Towards a climate neutral EU:
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Improving Urban Transport in the Town of Dupnitsa

Organisation: Economic Policy Institute Website: Added: October 31, 2023
Project start date: May 26, 2017
Project end date: February 10, 2020


The project ‘Integrated urban transport of the town of Dupnitsa’ aimed at improving the system for public transport in the town of Dupnitsa, by implelemting several activities: 1) Improving the links between the integrated public transport and intercity railway transport with a view to the realization of intermodal transport operations; 2) Development of route network to remote residential areas, by creating a new line of the public transportation, which will provide direct transport links between the regions covered by the public transportation; 3) Purchase of new rolling stock for the needs of the public transportation that meets European legislation on emissions from engines in order to improve air quality and increasing accessibility to integrated public transport; 4) Improving the accessibility to bus stops urban public transport, by updating the sidewalks, eliminating obstacles to the guidance and information, light and audio announcements of stops, clear visual marking of the lines and timetables, information, understandable and suitable for people with reduced vision or blind; 5) Deployment of integrated public transport; including automated control systems and traffic monitoring to detect vehicles and positioning and securing the primacy of vehicles of urban public transport, systems for passenger information in real time; 6) Construction, renovation and reconstruction of the road network in the rout lines of urban public transport, incl. marking and placement of road signs, to develop an integrated public transport system; 7) Upgrading transport infrastructure by updating equipment and service base, with a view to the maintenance of newly purchased buses of public transport.

Financial data

Total project cost: EUR 3 277 577; Grant: EUR 3 261 118; Own funding: EUR 16 459.


Although, the project will contribute to reducing air pollution form the usage of public transportation buses aged between 20 and 31 years, the purchase of 4 diesel buses with EU funding totaling EUR 433 461 seems not ambitions enough in order to meet EU’s long terms decarbonisation efforts in the field of transport

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European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.