The city of Igoumenitsa, a coastal city in northwestern Greece, was declared the winner of an EU award for sustainable mobility for small towns in the 2017 European Mobility Week event held in Brussels on Wednesday.
The Greek city was the inaugural winner of the newly added category for smaller municipalities (below 50,000 inhabitants).
“We promise that this prize will be the beginning of further action for the future! Thank you very much!” city mayor Ioannis Lolos said after receiving the award.
“Small cities have similar challenges to big cities in a way, but in other ways they have specific challenges. We need to listen to smaller cities and design financial tools that can help them to achieve their mobility goals,” EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said on the award.
Igoumenitsa competed with Lindau (Germany) and Tivat (Montenegro). The winners were selected by an independent panel of mobility and transport experts and will each receive a promotional video highlighting their achievements.
In the same event, Vienna took home the 2017 award for larger municipalities. The awards were presented to the cities by Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and Director General for Environment, Daniel Calleja.