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UITP World Congress and Exhibition: Mayors at the forefront of mobility in urban centres


27 May 2009



Mobility contributes substantially to the development of sustainable and attractive cities. Local administrations play an instrumental role in creating ambitious and visionary mobility policies that also contribute to address topical issues such as climate change, energy efficiency or poverty alleviation.

In times of crisis, they also face the challenge of ensuring that their projects are adequately funded.

Invited by the Mayor of Vienna, Dr. Michael Häupl, Mayors of the Central and Eastern Europe region will share mutual experience, innovative methods and ways to better address the current crisis.

Mayor Ralph Becker, from Salt Lake City will join the panel as a guest speaker highlighting the recent change in the approach of mobility issues in the United States which results from the election of president Obama and a perspective shift that acknowledges the role of public transport in our societies.

Moderator: Alain Flausch, CEO STIB, the Brussels public transport company

Mayor of Vienna Dr Michael Häupl

Mayor of Belgrade Mr Dragan Dilas

Mayor of Budapest Dr Gabor Demszky

Mayor of Ljubljana Mr Zoran Jankovic

Guest speaker: Mr. Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City

The session will take place on Tuesday 9 June from 11 to 12:30 in the Lehár Room (ground floor).

Notes for Editors

UITP’s World Congress and Exhibition will be held in Vienna, Austria, 7-11 June 2009. The theme of the event is ‘Public transport: Making the right mobility choices’. For more information, visit

See the congress programme

See the Expo Forums programme

Get a preview of the exhibition

Visit the Vienna Congress and Exhibition Media Room

Press Contact: Aline Talabard| UITP Communications Manager

Direct phone: +32 (0)2 6636672 | Fax: +32 (0)2 6601072 |


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