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Como, Italy



Como is located in the Lombardy Region, which is considered as one of the "Four Engines of Europe", being one of the richest regions within the European Union. Small-medium enterprises are at the root of its productive system. The Directorate Commerce, Tourism and Services of Lombardy Region aims to promote the competitiveness of the Lombardia economic system and the entrepreneurship of the three sectors and plays a major role in the coordination of the activities of the Lombard Fairs. It supports both the growth of quality of trade and tourism SMEs and the innovation and development of the service enterprises, especially favouring the efficiency of the logistics sector and sustainable mobility with pilot actions. The Directorate is responsible for the implementation of the operational objective "Improving urban logistics services" within the recently approved "5 years Regional Development Plan".

Role in the project

Como will participate in the development of the project in WP1 and in the demonstration (WP3).


"The Lombardy region addresses urban freight under the different rules for access," "timetables and time windows for loading/unloading, access to Limited Traffic" "Zones (LTZ) and reserved lanes. The issuing of LTZ is peculiar to Italian historical areas of city centres. However, the rules for accessing LTZ and the related exemption rules are different, often covering passenger and freight traffic with the same time windows. The Lombardy freight strategy includes several UCC existing in Lombardy. The most relevant is ""Merci in Centro Como"", established in 2009 after a Framework Agreement between the Municipality of Como and the in-house service provider ""Como Servizi Urbani"", that runs the UCC. The business model followed by Merci in Centro Como is the one established in Padova, which proved economically self-sustainable after the start-up peri

od. The model implies the existence of a ""fostering policy"": Cityporto vehicles will be"allowed to enter the LTZ, although this fostering regulation – if applied to Cityporto vehicles only - has to be justified with a higher environmental performance of the vehicles.

Each city-region will, with the mutual support of all stakeholders, demonstrate innovations that are tailored to their unique socio-economic, cultural and geographical environment, whilst at the same time carrying out a standardised monitoring and evaluation programme.

The Lombardy region is to demonstrate a remote monitoring system for full electric vehicles enabling a dynamic mission management integrating energy forecasting procedures and algorithms for urban interurban shipment planning.

Previous Experience

For more than a decade Lombardy Region has been really active in the sustainable mobility and environment protection and implemented "Zero Regio", as one of the biggest FP6 Project on sustainable mobility and clean fuels (Hydrogen). In the interregional Cooperation 2000/2006 Lombardy Region was lead partner in the ERFD Project REGINS, focused on the regional framework/support for innovation in automotive and logistics SME clusters. In the cross-border Cooperation Programme Italy-Switzerland 2007/2013, Lombardy Region is a partner in ERDF funded DESTINATION project, focused on a the development of a data processing system for dangerous goods transport monitoring. In transnational EU Cooperation Programmes 2007/2013 the Directorate Commerce, Tourism and Services is partner in the Alpine Space Programme Project TRANSITECTS (Transalpine Transport Architects) focused on making rail more attractive and accessible for the logistics market by offering competitive and sustainable alternatives to the road and thereby to mitigate the negative effects of traffic.



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This Project is being funded by the European Commission, 
Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement No. 285195