Introduction

« A joint mobilization of all transport stakeholders to carry out a Mobility Shift »

Since the 18th of September 2015, Brussels Metropolitan has adopted a specific orientation: the Mobility Shift.

Today, several studies point out that the Brussels metropolis is one of the most congested of Europe, while others warn Belgium against a real loss of competitiveness caused by car congestion. This loss of efficiency comes with a growing frustration of and with environmental damages and urban planning mishaps without precedent.

The business world asks our political decision makers to consider a real Mobility shift. In order to do so, the business world asks them to overcome the traditional political divides, to get rid of paralyzing ideologies and to transcend the geographical and institutional boundaries that result from the consecutive state reforms.

For our modern human societies, mobility is a condition for well-being and prosperity. Only a joint mobilization of all transport stakeholders (both public and private, transport suppliers and consumers) will allow for the necessary solutions to be found.

Action topics

« Multiple solutions around five key action topics »

The complexity of the country’s institutions is exacerbated by the systemic complexity. The solutions are manifold and need to be implemented simultaneously.

For Brussels Metropolitan, the key actions concerning mobility in the Brussels metropolitan region can be structured around five action topics:

  • Infrastructure
  • Governance
  • Urban planning
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Mentality Change

Objectives

« A joint action plan for coordinated mobility solutions »

In order to avoid the pitfall of the mutual avoidance of responsibility, the Brussels Metropolitan road map contains solutions, with which the business world wants to contribute to society, fostering innovation and imagining partnerships and innovative financing.

In doing so, the founding members share the same vision (even though diverging opinions on some aspects of metropolitan mobility are inevitable) and present a joint action plan.

Above all, this enables Brussels Metropolitan to ensure the lobby coordination between the four founding partners, and – if need be – its own lobby.

Aligning the point of view of the business world is essential, as it is important to share a common diagnosis of certain problems, in order to be able to propose constructive and coordinated solutions to the public authorities competent for the matter.