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CITIES IN TRANSITION - The role of digital in shaping our future “Think Local, Act European”

The EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum (KSF) and the Green Digital Charter (GDC) jointly hosted the conference ‘Cities in Transition – The role of digital in shaping our future cities’ on 25 January 2017.

The event that brought together over 100 participants, hosted a political debate focused on exchanging views on politicians ‘smart city’ visions and expectations of the recently established Urban Agenda partnership on digital transition as well as two parallel technical workshops.


The political debate was animated by the cities of Eindhoven (Mary-Ann Schreurs, deputy mayor for innovation), Milan (Roberta Cocco, alderman on digital transformation), Oulu (Eero Halonen, chairman of the economic development board) and Rome (Flavia Marzano, alderman on smart city and innovation).

The discussion enabled participants to better understand cities’ priorities especially concerning data management issues, including the opening of data, data privacy and security, standards and interoperability of systems within and between cities.

The European Commission, represented by Eddy Hartog (Head of Unit, smart mobility and living at DG CNECT) outlined smart cities solutions; and presented the EU-one-stop-shop for cities as a multilevel collaboration enabler on urban policies, as well as the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC).

The parallel workshops focused on technical topics such as, data, e-Government, the Internet of Things (IoT), Standards, Urban Platforms, Performance Measurement of smart city projects, Connectivity and Procurement for Innovation. The aim was to discuss both opportunities and challenges.

The set of ‘take-away points and next steps for action’ that came out were presented during the wrap-up session of the Conference.

MEP Kaja Kallas (Eesti Reformierakond, ALDE) stressed the importance of the digital economy for the development of Europe. In this occasion, the Green Digital Charter awards ceremony took place. The following cities were awarded: Zaragoza, Mr. Carlos Alocen, Daniel Sarasa and Gerardo Lahuerta, received the award on ‘Citizen participation’ as a recognition of the impact of the ‘Zaragoza Citizen Card’ on society;

Lisbon’s integrated management system for energy efficiency developed under the FP7- funded BESOS project was awarded for its ‘European added-value’. Implemented in Lisbon and Barcelona, the project is a perfect example of how digital technologies can help in the global fight against climate change. The project’s coordinator, Francisco Goncalves,

received the awrd for the city of Lisbon. Runner-up cities for this category were Bristol (REPLICATE) and Zagreb (Zagreb Energy Week).

Finally, Tatjana Perse (Rijeka) received the award on ‘Promoting open and interoperable solutions’ for the iURBAN smart Decision Support System (DSS) project. This integrated, multilevel and scalable tool has been designed for cities’ administration to critically analyse energy consumption patterns and increase energy efficiency in public buildings. Runner-up cities for this category were Amsterdam (Open Data – Smart Neighbourhoods) and Valencia (Valencia Smart City Platform).


The agenda of the conference is available at