The future is still undecided: Concept note for urban mobility reform program

This paper outlines a proposal for broad reform agenda for urban mobility in Ukraine. By supporting this reform agenda, Ukraine and its international partners can reduce the reliance on imported fossil fuels, reduce the number of people killed in accidents, improve quality of life and reduce costs for citizens, business and government.  

In the short term, it helps:

  • mitigating the effects of macro-economic shocks (e.g. shocks induced through rising prices)
  • preparing local governments and transport companies for implementation of macro-economic reforms
  • showing commitment by government and international partners for reform
  • enabling highly visible measures (e.g. upgrading of public transport and of urban space) at short notice (i.e. summer 2014) .

The proposed reform agenda covers:

Issue Indicator
Visions and goals A National Urban Mobility Strategy has been adopted, together with an implementation programme.
Responsibilities and planning processes Planning procedures are in line with international standards and facilitate adequate public consultation.
Public transport systems The framework conditions for public transport have been improved and clear structures established.
Ongoing reform and adaptation: regulatory reform – upgrading skills – international networking Comprehensive reform program for urban mobility planning and implementation is established
Innovation campaign – 100 pilot projects for shared learning The ‘Nasha Ukraina – nasha Mobilnist’ program (“Our Ukraine – Our mobility” (working title)) is established and is being implemented in 100 pilot projects in at least 50 Ukrainian cities.
Funding The National Fund for Sustainable Mobility is established and is replenished from a levy amounting to 1 UAH/litre on petrol and diesel.
Design standards The DBNs and relevant technical standards for planning and use of transport modes have been revised.

Drafted by: Armin Wagner is a transport engineer and has worked on mobility issues at GIZ for 10 years, with a particular focus on urban mobility and fuel prices. He has been in charge of the project ‘Climate-friendly mobility in Ukrainian cities’ (, implemented by GIZ and the City of Lviv/Ukraine on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI). On behalf of BMZ, GIZ is currently implementing the project “Advisory services to EURO-2012 host cities” with transport as one focus area (the project covers Kyiv, Donezk, Kharkiv, Lviv).

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