About the Event
Finance and investment opportunities to build more sustainable, energy efficient and liveable cities at the core of the 2016 EIP-SCC General Assembly
Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič, Commissioner Violeta Bulc (Transport) and Dutch Minister Schultz van Haegen (Infrastructure and Environment) hosted the 2016 EIP-SCC General Assembly, an associated event of the Dutch Presidency of the European Council of the European Union, which took place in Eindhoven. 500 participants, representing cities, regions, companies and other organisations from across Europe, met at the Klokgebouw Trudo to discuss and explore future needs and opportunities to invest in smart cities.
The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities is Europe´s key initiative to foster the roll-out of smart city innovation at large scale.
"Mayors experience first-hand that new disruptive technologies are blurring the boundaries between the worlds of energy, transport, digital and the circular economy. Cities are where the rubber meets the road; it's where traditional policy silos are broken first. An Initiative such as the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities is there to help them doing that", said Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission.
Smart housing & living, smart electric mobility, intelligent lighting and mobility services...lots of things can and need to be done to deliver smart cities that benefit citizens needs. The solutions are there, but need to be taken up. This is why facilitating access to finance for cities, developing bankable business models and providing good and effective policy and regulation are now the focus of the work of this partnership.
“Cleaner air, safer transport networks, reducing congestion, optimising use of existing infrastructure – these are just some of the reasons why smart city development is so important. Cities need to come together in order to scale such investments into smart city development and to scale fast. A key priority for this Commission is simplifying and broadening access to finance; as well as developing innovative financing. We want more money to flow into good projects that can be replicated in cities across Europe, and then exported as solutions to the rest of the world. European cities and European companies need to stay in the global lead for smart and connected urban mobility. Therefore, better collaboration and co-creation between public and private partners is very much needed!”, said Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport.
by invitation only
Rob van Gijzel, Mayor of Eindhoven
What we do to support smart cities of the future: scaling, collaboration and investment
- Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport
- Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister for Infrastructure and Environment, the
Kingdom of Netherlands
Moderated by Henk Ovink, special envoy Kingdom of Netherlands
High Level Panel:
Investing into smart cities of the future – needs and opportunities at European scale
Introductory note on "Setting the scene for investments into smart cities" by
- Pim Van Ballekom (Vice-President European Investment Bank)
and subsequent panel discussion with
- Markku Markkula (President Committee of the Regions)
- Jean Coldefy (City of Lyon)
- Jan Olbrycht (Member of the European Parliament)
- Michal Olszewski (Deputy Mayor Warsaw)
- Pim Van Ballekom (Vice-President European Investment Bank)
Moderated by Henk Ovink, Special Envoy , Kingdom of the Netherlands
Smart Cities and the European Energy Union
Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič
Participatory break-out sessions:
Focused sessions on EIP action cluster initiatives and on smart city innovations in smart electro-mobility, smart mobility services, intelligent lighting, urban platforms, positive energy blocks, citizen-focus, planning and implementation.
See agendas on this website.
14:00 - 15:00
Participatory break-out sessions:
Focused sessions on action cluster Initiatives including master-classes on innovation procurement, financing and business models
High Level Panel
How to create demand for smart city solutions and how to finance them
- Pauline Bieringa (Managing Director Public Finance, BNG Bank)
- Emma Howard Boyd (Acting chairman of the Environment Agency, UK, and Vice-Chair Future Cities Catapult)
- Gino del Bufalo (deputy Chief Economist Cassa Depositi e Prestiti)
- Catherine Trautman (former mayor of Strasbourg/TEN-T coordinator/former MEP)
- Marianne Haug (Oxford Institute of Energy Studies and University of Hohenheim, Germany;
former Director, World Bank and International Energy Agency (IEA))
Moderated by Henk Ovink, Special Envoy Kingdom of Netherlands
Conclusions and outlook
Paweł Świeboda (Deputy Head European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission)
Magda Kopczynska (Director, European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport)
Klokgebouw 5617 Eindhoven, Netherlands
24th 2016, daily,
8.00 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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is the Commissioner for Transport at the European Commission. Among others, she is part of the Digital Single Market and Energy Union Team Projects within the Juncker administration. Before becoming Commissioner, Ms Bulc served as the Minister for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion and Deputy Prime Minister of the 12th Slovenian Government led by Miro Cerar.
is a Slovak career diplomat and since 1 November 2014 Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union. In this capacity, he leads the "Energy Union" Project Team within the Commission which comprises of 14 commissioners.
In 2014 he was elected as the Member of the European Parliament. From 2010 – 2014 he was Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration. In 2009-2010, he was European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. From 2004 -2009, he was the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the European Union. As diplomat by profession he served between 1992 and 2004 in Zimbabwe and Canada and as Ambassador to Israel.
He graduated from the University of Economy in Bratislava and the Moscow State Institute for Foreign Relations. He holds a degree as Doctor of Law and a PhD of European Law from the Comenius University, Faculty of Law, Bratislava. He also studied at Stanford University, USA.
