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.

Milan demonstrating the advantages of mutual learning in Sharing Cities

ICF launched their new Policy into Action forum series on 16 November 2017, with their first event on ‘The power of mutual learning’, organised in association with EUROCITIES. Each forum aims to provide a platform to explore, discuss and learn more about how today’s policy challenges and issues can successfully be addressed through programmes, networks and other types of implementation initiative across Europe. Understandably, there is a lot of debate about EU policy-making, but less so...

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publication date: 21-11-2017

  •  knowledge society

Global standard for measuring city emissions announced

A new global standard for reporting cities’ greenhouse gas emissions inventories has been announced by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy during the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders at COP23, hosted by Bonn.

news

publication date: 15-11-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

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start date: 04-12-2017
end date: 05-12-2017

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

'Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens': let’s build a better Europe together!

A more positive future for Europe starts with its citizens. As local leaders and members of EUROCITIES, we are committed to engaging our citizens in a dialogue about our future.

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publication date: 14-11-2017

  •  knowledge society

A Digital Presidency. Takeaways from Estonia's programme for a Digital Europe (Brussels, 14 Dec 2017)

On 14 December, the Centre for European Studies and the Estonian Government will host a major event in Brussels to assess the progress of Estonian's programme for a digital Europe.

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start date: 14-12-2017
end date: 14-12-2017

  •  knowledge society

Broadband Days 2017 (Brussels, 20-21 Nov 2017)

Broadband Days 2017 brings together the most important actors on the broadband deployment and policy making scene. This event will feature the launch of the Broadband Competence Offices Network and announcement of the winners of Broadband Awards 2017. Plenary sessions and panel discussions will focus on broadband development from different perspectives.

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start date: 20-11-2017
end date: 21-11-2017

  •  knowledge society

How to Guarantee the Free Flow of Data in Europe (Brussels, 7 Dec 2017)

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ostensibly outlaws barriers to the flow of personal data between EU countries, and in September 2017, the European Commission published a draft regulation for a similar rule on non-personal data transfers. Yet a plethora of questions remain. How effective will the two regulations be at ending data localization in practice? Just how easy is it to separate personal from non-personal data, and treat them according to separate laws? And how...

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start date: 07-12-2017
end date: 07-12-2017

  •  knowledge society

"Blockchain & Commons" workshop (Brussels, 23 Nov 2017)

The Green European Foundation is hosting a workshop about digital commons in Brussels, on 23 November 2017, with the support of their partner Etopia.

event

start date: 23-11-2017
end date: 23-11-2017

  •  mobility

Sharing Cities become free-floating

Bike and car-sharing schemes are rapidly developing in European cities and they are now entering in a new phase: free-floating. In other words, shared vehicles don’t need to be picked up or left at a specific station, but the whole city area is eligible for parking. These innovations don’t come without challenges for our cities.

news

publication date: 08-11-2017