adoption of sustainable transport schemes by European rural areas would, in the long term, have a significant positive impact on both the environment and on the social and economic conditions of rural territories. MOG partners were selected on the basis of two possible criteria: the relevance of their experience and awareness of the theme, or their urgent need for solutions despite their lack of experience.

Via videoconferences and daily exchanges an initial appraisal of experiences has been carried out during the preparation phase.

MOG’s main activities are, in addition to those related to the administrative, legal and financial tasks in the project, ongoing strategic communication and dissemination activities and activities aimed at fostering an exchange of experiences. The main outputs will be a guide of good practices mutually discussed on sustainable transport, a set of policy guidelines for sustainable transport in rural areas, 12 implementation plans, 4 thematic seminars plus 5 study visits,one another exchange event specifically devoted to transfer through the organisation of bilateral meetings plus kick-off meeting and final conference as well as the communication material produced.

The main expected result is the improvement of regional policies for sustainable transport in rural areas, through increased awareness and knowledge by authorities, stakeholders and citizens.

Project achievements

Rural low density population areas in Europe with a high environmental and landscape value have one cross-cutting element that affects every development policy designed for rural territories: MOBILITY. Efforts made for improvements in fields such as education, promotion of tourism or development of economic initiatives are facing a serious obstacle: the inexistence of a sustainable - from the environmental, social and economical perspectives - transport pattern capable of satisfying the needs of both inhabitants and visitors, Furthermore, the current economic situation has made the problem even worse as, the many budgetary cuts have directly affected the transport sector, making the economic side of the activity difficult to sustain due to lack of a critical mass. Therefore, there is an urgent need to find new transport formulas. The MOG project was comprised of 12 regional governments from the most depopulated regions in 9 European countries and a Euronet for dissemination issues.

MOG began in January'12 with the aim of improving the design and effectiveness of regional policies on sustainable transport in rural areas. During the project, four partners meetings have been held apart from the Kick-off meeting. In July'13 MOG had already drafted 13 local studies and 52 examples of innovative ground-level initiatives were compiled to draw up a GOOD PRACTICES GUIDE on innovative transport solutions in order to help decision-makers get inspiration and improve their transport patterns. Thanks to these local studies, each partner had the opportunity to review its mobility needs and the 52 GPs were offered the chance to find experiences that were able to cover the gaps detected in each of MOG's territories. The GPs document has been distributed to (1038) stakeholders /politicians. From July'13 to June'14 partners shared the experiences and policies learnt from others in previous phases with partners territories, by means of a formal transfer process.

The aim of this transfer process was to physically put theoretical exchanges into practice. This began with (23) bi-lateral meetings that took place among partners with active participation of politicians and stakeholders in exporting/importing good practices. As result of those bi-lateral meetings, some partners implemented the GPs imported, i.e. Teruel Government (ES) imported a GP from Hungary making the necessary arrangements to provide a transport service for students and opening up the service to disabled and old people. Noteworthy, too, is Thessaly Region (EL) which imported GP from Brandenburg (Germany) entailing multimodal transport based on citizens' self-organisation of structures through a digital platform focusing on school teachers.


Another achievement attained at this point was the fact that in 2013 Podkarpackie Region (PL) started to create and implement the new Podkarpackie Regional Development Strategy 2020 where there was no content related to public transport,

The Polish MOG team created amendments regarding transport, proposals were submitted and the Regional parliament enacted them. In June'14 a POLICY GUIDELINE for sustainable mobility in rural and mountain areas was produced, based on partners' practical experience in order to foster policy-learning for European and regional policy-makers. 10 IMPLEMENTATION PLANS have been drafted to specifically adapt its policy towards more sustainable mobility schemes and transfer transport GPs at regional and local level.

MOG has been widely disseminated through its website, social media and electronic dissemination of 7 newsletters to up to (2000) e-contacts. 2 brochures have been distributed to (3700) people and the MOG project has been presented at (37) events, highlighting the participation of Euromontana at a public hearing on the challenges of mobility in the regions organised by Gordon Keymer (Committee of the Regions) who introduced the MOG Final Conference at the Committee of the Regions.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
SODEBUR. Society for the Development of the Province of Burgos., Burgos SPAIN Castilla y León 34 947 06 19 29
REGION OF EPIRUS, Ioannina GREECE Ipeiros +30 26510 87000
SHETLAND ISLANDS COUNCIL, Lerwick, Shetland Islands UNITED KINGDOM Highlands and Islands + 44 1595 743957
EUROMONTANA, Paris FRANCE Île de France 00 32 2 2804283
REGIONALMANAGEMENT BURGENLAND Ltd., Eisenstadt AUSTRIA Burgenland (A) 43 2682 21070-0
BSC BUSINESS SUPPORT CENTRE LTD. KRANJ, Kranj SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija 386 4 281 72 30
West-Pannon Region - and Economy Delevopment Supplier Public Nonprofit Ltd., Szombathely HUNGARY Nyugat-Dunantul 36 94 500 780,
VIDZEME PLANNING REGION, Cēsis LATVIA Latvija 371 641 16006
PODKARPACKIE REGION, Rzeszów POLAND Podkarpackie 48 17 747 6945
MINISTRY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND AGRICULTURE, Potsdam GERMANY Brandenburg - Südwest 49 331 866 8243


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