Initial mission outline and introduction (Draft 27 June 2016)

Towards a New Mobility Agenda for Moldova (Beta)

Moldova Chisinau woman waitin gfor busThis project is based on an idea put forward by Eric Britton, professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), in discussion with colleagues at the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), who agreed to look more closely into this as an eventual collaborative project. The first two partners then decided to take contact with the SOLVED environmental network as a cooperating third partner. This note briefly introduces the project idea, REC and Solved.Please read it as a beta test in the process of collaborative review and fine tuning


I. Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)
II. Solved – Collaborative environmental advisory service
III. World Streets/New Mobility Dialogues

The project in brief

The core idea is to create a small expert team to work side by side with local government, the private sector, civil society, and international and bilateral aid organizations, with participation of an international network of cooperating experts to help chart a path toward the sustainable mobility agenda via an open collaborative project in Europe’s poorest country. A goal: By working together to co-create a high profile New Mobility Agenda pilot project and process to serve the fast-congesting city of Chisinau or other cooperating city.

The objective is to make a strategic, timely and low cost contribution that would not only be a life enhancer for Moldova’s capital city– applying all the lessons so painfully learned in the “West” in the last half century — and in the process show the way for other cities in Eastern Europe and indeed elsewhere in the world who are in need of a new model. We call the model to be co-developed and tested: “Better. Faster, Cheaper”. A new way to look at the challenges of transport in cities.

Once the road map is in shape, the unique learning and best practices could be further put to work in many other cities with serious mobility challenges. Bilateral aid programs and various bits of the EU and UN family are being contacted in the next steps as the project takes shape.

Initial project reference points:

• SOLVED network platform in support of Moldova project:
• World Streets supports Moldova project:
• Thinking about Moldova:
• Moldova New Mobility eLibrary:
• The Streets of Chisinau: First Glimpses:
• World Streets and this project in Romanian:



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Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)

The Regional Environmental Center is an international organization with a mission to assist in addressing environmental issues. REC fulfils this mission by promoting cooperation among governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and other environmental stakeholders, and by supporting the free exchange of information and public participation in environmental decision making.

Established in 1990 by the United States, the European Commission and Hungary, today the REC is legally based on a charter with over 30 signatories. The Organisation relies on a network of offices and experts in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. Its head office is located in Szentendre, Hungary. The REC actively participates in key global, regional and local processes and contributes to environmental and sustainability solutions within and beyond its country office network, transferring transitional knowledge and experience to countries and regions.

Recent donors are the European Commission, the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism (Norway, Iceland Liechtenstein), the United Nations, the governments of Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as other international organizations, banks and businesses.

Contact: Csaba Mezei Mr, Project manager, Expert (Smart Cities and Mobility)
Regional Environmental Center Ady Endre ut 9-11 • 2000 Szentendre • Hungary
w.  t.  +36 26 504 046  m  +36 20 362 5387  skype: mezeicsaba


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SOLVED is a collaborative environmental advisory service and expert collaboration platform. SOLVED tackles the world’s environmental challenges in an amazing way, and lets you easily cooperate with an international network, bringing together the leading experts, environmental challenges and new ways of working in order to co-create appealing solutions to complex problems. SOLVED was launched as a Cleantech Finland’s online service in 2012, and established as a separate company in May 2013.

SOLVED’S online expert community is expanding rapidly and currently consists of a bright team with up to 700 experts from 250 organizations in 50 countries. In dozens and dozens of projects, outstanding experts come together to address and solve difficult environmental, energy and industrial challenges. SOLVED has offices in Helsinki, Bratislava and Oulu.

Contact: Radoslav Mizera. Vice President, R&D Manager
SOLVED – The Cleantech Company Ltd. W.
Pribišova 33, 841 05 Bratislava   M. +421 948 273327


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World Streets Mission:

Creating open, generous peer networks to improve the world’s streets and public spaces. Helping in many small ways to make smart people smarter. And good places better.


Watching Briefs / Lenses

A lens can provide a different way of looking at an object or a process.  Beyond which our “normal” (that is personal and largely unquestioned) perception of what is going on and what is important. And when it comes to complex public services, say getting around in cities, we need to be able to look at them from a wide variety of different perspectives and priorities. Not surprisingly we start off with Behavior (including that of all key actors including government). Each item is hot-linked for easy one-click access.)

> Behavior and Choice
> Car Free Days
> City Cycling Forum 
> Civil Society 
> Economic Instruments
> Gender, Equity & Transport 
> Happiness 
> Parking
> Road Pricing
> Safe Streets Strategies
> Sustainability and Democracy
> Sustainable Penang
> The Streets of India
> Thinking about Economics
> Toward a General Theory
> Vulnerable populations
> World Streets Online
> World Transport Policy & Practice 
> Worst Practices Department 
> xCars: New ways to own and use cars 

Contact : Eric Britton :  Institut Supérieur de Gestion, Paris
Professor: Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy
MD: EcoPlan International.  Association Loi de 1901, Paris
Founding Editor:  World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities


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About  the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at and @ericbritton

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