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Launch of European Mobility Week and Car-Free Day

2008-09-11

On September 12, the Ministry of Environment presented the European Mobility Week goals and related municipal events.  The European Mobility Week started on Tuesday, September 16.  Event coordinators from the Ministry of Environment – Atmosphere Department Director Vytautas Krušinskas and Public Relations Department specialist Evelina Daugirdaitė – took take part in the presentation, along with representatives of the country’s municipalites participating in the organization of this international week. 


During the week 16-22 September, 22 Lithuanian municipalities joined other European cities and cities of the world to celebrate this new tradition under the name of European Mobility Week.  It is dedicated to reducing hazardous emissions by transportat. Throughout the week, many events called on the general public to focus on the negative effects of transportation on the environment and human health, as well as presenting incentives for people to contribute to a cleaner environment in the most urbanized territories.  According to preliminary information, 1,454 European and world cities will participate in the campaign this year.

The pinnacle of the Mobility week was the Car Free Day.  Traditionally, it is set for 22 September.  On this day people are invited to “forget” their vehicles and give a gift of cleaner city air to themselves and their communities.

Air quality is one of the most important issues for European citizens.  One should not be surprised that this year’s logo of the campaign is “Clean air for everyone!” For more information on the European Mobility Week please refer to
www.mobilityweek.eu. 

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11 Sep 2008

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas