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12:00 pm – Belgium and 5 European partners call for a European cycling strategy

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The Federal Minister for Mobility Georges Gilkinet signed in Luxembourg on Thursday as part of the Council of European Ministers for Mobility, requesting the European Commission to adopt a genuine cycling policy for Europe and make 2024 the European year of the cycle. This “European Cycle Declaration” was signed with Luxembourg, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria and Ireland.“The European Union, along with other programs, must adopt a visionary vision of dynamism, especially rail and bicycle. This is our conviction and our request. Cycle is one of the solutions needed today and tomorrow,” he said in a statement. The co-signing member states issued three clear proposals. First, “Europe must prioritize cycling in new initiatives, such as the European climate agreement, the new European strategy for sustainable and optimal mobility, and the new European strategy for urban movement.” Then, “more European funds should be allocated for cycling policy, especially within the framework of the European Green Deal”. Finally, “Awareness among citizens should be strengthened to highlight the benefits of cycling as a sustainable, efficient and modern mode of transport that has a positive impact on the economy.” (Belga)

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