Due to a railway accident occurred in Italy on August 30, as a sign of condolence and respect for the victims, the Italian State Railways Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group, and the member of EGWA, RFI (company of the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group), does not organize and does not take part in public events.

For this reason, the European Greenways Award will not be held on 21st September 2023 and will be rescheduled to a new date to be announced as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.

EGWA expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to RFI at this very painful time

We look forward to your understanding, hoping you will be able to join us at the Awards in Rome in the coming dates.


International Conference on Greenways and Sustainable Tourism

Date: Thursday 21st September, New date to be announced as soon as possible.

Venue: Sala della Protomoteca. Piazza del Campidoglio, 1 – Roma (Italy)


The international conference is organized on the occasion of the 11th European Greenways Award 2023 Award giving ceremony, that will be held on Thursday 21st September in Roma.  It is jointly organized by the European Greenways Association , Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, and the Associazione Italiana Greenways, with the patronage of Roma Capitale.

>> Participation is Free Prior Registration required 

>> Registration  will be re-open in due time >>  ENGLISH /     ITALIAN


10.30   Guest and Press Registration

Welcome coffee

11.00    Welcome and Institutional Greetings

11.30    Session 1: European Strategies and National programs

  • Greenways in Europe. Mercedes Muñoz Zamora, Director of the European Greenways Association (EGWA)
  • Sustainable Tourism in Europe. European Tourism Agenda. Ramune Genzbigelyte-Venturi, Policy officer for Tourism, DG GROW (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), European Commission
  • The recovery of disused railways in greenways in Italy. Ilaria Maggiorotti, Head, Asset Strategy Advisory, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI)
  • The National Ecopistas Program in Portugal. Paulo Rodrigues, Plano Nacional de Ecopistas manager, Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) – Património

12.30   Session 2: Cycle and active mobility for sustainable tourism

  • Cycle Tourism in Europe. Agathe Daudibon, EuroVelo Manager, European Cyclists’ Federation
  • The National Vias Verdes program in Spain.  Arantxa Hernández Colorado, Vías Verdes program Director, Spanish Railways Foundation
  • Greenways and Tourism in Ireland. Michael Fitzsimons, Manager, Product Development Activities, Fáilte Ireland (National Tourism Development Authority)
  • The Italian Soft Mobility Atlas. A collaboration of the Italian Soft Mobility Alliance (AMODO) and Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). Luigi Contestabile, Head, Strategies and Stations Development, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI). Giulio Senes, AMODO, University of Milan

13:30   Light Lunch

14.30   Session 3: Regional initiatives and funding opportunities

  • Funding Regional initiatives. Dorota Tomalak, Deputy Head, Commission for Natural Resources (NAT), European Committee of the Regions (CoR)
  • Soft mobility projects in Roma Capital CityAnna Donati, President and CEO, Roma Servizi per la Mobilità
  • The Greenway of the Trabocchi Coast.Daniele D’Amario, Regional Councilor for Tourism, Abruzzo Region
  • The RAVeL network in Wallonie (Belgium). Isabelle Dullaert, Policy Officer, Public Service of Wallonia – Mobility and Infrastructures. Anne Zinnen, Director, Tourism Office of Pays de Herve
  • Cycle Tourism from the Pyrenees to the sea: Vies Verdes Girona and Pirenexus. Silvia Marty, Communication Officer, Vies Verdes Girona Consortium
  • Greenways development in Latvia. Raitis Sijats, President, Latvian Greenways Association
  • Re-Building bridges through greenways: the cross-border (Poland-Germany) greenway. Olgierd Geblewicz, President, West Pomeranian Voivodeship (Poland)
  • The Western Balkans Greenway project. Mirko Radovanac, President, Yugo Cycling Campaign (Serbia)

16:30   Coffee break

16.45   Session 4: Citizens involvement and best practices

  • Greenways and involvement of local people in France. Pierre Hémon, President, French Association for the Development of Cycle routes and Greenways (AF3V)
  • “Schwarzbachtrasse” former railway: a project “by citizens for citizens”. Christa Mrozek, Wuppertalbewegung (Wuppertal Movement), Germany
  • Science and art for citizen involvement: the “Sentieri di ferro” docufilm. Lucia Varasano, Research Fellow, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • The Royal Canal Greenway: a good example of product development. Mervyn Hamilton, Project Coordinator, Waterways Ireland
  • The cross-border Bicycle Festival on the Iron Greenway in Poland and Czechia. Bogdan Kasperek, Agency for Development and Regional Cooperation (OLZA), Poland

18:00   11th European Greenways Award Ceremony 

19:00   Conclusion


>> Language: English/ Italian (simultaneous translation)

Addressed to: Tourism promotion and greenway management authorities; service and equipment providers (SMEs) around greenways; Public authorities and private organisations that want to promote greenways and sustainable tourism in their territories; Tour operators and active tourism agencies specialized in greenways, cycling, cultural and nature tourism. Representatives involved in design, research and training related to greenways and infrastructures for active mobility;

Are you a member of one of these groups?   We hope you can join us!

>> Participation is Free Prior Registration required 

>> Registration  open >>  ENGLISH /     ITALIAN


Location: Rome, (Italy)