Smart city, EU funding for the cities of the future
Already on the track Parma and 6 other urban centers. New roadmap available for cities
Brussels, 10th May 2019 – Energy efficiency and a strategic use of ICT tools to improve the quality of life of European citizens, without losing sight of the need to preserve industrial competitiveness, in particular of SMEs: these are the key elements of the sustainable city of the future identified by the ‘Smart City Guidance Package’, the free guide published by the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) during the event hosted by the European Committee of the Regions.
In order to implement them, between 2014 and 2020 the European Commission has made available a fraction of the 456.6 billion euros allocated to European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds but transforming European cities into smart cities requires the actors involved to adopt a cohesive approach: faced with this need, the Guide published by EIP-SCC takes its cue from the 17 objectives for 2030 set by the UN on sustainable development and proposes a roadmap in 7 steps, to support stakeholders in the implementation of innovation projects, synergies and strategies for the smart city.
“The effectiveness of the 7 steps outlined in the roadmap has already been successfully tested in 5 European cities, according to the working methodology of the European Innovation Partnership: the active involvement of the different stakeholders in the development of smart cities, from institutions and cities to include banks, industries, SMEs and citizens,” said Simona Costa, coordinator of the European Partnership for Innovation (born in 2012 on the initiative of the European Commission) and head of the Brussels office of Fondazione CS MARE. “We are particularly proud to note that several Italian cities have contributed to the initiative, including Florence, La Spezia, Milan, Pisa, Genoa, and which we hope will soon be joined by many others”.