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Presenting the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities

European Innovation Partnership combines Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), energy management and transport management to come up with innovative solutions to the major environmental, societal and health challenges facing European cities today. With the aim of coming up with scalable and transferable solutions to contribute to the EU’s 20/20/20 climate action goals, it looks to reduce high energy consumption, green-house-gas emissions, bad air quality and congestion of roads. The Partnership aims to overcome bottlenecks impeding the changeover to smart cities, to co-fund demonstration projects and to help coordinate existing city initiatives and projects, by pooling its resources together. It ultimately looks to establish strategic partnerships between industry and European cities to develop the urban systems and infrastructures of tomorrow.

The Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform is one of the two governance bodies of the Smart Cities and Communities European Industrial Partnership (EIP). Together with the High Level Group (supported by its Sherpa Group), but from a bottom-up  perspective, the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform contributes to the discussion  about Smart Cities in Europe. On 5th June, during the Smart Cities Stakeholder Platform Annual Conference taking place in Budapest,  DG MOVE, DG ENER and DG CONNECT will organize an event dedicated to the EIP and its actors.

The European Commission has recently launched its official website for the  European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities. Please visit http://ec.europa.eu/eip/smartcities for more information.