About the Organisers
ETRA - The European Twowheel Retailers' Association www.etra-eu.com
ETRA has 3 key areas of activities: lobbying the EU institutions, promoting 2Wheels among European decision-makers and the development of a platform for the transfer of know-how among 2Wheel retailers.
Mobility, environment, public health and sustainability are 4 key issues for the European institutions in setting out the EU policies. ETRA believes that, in this framework, a broad approach is needed to address the challenges, which European cities face: climate change, emissions, air and noise pollution, the quality of life of the citizens, congestion, road safety … Technological progress alone does not offer adequate solutions to these problems.
ETRA advocates an approach that significantly reduces the levels of all private motorised transport in urban areas, via a range of practical and feasible measures, and that increases the proportion of journeys made by 2Wheels as well as on foot and by public transport.
The potential for change to sustainable travel in urban areas is huge. This focus on a shift to sustainable transport will not only address policy objectives related to transport but also in areas such as climate change; public health and obesity; social inclusion and community cohesion; and energy security. The fact that 2Wheels can make a crucial contribution to mobility, the environment, public health and sustainability in the European Union is the pillar of ETRA’s activities.
ETRA is the European professional association for independent bicycle, moped and motorcycle retailers. ETRA’s objective is to group these retailers in Europe and to defend and further their interests. The organisation represents some 7,000 companies, which employ approximately 17,500 people in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, ETRA has a large number of associated members. These are international companies/organisations active in the 2Wheel field who believe in ETRA’s work and who have therefore chosen to support that work through their membership.
Forum Europe www.forum-europe.com
Forum Europe is the leading EU dedicated conference and event provider. Founded in 1989 and with offices at the heart of the European Union in Brussels, Forum Europe specialises in EU focussed political and economic conferences and debates. We work successfully with businesses, institutions, NGOs and governments alike while organising our own portfolio of sector leading events.
The Forum Europe team consists of multilingual EU policy and events specialists and our strategic services can maintain and develop your networks at EU level while delivering forums where key issues can be aired and debated.
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In Association With
Greens/EFA in the European Parliament www.greens-efa.eu
The Greens/European Free Alliance is a political group in the European Parliament made up of Green MEPs and MEPs from parties representing stateless nations and disadvantaged minorities.
The group was established in July 1999, when these two progressive European political families agreed to join forces in the European Parliament.
Greens/EFA is currently the fourth largest political group in the European Parliament, with 58 MEPs from 15 countries. Ensuring gender balance is a priority for the group: there are 31 female and 27 male MEPs, while the group also has male and female co-presidents.
GreensEFA will have an information stand on EU issues related to urban mobility and cycling.