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