The Round table will discuss the measures for sustainable urban mobility introduced in Ruse in the frames of the H2020 project CIVITAS ECCENTRIC (with partners from Bulgaria - CSDCS and the Ruse Municipality). The main topics will be& how the new measures contribute to the Ruse sustainable development and How they were upgraded to meed the challenges of COVID-19 and what new measures the City of Ruse has introduced during the last 6 months. The public participation and the stakeholders' involvement in the city's initiatives will also be outlined and discussed.

Ruse is located in the northeastern part of the country, on the right bank of the Danube, opposite the Romanian city of Giurgiu, approximately 75 km south of Bucharest, 200 km from the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and 300 km from the capital Sofia. It is the most significant Bulgarian river port, serving an important part of the international trade of the country. The territory of the municipality is a crossing point of two Pan-European transport corridors - №7 (Rhein-Main-Danube) and 9 (Helsinki - Vyborg - St. Petersburg - Pskov - Gomel - Kiev - Ljubashevka - Chișinău - Bucharest - Dimitrovgrad - Alexandroupolis). The city is conditionally divided into two parts – north and south, by a railway and a large road artery crossing the city from west to east. The industrial zones of the city are located in its north-eastern, north-western and south-eastern parts. The residential districts "Druzhba", "Charodeika" and "Zdravetz", where most of the city's population is concentrated, are situated in the southern, south-eastern and north-eastern parts of the territory of the city.

The passage of the train railway along the entire length of the city significantly complicates the road communications between the northern and southern sections. The efforts to provide direct connections between the focal points in the city, in the context of this hindering factor, lead to traffic overload and congestions in the existing communication road arteries.

Names and Titles of Speakers

Prof. Lucia Ilieva