SUMPs-Up at the national and European level

SUMPs-Up does not only engage with actors at a local or regional level. Working with national governments is also a crucial part of the project's work.

Engagement has been prioritised in countries where analysis has  shown that national policies and the commitment to supporting public authorities and infrastructure is lacking.

There are a number of areas in which national governments can influence and promote SUMP take-up and implementation, including adequate legislation, funding, and support in capacity building.

It is vital that this assistance is provided, as insufficient national support can hinder the take-up of the SUMP concept significantly.

SUMPs-Up activities are grounded in the concept of peer-to-peer exchange: this will apply at both the national and European level. 

The European level

A review has been conducted in association with Civitas PROSPERITY that gives an overview of the current barriers and needs in all Member States related to SUMPs. The executive summary report collating this research, entitled “SUMPs in Member States”, will be made available at a later stage.

A series of exchange workshops will take place, and the key attendees will be national representatives from governments, agencies and other key SUMP stakeholders.

The purpose of these workshops is firstly to increase the interest and awareness of SUMPs at Member State level and to receive suggestions on what support is needed, such as guidance and tools for Member States with different starting points. The workshops will provide inputs for the development of a SUMP policy paper for national decision makers

Cooperation with the Expert Group on Urban Mobility will also form a vital part of any work conducted at the European level.

The national level

As at the European level, a series of exchange workshops will be held. These will take place in three countries where a clear need for support has been identified. Based on the policy paper composed at the national level, they will:

  • raise awareness on the need for a national framework to enhance local SUMP take-up;
  • identify organisations that can successfully influence the establishment of national frameworks that are favourable to SUMP development;
  • disseminate guidance and tools for the set-up of national frameworks;
  • give specific recommendations according to the profile and context of each country.

Aside from this, the project will support Member States in the development of their SUMP national support frameworks.

If countries are interested, they will receive help to set up a non-profit certification scheme, based on the SUMP Self-Assessment concept. This will in turn assist the implementation of a basic quality assurance mechanism.

A review has also been conducted that gives an overview of the current barriers and needs in all EU Member States related to SUMPs. An executive summary report presenting the outcomes of this research, entitled “SUMPs in Member States”, will be made available at a later stage.