The cities of Gijon, Brighton & Hove and Ljubljana won this year’s EUROCITIES awards
The cities of Gijon, Brighton & Hove and Ljubljana were last night revealed as the winners of this year’s EUROCITIES awards. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held to mark the opening of this year’s annual conference, EUROCITIES 2013 Ghent – smart citizens taking place from 27-30 November. The awards recognise outstanding efforts by cities to engage with smart citizens to develop smart cities.
Presenting the awards, Freya van Bossche, Flemish minister for cities, housing, energy and the social economy (pictured left with the winners from Brighton & Hove), said:
“The truly smart city is one that works with its citizens to improve quality of life. The many, impressive entries for this year’s awards have shown us that that this is happening here and now in cities all over Europe. I hope that the examples of Gijon, Brighton & Hove and Ljubljana will inspire all other cities to keep on developing even more innovative ways of engaging with their citizens.”
The winning cities were recognised for the following projects in three categories:
Smart governance: Gjon - Citizen Card
Smart jobs: Brighton & Hove - BEACH (Brighton & Hove Employability Advice and Careers Hut)
Smart living: Ljubljana - Providing safe & equal opportunities in traffic for children & people with disabilities
This year we received 27 entries. These were judged by an independent panel of experts, comprising one representative each from the EU institutions, academia, the non-governmental sector, the media and the conference host city.
For more information on the awards, the winning and shortlisted projects, click here.