Civitas Renaissance

CIVITAS RENAISSANCE embraces the motto of “Testing Innovative Strategies for Clean Urban Transport for historic European cities”. It is a project between five cities that face mobility challenges through seasonal tourism: Perugia (Italy), Bath (UK), Gorna Oryhavitsa (Bulgaria), Szczecinek (Poland), and Skopje (FYR of Macedonia).

CIVITAS RENAISSANCE aims to demonstrate how the legacy of the Renaissance can be preserved and developed through a renaissance of innovative and sustainable clean urban transport solutions. The project aims to test and develop a valuable, reliable and integrated package of mobility measures that will make historic cities cleaner and safer.

Known worldwide for their historic city centres, the CIVITAS RENAISSANCE cities are blessed with large numbers of visitors. Tourism itself is a key driver of the European economy accounting for 4 percent of the EU’s GDP. However, the demand on the transport system through seasonal tourism exacerbates the problem that the transport systems of historic cities typically face. They need to serve central urban areas that are characterised by a layout of narrow streets and where public, private and freight transport compete for space. Cities face the challenge to ensure economic vitality and employment, while maintaining a high-quality, safe and environmental-friendly public environment.

The CIVITAS Network includes cities that are part of the co-funded programmes known as CIVITAS I, CIVITAS II and CIVITAS Plus as well as cities who’ve yet to be involved in CIVITAS but which are similarly committed to introducing ambitious, clean urban transport strategies.

FYR of Macedonia

In the light of the current transport situation, Macedonia’s capital has joined CIVITAS RENAISSANCE to benefit from the know-how and best practice of other CIVITAS cities. Skopje is working on a strategy for the development of a sustainable urban transport system with a particular focus on the development of public transport. The quality of the service will be improved through real-time passenger information, and smart ticketing solutions based on an integrated fare system for all public transport services. The public transport fleet will be renewed and converted from diesel to compressed natural gas (CNG) and electric vehicles to reduce pollution.  Additionally, light rail transit will be introduced for a faster and more sustainable service with greater capacity.

Please find the contact information for the Macedonian partners here:

and here:

Project type
  • FP7
Contact details
Phone:+36 26 504 046
Fax:+36 26 311294
Address:Civitas Secretariat: Mr Csaba MEZEI The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) Ady Endre út 9-11, 2000 Szentendre
Geographical focus
  • International; Other
  • Republic of North Macedonia
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General
  • Humanities
September 2008 - September 2012

Entry created by Anngrit Pichler on March 19, 2012
Modified on March 19, 2012