Towards a climate neutral EU:
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A renewal attempt for the local public transport infrastructure from Tîrgu Mureș Municipality

Organisation: Focus Eko Center Website: Added: September 14, 2022
Project start date: December 10, 2016
Project end date: March 12, 2023


The beneficiary of the project is Tîrgu Mureș Municipality (SMIS: 127574), funded through the Regional Operational Program 2014–2020 by the ERDF, with the goal of reducing carbon emission in county center cities. The aim of the project is to reduce the use of private cars and thus carbon emissions through ensuring an efficient public transport and an enhanced infrastructure for environmentally friendly alternative transport means. They plan to achieve this by enhancing the public transport and renewing the vehicles with environmental friendly buses from other EU backed funds currently in implementation.

Financial data

Total: 6,500,000 EUR from which the eligible sum: 5,280,000 EUR. ERDF contribution is 85%, government contribution is 13% and municipal contribution is 2%.


The EU contribution ensures that the municipality can follow its proposed Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, by which the city can reduce its carbon emissions resulting from transport. The council hopes that by 2023 there will be a 15% increase in the use of the enhanced public transport and an increase of 20% of bicycle usage on the bicycle lanes that will be increased with 1,2 km. It would be recommendable if this amount would be 10x the proposed length. Also 200 trees and scrubs will be planted on a total surface of 2176 m2. Although the goals are modest, the finance provides a much needed reinvigoration for a city lacking major investments in the last decades.

Information sources

Targu Mures city website

Other info

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.