First face-to-face meeting of GECKO stakeholders in London

The first GECKO Stakeholder Workshop took place in London on 24 and 25 October.

Stakeholder input is a cornerstone of the GECKO project. So much is happening so fast in the realm of disruptive mobility that the only way to begin to understand it and to start to see patterns is to talk to those directly involved. GECKO has been doing this for several months through online exchange but we had our first face-to-face meeting with 24 stakeholders from across Europe and beyond on 24-25 October in London. Stakeholders came from large and small private industry representatives, local and regional authorities and public transport authorities and associations, NGOs and research.

Stakeholders were asked for their input and experience with questions of collaboration between the public and the private sector, types and level of regulation and other factors influencing the successful implementation of new mobility solutions.

The output of the workshop will feed directly into several GECKO activities ranging from a map of regulations to an analysis of cooperation models among public and private parties.

A full workshop report is being prepared, but trends coming out of workshop discussion indicate that there is often a lack oftechnical or data-related skills in the public sector to assess new services or to write effective calls for tender and that trust between the private and the public sector is a challenge, as these groups have very different goals for new mobility.

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