smart cities

Urban performance is no longer just dependant on a city's hard infrastructure – its 'physical capital' - but increasingly on the availability and quality of communication and social resources. 

The concept of a ‘smart city’ is now being used to describe modern urban competitiveness and highlight the growing importance of social and environmental capital in profiling the attractiveness of a city.

Certain enablers play a key role in this debate, such as information and communication technologies (ICTs) and a move towards an efficient use and consumption of energy.

We are working to integrate different aspects of the current debate. In our view, a smart city must be a good place to live, offering the best possible quality of life with the lowest possible use of resources.

Our work supports developments towards a healthy, energy-efficient city that uses renewable energy sources as much as possible, and is a pioneer in the deployment of advanced smart and ICT-based technologies.

A smart city is also an inclusive place, using technology and innovative solutions to improve social inclusion and combat poverty and deprivation.

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

The Ruhr metropolitan region invites you to a day of conference on digitalisation of cities (6 September)

Together with partners, the Ruhr metropolitan region is organising a day of conference on ‘How digitalization change cities – Innovations for the urban economy of tomorrow’.

event

start date: 07-08-2017
end date: 07-08-2017

  •  knowledge society

GDC cities in URBACT catalogue of good practices

Among all 97 good practices published by URBACT on sustainable urban development, three GDC signatory cities stand out for their investment in digital to impulse participatory change in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

news

publication date: 03-08-2017

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

Financing Clean Energy for all Europeans

Energy transition for jobs, growth, and investment Joint conference of the European Parliament and the European Commission

event

start date: 07-11-2017
end date: 07-11-2017

Silver Economy Award for ICT-related product and service innovations

The Silver Economy Awards is a new initiative to reward ICT-based innovative solutions that improve the lives of European seniors and support the growth of the European Silver Economy.

news

publication date: 26-07-2017

  •  knowledge society

Take part in a survey on eGovernance in Europe

The Urban Agenda Partnership on Digital Transition is currently gathering information on the level of eGovernance and digitalisation of public services in European cities.

news

publication date: 26-07-2017

  •  mobility

Places available for the CIVITAS study visit in Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Are you interested in learning more about successful school mobility management practices? Do you want to share your experience on this issue? Then don't miss this opportunity! A few places are still available to join the CIVITAS study visit in Reggio Emilia on 11-12 October!

news

publication date: 25-07-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

URBACT’s Good Practices unveiled: 'Inspiring solutions for better cities'

Looking for ideas on how to improve a city’s air quality, support local jobs, or involve citizens in accommodating refugees? Scores of tried-and-tested city solutions have been published online by URBACT, the EU learning and exchange programme for integrated, sustainable urban development.

news

publication date: 25-07-2017

  •  knowledge society

Nordic Edge Expo 2017

Bringing together cities, business and R&D communities, Nordic Edge has become the largest smart city event in the Nordics, and around 4000 participants from over 25 countries are expected to attend this third edition of the event. Representatives from cities like Eindhoven and Hamburg, the European Commission, the Nordic Council and global companies like Microsoft are amongst the speakers.

event

start date: 26-09-2017
end date: 28-09-2017

  •  knowledge society

‘State of Play of Interoperability in Europe 2016’ report is published

On 11 July 2017, the National Interoperability Framework Observatory of the European Commission issued the report ‘State of Play of Interoperability in Europe 2016’.

news

publication date: 12-07-2017

EUROCITIES Call for expert to produce publication on the role of cities in promoting social entrepreneurship

EUROCITIES has been collecting a lot of information and good practices from cities over the last two years, concerning the role of local authorities in promoting social economy and especially social entrepreneurship. We are now at the stage that all experiences and good practices reported by cities need to be compiled into one publication that can be disseminated widely at all levels.

news

publication date: 07-07-2017