The Political Advisory Committee (PAC) is a small group of leading and highly motivated politicians, from within CIVITAS cities that acts as the Initiative’s steering group of the CIVITAS Forum Network. Members participate in a personal capacity. Its main role is to:
- identify policy priorities, highlighting pros and cons and stressing the policy relevance of the CIVITAS goals and achievements;
- deliver policy recommendations;
- define relevant themes for urban transport policy; and
- advising on core CIVITAS activities (communication, CIVITAS Forum Conference, website, thematic groups politicians’ forum, etc.)
The outcome of the work of the PAC takes the form of short, policy-styled notes (the “PAC statements”), which contribute to the strategic direction of the CIVITAS Initiative. The PAC statements are directed toward policy makers at the European, national and local level, as well as to industry, transport operators and other stakeholders.
Politicians of CIVITAS cities may apply to serve as PAC members in their personal capacity and can serve a maximum of three mandates of two years each. Every two years a call for interest is launched and the new PAC is formed. PAC members are ultimately appointed by the EC based on general criteria of representativeness and proven record of the individual candidates. The PAC is supported in its work by its own PAC secretariat.
In May 2011, two ‘PAC Statements’ were completed. One is entitled: “The Future of Research and Demonstration within CIVITAS” while the second contains the PAC view on “The Future of Transport,” within the context of the EC’s 2011 White Paper on Transport to 2020.
The current PAC members can be seen here.
In December 2012, a ‘PAC Statement’ was completed in response to the EU’s call for opinions regarding ‘The Future Development of the Urban Dimension of Transport.’ The statement can be downloaded here. The PAC’s response pays considerable attention to the initiatives on integrated urban mobility as put forward in the transport white paper, including sustainable urban mobility plans, access restriction schemes (i.e. urban road user charging) and urban logistics.
The Secretariat of the CIVITAS Initiative’s Political Advisory Committee (PAC) hereby invites Expressions of Interest from high-ranking political representatives within European cities who wish to contribute to the work of the PAC. Expressions of interest should be submitted via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 28th, 2013. “EoI for PAC Membership” should be placed within the subject of the message. For further information on the call, click here.
For any further questions concerning the PAC, please contact its Secretary.
Ms. Gordana Kozuharova
PAC Secretary (as of June 2009)
C/o The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)
Ady Endre Ut 9-11
Tel: +36 26 504 000 ext. 421
Fax: +36 26 311294
Download the PAC statements here: