The Working and Coordination Groups are at the heart of the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform.
The Platform has been set up on behalf of the European Commission (DG Energy) as part of the Smart Cities and Communities Initiative under the SET-Plan to "filter and make accessible information on potential technologies to enable cities and local governments to find and finance suitable technological solutions". The objective of the Working Groups is to develop formalized information of technology solutions, increasing visibility while linking the information to a searchable database. The Working Group will also discuss and evaluate at expert level barriers to technology development and deployment and possible solutions at EU level to address these.
There are three thematic expert (technical) Working Groups, each dedicated to one technology area, and three horizontal groups, for developing strategic visions for the future based on the work undertaken in the Platform.