This practice shows how Region Emilia Romagna fostered SUMP adoption in municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants
The GP aims to start up the SUMP adoption process in the main cities of the Region by supplying technical advice and providing funds to facilitate it. In general, the purpose is to increase Sustainable mobility in urban areas promoting Low-carbon strategies in the territories.
This practice contributed to create a common framework for transport and mobility in planning documents, put the concept of sustainability at the heart of new sectors and increase the number of cities interested to develop SUMP.
To realize the objectives told above, several steps were taken:
• Approval of ROP FESR 2014-2020 with resources in axis 4 for sustainable mobility;
• Approval of preliminary Draft for Regional Integrated transport plan 2020-2025;
• Approved of Regional Integrated Air Plan (PAIR 2020);
• Approval of Regional Committee Resolution 1082/2015;
• Signing a MoU between RER and Municipalities 2015;
• Approval of Regional Committee Resolution 275/2016;
• Approval of SUMP guidelines of 12 Municipality December 2016;
• Drafting SUMP extended plan in 12 Municipality.
From an administrative point of view, the practice is referred to Regional Committee Resolution 1082/2015 and Regional Committee Resolution 275/2016,
The innovative aspect of this practice lies in the fact that it is the first example of Italian Regional Government which provides incentive to start the SUMP process in its Regional Operational Programme.

Resources needed

RER provided 350.000 Euro from Emilia-Romagna ROP FESR 2014-2020 AXIS 4

Evidence of success

The GP achieved 100% of the objectives, since all the 12 cities involved started and completed the SUMP development with the formal approval of Guidelines by the end of 2016.
An unexpected effect is the creation of an informal network among municipalities and Emilia-Romagna Region, in which RER provides know-how and competence. On the other hand, municipalities could benefit from this network by sharing their experiences, problems and solutions.

Difficulties encountered

At the time of the implementation of the practice, there was a lack of a specific law at national level related to SUMP adoption and also difficulties to find skilled technicians and to involve citizens and stakeholders.

Potential for learning or transfer

The GP can be considered fully portable and transferrable to the partner Regions with the same administrative structure. Conditions needed are: ROP Found to be allocated to sustainability planning and cooperation between regional government and municipalities on sustainability mobility planning. It is a strong supporting policy to SUMP development.

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Main institution
Emilia-Romagna region
Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
January 2015
End Date
December 2016


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