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Barcelona, awarded with the European Capital of Innovation

Barcelona was awarded with the European Capital of Innovation (‘iCapital’) prize by the European Commission. The announcement was made at the closing ceremony of the Innovation Convention 2014, which took place on the 10th and 11th of March in Brussels.

The Spanish city, which prevailed over Grenoble (France) and Groningen (The Netherlands), was recognized “for introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens”. The prize includes 500,000 Euros which will be used to expand the city’s efforts on innovation.

Barcelona’s winning project was launched in September 2011 under the title “Barcelona as a people city”. Its objective is to introduce the use of new technologies to foster economic growth and the welfare of citizens.

The project included open data initiatives, offering valuable information to individuals and private companies; sustainable city growth initiatives on smart lighting, mobility and residual energy as well as social innovation. The aim is to provide ‘smart services’ in a flexible and continuous way through ICT to launch innovation in different areas of the city.

The European Commission recognises with the European Capital of Innovation Award those cities which are making major efforts to promote innovation and improving the quality of their citizens’ lives.