CIVITAS for cleaner cities

CIVITAS is short for CIty-VITAlity-Sustainability: cleaner and better transport in cities. The CIVITAS Initiative of the European Commission helps cities to achieve more sustainable, cleaner and energy friendly urban transport. This is done by implementing and evaluating ambitious and innovative measures, technological as well as policy related. The aim is to achieve a significant change in the modal split towards sustainable transport modes.

The programs
CIVITAS I (2002-2006) started in 19 cities, in 4 different demonstration projects, as part of EU’s Fifth Framework Programme. CIVITAS II has been active since the beginning of 2005 (6th Framework Programme) and will continue until 2009. In the current CIVITAS II (2005-2009) 17 cities are partcipating, once again in 4 demonstration projects. Together they execute hundreds of measures in sustainable mobility management. These 36 cities (even more after the start of CIVITAS Plus at the end of 2008), spread over the whole of Europe, are subsidised by the EU with 100 million Euro. The total budget of the CIVITAS Initiative is more than 300 million Euro.

Compare and evaluate
CIVITAS GUARD is the coordinating consortium within CIVITAS II that compares and evaluates all measures that have been taken by the cities. Furthermore, conclusions are drawn on possible barriers and critical success factors when introducing these kind of measures in other cities. This could eventually lead to new European policy on mobility.

DTV Consultants is the coordinator of the consortium and, among others, sees to a timely and precise execution of content (a.o analysis of results) as well as process (a.o finances) by all GUARD partners and is also responsible for producing the end report.

The support of GUARD for the CIVITAS II Demonstration Projects and cities consists furthermore of:
- Ensuring that the participation in a European initiative adds value at the local level;
- Establishing networks between and beyond participating cities to trigger fruitful exchange;
- Evaluating results of ambitious transport actions according to common principles;
Helping to analyse and optimise the processes of implementation;
Developing policy recommendations on the basis of validated project results;
Realising targeted Pan-European dissemination and raising awareness, for example through maintaining an elaborate website (, organising for a, workshops, etc.


Demonstration Project

Participating cities

CIVITAS – MIRACLES Rome (Italy), Barcelona (Spain), Winchester (GB) & Cork (Ireland)
CIVITAS – TELLUS Rotterdam (Netherlands), Berlin (Germany), Goteborg (Sweden), Gdynia (Poland) & Bucharest (Romania)
CIVITAS – VIVALDI Aalborg (Denmark), Bremen (Germany), Bristol (GB), Kaunas (Lithuania) & Nantes (France)
CIVITAS – TRENDSETTER Lille (France), Prague (Tsjech Rep.), Graz (Austria), Stockholm (Sweden), Pécs (Hungary)


Demonstration Project

Participating cities

CIVITAS – SUCCESS La Rochelle (France), Preston (GB) & Ploiesti (Romania)
CIVITAS – CARAVEL Genoa (Italy), Burgos (Spain), Krakow (Poland) & Stuttgart (Germany)
CIVITAS – MOBILIS Toulouse (France), Debrecen (Hungary), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Venice (Italy) & Odense (Denmark)
CIVITAS – SMILE Malmo (Sweden) and Norwich (GB), Tallinn (Estonia), Suceava (Romania) & Potenza (Italy)

Client: European Commission, DG TREN
Contract Dates: 2005 – 2009