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.

Webinar - Citizen engagement in Lisbon

On 29 June 2017 from 11:00 to 12:30 (Brussels time / CET time), Sharing Cities hosts a webinar on citizen engagement in Lisbon. The presentation will be done by Renata Lajas, Advisor for the Lisbon Deputy Mayor Office of Housing and Local Development.

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start date: 29-06-2017
end date: 29-06-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Participate in a survey about digitalisation efforts for the urban renewal

The Dutch government collects contributions on the EU initiatives working on digitalisation.

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publication date: 15-06-2017

  •  knowledge society

Local communities to benefit from WiFi4EU Initiative

On 29 May 2017, a political agreement has been reached over the WiFi4EU initiative, which promises high-quality internet access and free Wi-Fi hotspots for 6 000-8 000 European local communities.

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publication date: 09-06-2017

  •  cooperation

WG Creative Citizenship meet in Brussels

The Working Group Creative Citizenship, chaired by Athens with Nantes as vice chair, met on 29 and 30 May in Brussels and continued its work exploring methods and tools for how city authorities can work with citizens to co-create solutions responding to local challenges.

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publication date: 09-06-2017

WG Urban Ageing in Gothenburg

The next meeting of the WG Urban Ageing will take place on 23 -24 October in Gothenburg, just before the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum. The meeting will start after lunch on the 23 and finish on 24 at the end of the day. The meeting will focus, among other topic, on transport, accessibility and technology for elderly in cities with a focus on Gothenburg. A first draft agenda is available on this page (log-in required). If you intend to participate, please register.

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start date: 23-10-2017
end date: 24-10-2017

Cities look to innovation to care for an ageing population

Our working group urban ageing met on 19 May in Brussels, the day after participants attended the conference ‘Innovation in Care: How to improve quality of life and services for an ageing population?’.

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publication date: 07-06-2017

  •  knowledge society

Participate in a survey on public Wi-Fi services

The city of Barcelona is collecting responses to the short questionnaire on internet access and public Wi-Fi services in order to identify different methods and challenges of internet service delivery for local authorities.

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publication date: 24-05-2017

  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Lisbon and Sharing Cities wants to know your opinion

Take part in a survey launched by the Sharing Cities project as a follow-up of our Mobility forum meeting in Lisbon last March. Future events on electro-mobility are waiting for you!

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publication date: 23-05-2017

  •  knowledge society

Interoperability Maturity Model accessible online

The Commission has made accessible a new tool assessing the interoperability of public services- the Interoperability Maturity Model (IMM).

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publication date: 19-05-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

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start date: 21-06-2017
end date: 21-06-2017