Romania’s Slatina successfully implementing its first SUMP

Slatina first SUMP

Photo: Pixabay/arembowski


August 20, 2020






August 20, 2020





The Romanian City of Slatina has been successfully implementing its first SUMP (sustainable urban mobility plan), which it developed in 2017 to tackle heavy traffic caused by a mix of commuter journeys, transit traffic, and shopping trips and with the aim of becoming a more liveable, healthy, and economically attractive city.

After identifying the main objectives, such as improving traffic accessibility and safety as well as reducing noise, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, Slatina’s first SUMP developed sets of measures which included improving the city’s road infrastructure and public transportation, enabling active mobility options, introducing a low-emission zone in the city centre, and educating and informing residents on SUMP actions.

The local community helped develop Slatina’s SUMP

Slatina, with a population of 85,000 and more than 400,000 people living in the wider area, drew up its SUMP in collaboration with 10 other European cities as part of an URBACT III network project called CityMobilNet.

However, part of its success is also due to the participatory approach, where the local community was mobilized to develop ideas and identify the needs and challenges, according to Eltis, which monitors trends and facilitates the exchange of information, knowledge and experience in the field of sustainable urban mobility in Europe.

Slatina secured over EUR 20 million of EU funds to implement the SUMP

To implement the plan, the city government secured more than EUR 20 million in EU funding, which helped it carry out a number of projects by spring 2020. These included buying 18 electric buses, installing 45 smart public transit stations, introducing a public transportation management system, developing 10 kilometers of bicycle lanes, and launching a bicycle-sharing system that includes e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-charging stations.

In 2017, before the transformation initiated by the SUMP, Slatina residents mostly used individual motorized transportation, with public transit accounting for 8.5% and cycling a mere 0.7% of all trips in the city.

By 2030, the local authority aims to double the share of public transportation in overall urban mobility, maintain the high share of walking, and slowly increase the share of cycling, according to Eltis.

GIZ ORF-EE is helping cities in Southeastern Europe develop their own SUMPs

Elsewhere in the region, the GIZ Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe – Energy Efficiency (GIZ ORF-EE) is helping cities develop their own SUMPs. Its second project, Sustainable Urban Mobility in South-East European Countries (SUMSEEC II), was launched in December 2018.

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment
Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

Croatia Airlines made first flights with sustainable aviation fuel

Croatia Airlines completes first flights with sustainable aviation fuel

22 April 2024 - The use of SAF is part of preparations for mandatory use in the European Union, scheduled to start in 2025

eu grants cef afif sustainable transport

EU awards EUR 9 million to four sustainable transport projects in Bulgaria, Greece, Slovenia

18 April 2024 - The EU has awarded EUR 424 million to 42 sustainable transport projects including one in Bulgaria, two in Slovenia, and one in Greece

eu ev charging points chargers targets transport environment

EU triples number of EV chargers in three years

18 April 2024 - The EU has recorded a threefold increase in the number of electric vehicle public chargers, according to T&E's new analysis


Vienna, Budapest inaugurate green hydrogen plants

12 April 2024 - Within just a few days, two green hydrogen plants were inaugurated in Central and Eastern Europe - in Austria and Hungary