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What is EPOMM?
What is Mobility Management?
Why a Platform at European level?
Where does the idea of a European Platform come from?
Who are the current contributing Member States of EPOMM?
How can my country or region become a new Member State of EPOMM?
Who is doing the daily management of the Platform?
What services or activities does EPOMM offer?
How can I subscribe the EPOMM e-newsletter?
What is ECOMM?
How can I sign up to organise the yearly conference ECOMM?
What is a National Focal Point (NFP)?
How can I get in contact with the NFP in my country?
How can EPOMM help me to make my Mobility Management initiative known in Europe?
Are there any other European initiatives dealing with Mobility Management?

What is EPOMM?
EPOMM is the European Platform on Mobility Management, a network of governments in European countries that are engaged in Mobility Management (MM). They are represented by the Ministries that are responsible for MM in their countries. EPOMM is organised as an international non profit organisation with seat in Brussels.

The main aims of EPOMM are:
  • To promote and further develop Mobility Management in Europe
  • To support active information exchange and learning on Mobility Management between European countries
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What is Mobility Management?
The core of Mobility Management are "soft" measures (e.g. information or coordination of existing user services), which enhance the effectiveness of "hard" measures of traffic planning (e.g. new tram lines, new roads and new bike tracks). Mobility Management tools (in comparison to "hard" measures) do not necessarily require large investments measured against their high potential to change mobility behaviour. The objective of Mobility Management is to reduce single car use.
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Why a Platform at European level?
The concept of Mobility Management varies from country to country, both in terms of scope and level of implementation. EPOMM, the European Platform, tries to clear obstacles between the different countries, e.g. communication problems, by promoting the exchange of information and fruitful discussions on the subject and aims to establish a ‘European vision’ of Mobility Management.

EPOMM has an independent and pan- European mission and also acts as a supporter to policy development and implementation by Member States and the European Commission.

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Where does the idea of a European Platform come from?
In April 1997, the first European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM) was organised in Amsterdam. This conference was one of the dissemination activities of MOMENTUM (a DG TREN research project, ’Mobility Management for the Urban Environment’). The conference turned out to be a success. Representatives from over twelve European countries were present and took the opportunity to exchange information, conduct fruitful discussions and make contacts. The conference drew up a number of important conclusions and recommendations, which were presented by the Dutch Minister of Transport and Public Works at that time, Mrs Annemarie Jorritsma-Lebbink, to the European Council of Transport Ministers in July 1997. These recommendations were:

Mobility Management has to be promoted in Europe. A permanent Mobility Management platform should be established in order to improve and increase the exchange of information and to improve the effectiveness of financial and personal efforts.Organisations involved in European projects and the resulting activities could be catalysts for the establishment of this platform.

Further to these recommendations, a number of Member States (Austria, Flemish national government, France, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands) also supported this idea to establish a European Platform on Mobility Management (EPOMM). In this context, a project proposal for the setting up of EPOMM was submitted to the European Commission (DG TREN) by NEA, AMOR and Langzaam Verkeer and Car Free Cities. EPOMM was officially launched at the Third European Conference on Mobility Management in Münster in April 1999. It is envisaged that the Platform will remain in place and will continue to be the point of reference for all Mobility Management initiatives.

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Who are the current contributing Member States of EPOMM?
The current member states of EPOMM are:
  • France
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

These countries form the EPOMM Board, which supervises the overall activities of the platform.

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How can my country or region become a new Member State of EPOMM?
At this moment EPOMM consists of five countries: France, The Netherlands, Spainm, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The Platform is open to new members.

EPOMM offers many benefits for new members, for example good access to European MM projects; workshops to enhance MM in the country, to transfer best practise from other countries and to create a MM network; better acces to information; the possibilty to host the prestigious ECOMM and reduced fees for ECOMM participants.
For information on these benefts and on how it is possible to join, please contact the coordinator here.

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Who is doing the daily management of the Platform?
The EPOMM management consists of 3 organisations, they run the Platform supervised by the Board and carry out most of the activities. The organisations are:


All partners bring in their specific experience:
  • in research, in EU projects
  • their networks
  • more than a decade of practical experience in MM
  • educational experience

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What services or activities does EPOMM offer?
ECOMM: the European Conference on Mobility Management ECOMM is held each year in a different country. This conference is one of the major events in Mobility Management and EPOMM is strongly involved in its organisation.

Website: in the EPOMM website you can find a wealth of information on Mobility Management such as a broad overview of current activities in Europe, conferences or initiatives, case studies or demonstrator projects and training courses at European level.

Newsletter: in the EPOMM newsletters you can find a lot of information on stimulating developments on Mobility Management across Europe. Reports on the most important events, interviews with professionals and examples of the most innovative Mobility Management solutions are the main topics treated in the newsletter.

Workshop and seminars: the EPOMM consortium organises workshops and seminars to exchange experiences on Mobility Management across Europe. You can also find the programmes and the speeches of the past events.

Network with National Focal Points (NFPs): in each country there is a network or organisation providing and gathering information on Mobility Management on a national and regional level. The NFPs form the basic network within the EPOMM organisation. Some of the NFPs have not been in existence for very long, others are operational already for about 10 years.

Network with European organisations: EPOMM is establishing long-standing relationship with EU organisations dealing with Mobility Management. EPOMM specific activities are co-ordinated with ELTIS (www.eltis.org).

Awareness raising: through the website, the newsletter, the workshops and seminars, the networking activity and the direct participation to events organised all over Europe, EPOMM is actively committed to the promotion of the concept of Mobility Management in the different European countries.

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How can I subcribe the EPOMM e-newsletter?
Just click here.

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What is ECOMM?
ECOMM is the yearly European Conference on Mobility Management.
ECOMM was founded as the final conference of the MOMENTUM research project - in Amsterdam 1997. The ECOMM has developed as THE meeting place for Mobility Management practitioners and experts all over Europe. On average, it attracts 250-350 delegates, about half of them are usually from the host country.
Papers are selected by the International Programme Committee, whilst the programme is developed in cooperation with EPOMM.
EPOMM takes care that ECOMM maintains its agreeable size, its attractive fee structure and high quality, but also strives for its continuous development.

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How can I sign up to organise the yearly conference ECOMM?
Cities from EPOMM member states have priority in hosting the ECOMM conference. Cities that are interested should contact the coordinator here.
Criteria on what it implies to host the ECOMM can be downloaded here.

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What is a National Focal Point (NFP)?
Each country participating in EPOMM has established a NFP - National Focal Point, which represents the Platform in that country or region. The NFPs link EPOMM with the national network of all possible actors in the field of Mobility Management.

A NFP is ideally already a network on itself, with corresponding staff resources and basic facilities. It plays the role of intermediate between the national users and the central organisation of EPOMM: it adapts communication in both directions according to cultural or linguistic needs, maintains a database of local contacts, assists in organising local events.
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How can I get in contact with the NFP in my country?
Go to contact and select the NFP.

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How can EPOMM help me to make my Mobility Management initiative known in Europe?
The amount of information available on Mobility Management is continuously growing. EPOMM gathers, processes and distributes key information throughout the EU countries. To this end, EPOMM operates a website, a regular newsletter, holds seminars on Mobility Management, organises expert workshops on specific topics and ensures the continuity of the yearly European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM).
If you are involved in or know of Mobility Management initiatives (demonstration sites, educational projects or training courses) in your countries, the best way is to contact the coordinator or the secretariat, accessible through the contact page.

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Are there any other European initiatives dealing with Mobility Management?
EPOMM is a unique platform. However, there are many European projects and other initiatives dealing with MM. You can find it in the links section , specifically under European Projects on MM.

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