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A History of IMPACTS Europe

The IMPACTS Europe association emerged in response to a perceived need for high-level strategic collaboration amongst capital cities about urban mobility policies that affect citizens.  As such it offers Mayors and political representatives a forum in which they can discuss transport issues and initiatives with their senior technical officers.  IMPACTS Europe differs from other city networks.  It is not just a technical gathering. Rather it has a precise objective - to be a small strategic network of capital and major metropolitan cities for decision makers.

The association grew out of the common interest of London, Paris and New York to exchange information and experience on Urban Mobility and Transport Policies.  This led to our first Inter Continental Conference in New York in July 1996.  The founder members continued to meet and in 1998 formalised the association at an assembly of city delegates in Brussels.

The network quickly established memoranda of understandings with ERTICO and POLIS to jointly promote city interests on the international stage.

IMPACTS Europe’s relationship with North American cities was strengthened by joint activities, for example the 2001 “Scanning Tour” in Chicago, New York and Washington. The success of these types of visit is a source of real enrichment for all the members.

International bonds with major metropolitan cities in America were reinforced through the establishment of IMPACTS North America/NACTO.  These trans-Atlantic connections were further deepened through contact with the Union of Latin America Cities in 1999.  Thanks to Barcelona’s contacts a meeting with Latin American Cities took place in 2001 aimed at setting up a new inter-continental co-operation, which ultimately led to a conference in Quito Ecuador (2004) that saw the launch of IMPACTS Latin America.

Over the years IMPACTS Europe members have used the network to enrich bilateral and multilateral cooperation between their cities and work on common projects.  These links are maintained not just through contact at the annual conferences, but also through joint projects.


IMPACTS Conferences:

1996         New York
1997         Paris
1998         Brussels & Philadelphia
1999         Vienna & Rome
2000         Geneva & Chicago
2001         Gothenburg & Berlin
2002         London & Washington
2003         Barcelona & Geneva
2004         Budapest
2005         Amsterdam & Seattle
2006         Vienna & Stockholm

2007         London
2008         Zagreb
2009         Berlin
2010         Rome
2011         Barcelona
2012         Paris
2013         Vienna
2014         Gothenburg
2015         Copenhagen
2016         Lisbon
2017         Amsterdam
2018         Tallinn


IMPACTS Projects:

The FP5 FREDERIC project brought together decision-makers from local authorities and the automotive industry to examine sustainable use of vehicles for commercial activities in urban areas.

The PLUME project focussed on planning urban mobility in Europe, facilitating the transfer of innovation in the field of integrated land-use and mobility planning to experts in cities across Europe.

The FIDIUS project continued our exploration of urban delivery solutions in collaboration with vehicle manufacturers.

21288_stadium_color_grand The STADIUM project focussed on smart transport applications for large events and their impact on urban mobility.  Examples covered 2010 World Cup in South Africa, 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

The SUMITS project, with funding from the Citizens programme of the European Union, offered IMPACTS Europe a vehicle to organise events to debate sustainable urban mobility issues and transport solutions.




IMPACTS Europe continues to adapt and develop to the urban mobility challenges facing our major cities.  The network remains open to new members.