Barcelona will be the headquarters of a European research center for sustainable mobility of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), after the consortium led by the Catalan capital has won a competition before other countries.
The manager of Mobility and Infrastructure, Manel Valdés, explained this Friday to the media that it is a recognition of the sustainability policies that Barcelona has carried out.
The consortium, Mobilus, which brings together 48 partners from 15 different countries, has been the winner against 12 cities, 17 companies and 18 research centers, and will investigate how to take advantage of the new challenges that arise with the evolution of mobility, to achieve cities “more livable and with less pollution,” the consortium coordinator Luís Gómez told Europa Press.
Gómez, who is also commissioner of Economic Promotion, Business and Innovation of Barcelona, has indicated that they will work for a mobility that is in accordance with local needs “giving support to the communities and stimulating the economy”.
He explained that the importance of this center is not so much the work that is done “in the office”, but that it can be a driver that helps startups and that promotes and promotes business.
The commissioner has ensured that industry, research and city will work together to transform Barcelona and European cities, joining forces to face the challenges “together”.
In a Twitter publication collected by Europa Press, the mayor Ada Colau, has celebrated the news, which has pointed out that it will mean “hundreds of jobs and attraction of strategic companies”, as the European Union will give 500 million euros direct in the seven years that the project will be extended.
The process has been carried out with confidentiality as required by the EIT, but it has been working for almost three years now.
On the 12th the consortium will be formalized from a meeting between the partners, – with a prominent role of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and SEAT -, and the mayor.
The year 2019 will serve to develop the organizational structure of the project, bringing together the entire team, which will start operating in 2020.
In addition to the headquarters of Barcelona, there will be 4 branches: Copenhagen, Prague, Munich and Helmond.