Today, after approximately two months from the start of the Project TRIBUTE – inTegRated and Innovative actions for sustainaBle Urban mobiliTy upgrade, the kick-off meeting has been held. This meeting was also the first opportunity for all the project partners to get acquainted with each other, particularly due to the still ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. For that very reason alone, the Lead Partner, Politecnico Milano, had to organize the meeting via available online platform – Microsoft Teams. Nonetheless, representatives of all project partners (Municipality of Milan, City of Ljubljana, City of Maribor, City of Zagreb, Municipality of Patras, City of Novi Sad, City of Sarajevo and City of Podgorica) actively participated in the meeting discussing and presenting their share of project activities. The kick-off meeting was also attended by representatives of ADRION Programme Joint Secretariat.

TRIBUTE, as a transnational Interreg ADRION project, focuses on enhancing European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) in the Adriatic-Ionian region. Selected under the second call for axis 3 (transportation) of the ADRION Programme, this project will last 30 months and will end in June 2023.

TRIBUTE aims to face the challenges related to urban mobility, which rise with the spreading of new technologies and the occurring socio-economic and demographic changes, by using innovative tools (living lab) to identify integrated action plans to support sustainable mobility in each of the eight partner cities. Therefore, TRIBUTE will adopt a participatory approach (the ‘quadruple helix’ approach) engaging administrations, enterprises, academics, and citizens in order to identify and to test new solutions for urban mobility that meet new travel habits and behaviours, and the needs of our cities. The Department of Mechanical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano will support the development of 8 pilot actions (one per each project partner) about: Demand-Responsive Transport Systems for vulnerable users (elderly and disabled); Advanced travellers Information systems for public transportation, cycling mobility, and electric vehicles; integrated management systems for urban transportation for occurring big events. The results of these experiments will allow defining a transnational strategy to boost equity and inclusion in the urban mobility agendas of the cities of the Adriatic-Ionian region.