Green Mobility Summit: Advancing Sustainable Transport Solutions in the Western Balkans and Beyond

SARAJEVO – The Green Mobility Summit is taking place on 6-7 June 2024, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The event brings together experts and leaders to discuss and promote innovative sustainable transport solutions, aiming to foster discussions and knowledge exchange on greening the transportation sector, making it more sustainable.

The Summit is organised by the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as part of the Regional Climate Partnership between Germany and the Western Balkans jointly committed to improving transport infrastructure and climate in the Western Balkans, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. During the Summit, the overarching Green Mobility Declaration will be endorsed, pledging to promote zero-emission and smart mobility, enhance climate resilience in transport networks, and foster regional cooperation for sustainable transport solutions.

The first day of the summit, 6 June, is dedicated to expert discussions. The pathways to sustainable mobility will be presented by examining successful examples and best practices, outlining the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy for the Western Balkans. The discussions will further focus on the rapid advancement and implementation of sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMP), where the city representatives will discuss their experiences in adopting SUMP, the challenges and the implemented innovative solutions. The topic “Innovations and Digital Solutions in Mobility” will explore the latest advancements and technological innovations, reshaping the transport landscape. Further discussions will be centred around building climate-resilient mobility networks.

On 7 June, the high-level discussions will commence with welcoming remarks from H.E. Niels Annen, Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; Mr Matej Zakonjšek, Director of the Transport Community Permanent Secretariat; Ms Magda Kopczynska, Director General of the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport; H.E. Mr. Oliver Varhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement (via video message); and H.E. Mr. Edin Forto, Minister of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ministers and mayors from the Western Balkans six, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine will convene to discuss key topics such as investing in green infrastructure and sustainable mobility as a key to a sustainable European future, moving toward zero-emission mobility through lessons learned, and bridging the gap between local and higher-level authorities to promote sustainable mobility.

By jointly organising the Summit, the Transport Community and the BMZ through Regional Climate Partnership between Germany and the Western Balkans, prioritise initiatives such as environmentally friendly transport investments, the deployment of alternative fuel infrastructure, infrastructure resilience, and innovations that will catalyse a transformation in the transport sector.


On Transport Community

The Transport Community is an international organisation in the field of mobility and transport. It has 36 participants – the European Union member states represented by the European Commission, the Western Balkans six, and the three observing participants (Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine).  We are working on integrating Western Balkans’ transport markets into the EU by assisting the six Western Balkans partners in adopting and implementing the EU legislation in the transport field and supporting projects connecting Western Balkans regional partners among themselves and with the EU.

Regarding the sustainable and smart mobility, our vision is to transform mobility in the Western Balkans by fostering the development of cleaner, safer, smarter, resilient, competitive, and sustainable transport system. Our goal is to connect people and businesses across the region and beyond, considering environmental impact of transport, thus unlocking new opportunities for growth and progress.

On Regional Climate Partnership between Germany and the Western Balkans

The Green Mobility Summit is an integral part of the Regional Climate Partnership between Germany and the Western Balkans. This partnership was initiated through the Joint Declaration of Intent, which received endorsement in October 2023 from the Western Balkans leaders and Germany during the Berlin Process Summit in Tirana. Embedded within the existing regional integration, the summit emphasises the regional dimension and integration of ongoing and planned bilateral and regional projects, demonstrating a collective commitment to sustainable mobility and climate resilience.