ERTICO CEO stresses the value of European Congress to cities’ transport development

The new CEO of ERTICO – ITS Europe, Joost Vantomme, has reiterated the importance of the ITS Congresses to European cities as a “catalyst for research and innovation”.

At the Press Conference in the 2022 host city Toulouse, Mr Vantomme was joined by Dominique Faure, First Vice-President of Toulouse Métropole, Jean-Claude Dardelet, Vice-President of Toulouse Métropole in charge of attractiveness and international affairs and Albert Sanchez, Mayor of Cugnaux, metropolitan advisor in charge of urban logistics.

As he presented the Congress programme, Mr Vantomme said, “ERTICO, as a public-private partnership, connects the dots between all actors in the field of intelligent mobility and is a catalyst for research and innovation. The Congress, the Exhibition, the technical visits and the demonstrations are a fantastic opportunity for Toulouse Métropole, the territory and the region, as well as for all players involved and visitors to see what is really behind the mobility of the future. In close cooperation with Toulouse Métropole, we are delighted to host this unmissable European event where industry, authorities, European institutions and the entire ITS ecosystem will be able to discuss and play a decisive role in the deployment of intelligent mobility for people, goods, services and data on our continent. It will be ‘the place to be this year’ for the entire ITS Community!”

Dominique Faure, First Vice-President of Toulouse Métropole added, “The Toulouse ITS European Congress 2022 is a flagship event of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union and for which we expect more than 3000 people. This Congress will illustrate the European ambition of the Green Deal and is a great commercial opportunity for our local, national and international players. The exemplary nature of the work undertaken by Toulouse Métropole, the territory and the region on the transport of the future will be highlighted. At this impressive event, you will discover the latest in smart mobility technologies and how we in this region are advancing science, innovations and best practice.”

The ITS European Congress 2022 will be hosted by Toulouse Métropole -in partnership with ERTICO-ITS Europe- and will take place on 30 May – 1 June 2022 at the Exhibition and Conference Centre MEETT, very close to Toulouse Blagnac airport. At this year’s ITS European Congress in addition to the innovations presented on the Congress stands, the High Level Conference Programme will include speakers from the Commission, industry and senior city officials and the Technical Programme will offer experts from the ITS Community the opportunity to present their innovations. There will also be ‘live’ demonstrations outside the MEETT Conference and Exhibition Centre as well as technical visits going on in several industrial sites in particular, the Francazal and Oncopole areas.

Jean-Claude Dardelet, Vice-President of Toulouse Métropole in charge of attractiveness and international affairs said, “We are very proud and happy to host the Congress and to work with ERTICO – ITS Europe, a well-known influencer in intelligent transport solutions. Nowhere else in the world are so many transport-related topics and projects dealt with as at the ITS Congress. Our ambitions and significant investments are at the service of smart mobility with the aim of being carbon-free, connected, sustainable and efficient. We believe in new technologies as a territory of excellence, research and innovation and we very much look forward to meeting all visitors to Toulouse at the end of May!”

Joost Vantomme will be a guest on next week’s Highways Voices podcast.

For further information about the ITS European Congress please click here.

(Picture – ERTICO)

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