“RECIPROCITY” addresses the challenges of urbanisation and climate change

NextMove has successfully applied for the project “Replication of innovative concepts for peri-urban, rural or inner-city mobility” (short RECIPROCITY) at the EU Commission.  

Innovative mobility solutions are to be initiated in at least 20 European cities and municipalities in order to tackle the challenges of urbanisation, climate change and digitalisation – megatrends that make a rethink of mobility inevitable. The aim of the RECIPROCITY project is to connect urban and rural regions well and to make them multimodal (at least two means of transport alternatives) nodes of use for intelligent and clean mobility. 

During the RECIPROCITY project, areas that differ in size, location, degree of urbanisation and mobility needs will be equipped with tools, knowledge and contacts to accelerate the development process of innovative mobility solutions. This includes workshops and webinars as well as matchmaking events, new partnerships and local exchange through Mobility Missions to strengthen networking and knowledge sharing. Successful examples are then to be replicated in other partner regions to make innovative mobility solutions quickly and easily accessible to a larger circle of cities and municipalities. 

The consortium consists of 10 partners including clusters & research institutions from all over Europe:  

R-Tech, E-Mobility Cluster Regensburg (Germany) – Coordinator
European Regions Research and Innovation Network (Belgium)
Greenovate! Europe (Belgium)
NextMove (France)
ZONE Klaszter (Hungary)
Istanbul Okan University (Turkey)
Business Upper Austria – OO Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH (Austria)
Regionalni rozvojova agentura Plzenskeho kraje, o.p.s. (Czech Republic)
Instituto Aragones de Fomento (Spain)
Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council (Uudenmaan liitto – Nylands Förbund – Finland)

The project is funded by the European Union’s “Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Development” with approximately 1.5 million euros in subsidy. A virtual kick-off meeting is planned for February 1, 2021 hosted from Regensburg to mark the official start of the project.