3rd ERMN Meeting – Was held online (Zoom) 31 January (morning) 


The meeting took place on the 31st of January, 2024, in the morning. Attendees were able to grasp the latest updates on the project activities. Additionally, they were invited to reflect upon the planning challenges that needed to be addressed to ensure that rural mobility receives appropriate attention from local and regional decision-makers.

  • What are the planning arrangements for rural development in your region?

  • Who are the key stakeholders currently involved in planning rural mobility and tourism in your rural areas?

  • How innovative-oriented is the legal and regulatory framework in your country for promoting the implementation of new mobility solutions in rural areas?

  • What actions can the municipalities and local stakeholders take as a network to influence more rural-sensitive policies at regional, national and EU level?   


When: Wednesday, 31st January, 2024

Where: Online on Zoom platform

Integrating the rural mobility dimension into existing planning frameworks and structures

10:00 – 10:05

Welcoming note by Mr. Andrea Lorenzini, MemEx

10:15 – 10:30

Keynote speech by Mrs Melanie Schade, Head of Competence Centre for Rural Mobility in the Fedderal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR), Germany

10:30 – 11:20

Intoduction of the Parallel sessions:

  1. Planning arrangements for rural development
    moderated by Panteia
    Introduction to the workshop
  2. Mobility and Tourism Cross Synergies – Involvement of stakeholders and planning
    moderated by NIT
    Introduction to the workshop
  3. Contextual conditions for promoting new mobility solutions in rural areas
    moderated by TIS
    Introduction to the workshop
  4. Influencing rural sensitive policies at regional, national, and European level
    moderated by MEMEX
    Introduction to the workshop
    Background- perspective from a Regional Development Agency
    Feedback from the workshop

11:20 – 11:30

Short break

11:30 – 11:45

Reporting back to the plenary group by Mrs. Edina Ocsko, E40

11:45 – 12:35

Roundtable discussion: integrating the rural dimension into existing SUMP framework
moderated by Mr Andre Freitas, Mr Tiago Pina

Speakers :

  • Mr. Claudio Mantero, representing the region of Madeira
  • Mrs. Maria Siti, representing the Municipality of Rethymno, Crete
  • Mrs Melanie Schade, BBR, Germany
  • Mr Cosimo Chiffi – representing the municipalities of Southern Salento, Italy

12:35 – 12:50

Short introduction about the SMARTA-NET upcoming Guidelines

  • Mrs. Eleonora Ercoli, MemEx
  • Mrs. Bente Grimm, NIT

12:50 – 12:55

12:55 – 13:00

Concluding remarks and next steps by Mr. Brendan Finn, MemEx


3rd ERMN meeting-Framing rural mobility issues in the context of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) development by Mr. André Freitas, TIS

3rd ERMN meeting-Keynote speech by Mrs Melanie Schade (BBR)

3rd ERMN meeting- Feedback from the workshops

3rd ERMN meeting -Roundtable discussion integrating the rural dimension into existing SUMP framework

3rd ERMN meeting- Rural Shared Mobility Solutions Guidance

3rd ERMN meeting- Sustainable Mobility in Rural Tourism Region Guidance

3rd ERMN meeting- Training activities by Tiago Pina (TIS)

3rd ERMN meeting- Concluding remarks by Brendan Finn ( MemEx)