Melanie Schultz van Haegen
is the Minister of Infrastructure and Environment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 2010. She served as Vice Minister for Transport, Public Works and Water management from 2002 to 2007. She obtained her Master in Policy Administration at Leiden University and specialised in European Health Leadership at INSEAD.
is the President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) since February 2015.
He has held several influential positions in the CoR such as the first Vice-Chair of the CoR's EPP Group and Chair of the CoR's EPP Task Force on Europe 2020. He was the CoR's rapporteur in the field of innovation for subjects including: "The digital agenda for Europe", "The role of local and regional authorities in achieving the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy", "Enhancing and focusing EU international cooperation in research and innovation", "Horizon 2020", "Better governance for the single market", "Closing the innovation divide", Creation of high-tech start-up ecosystems", and "The industrial policy package". He has also been a member of several High Level Expert Groups, such as the EU Smart Specialisation Mirror Group.
Ms Catherine Trautmann has been acting as the European Coordinator for the North Sea-Baltic TEN-T Corridor since 29 October 2014. Born in Strasbourg, France, she became active in local and national politics in the early 1980ies. She was elected Mayor of Strasbourg in 1989-1997 and subsequently became Minister for Culture and Communications in 1997-2000. She served as Member of the European Parliament in the years 1989-1997 and again in 2004-2014 as President of the French Socialist Delegation in the European Parliament.
Pauline Bieringa is Managing Director Public Finance at BNG Bank in The Hague. She has a wide international banking experience, especially in wholesale banking and risk management. She worked for 14 years with ING Bank in various management functions, lastly as Managing Director Corporate Banking at ING BHF Bank in Germany. Mrs. Bieringa joined BNG Bank as Managing Director in 2004 and is responsible for the bank's lending portfolio.
In addition to her position at BNG Bank, Mrs. Bieringa is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Amsterdam based Kas Bank NV and chairman of the Supervisory Board of LSP Life Sciences Fund N.V.
is at present Research Associate at the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies, teaches Energy Economics at the Universität Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany and serves as a member of the HORIZON 2020 Advisory Group on Energy at the European Commission.
Over the past two decades she has been involved in energy and urban policy and investment decisions from an international perspective; first at the World Bank as Director and Senior Advisor to the President and, thereafter as Director at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris from 2001-2005. In Germany, she served, inter alia as Chairman of the Board of the Forum für Zukunftsenergien in Berlin.
Her present research and advisory activities focus on the clean energy innovation dynamics and the special role of change agents such as cities and communities.
is Chief Economist at "Cassa depositi e prestiti" (CDP), Rome. He is professor of economics at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome and at International University College of Turin. He is the General Secretary of the Commission to reform the Public Property section of the Italian Civil Code. He is member of the Scientific Board of several Italian and international institutions and Think Tanks.
He has covered various positions in the public sector, including: Chief Economist and Head of the Research Department at Istituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale (IRI) and Member of the Council of Economic Advisers of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance. In 2009-2011 he acted as Economic Advisor to the Italian Minister of Economy and Finance.
Emma Howard Boyd
Emma Howard Boyd serves on various boards and advisory committees including the Environment Agency (Deputy Chair), the Future Cities Catapult (Vice Chair), ShareAction (Chair of Trustees), the Aldersgate Group.
Her past board and advisory roles have included being a director of Triodos Renewables PLC; Vice Chair and Chair of UKSIF, the UK sustainable investment and finance association, and a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance, set up by the UK Government to make detailed proposals on enhancing the UK environmental industries, technologies and markets.
She has spent her 25-year career working in financial services, initially in corporate finance, and then in fund management, specialising in sustainable investment and corporate governance.
PhD in Sociology. Lecturer, expert, politician and social activist. Former mayor and president of one of the Polish regions, active in many European local and regional government organisations. Regional policy and urban development expert. Speaker at international conferences on urban related issues. Member of the European Parliament since 2004, Vice-Chairman of its Committee on Regional Development in the years 2004-2009, Vice-Chairman of its Special Committee on Policy Challenges and Budgetary Resources for a Sustainable European Union after 2013 in the years 2010-2011.
Vice-president of the European Peoples Party Group at the European Parliament responsible for intercultural and interreligious dialogue in the years 2011-2014. Currently Member of the Parliamentary Committees on Budgets and substitute member of the Regional Development Committee. President of the European Parliament's URBAN Intergroup - a cross-parties and cross-committees grouping with a horizontal approach to discuss urban related issues.
is a Councilor and Member of the Board of the Greater Lyon Metropole, and a former Vice-Mayor of Lyon, in charge of new urban mobility. He attended business school in Paris and also holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne University in Paris. He began his professional carreer at the « Médecins Sans Frontières » headquarters in Paris, where he was in charge of the fundraising ; he later worked as field officer in east Africa. He joined the private sector as an executive officer (hotel industry). Mr. Vesco later joined the public sector.
At La Métropole / Greater Lyon, he promotes clean and shared mobility by fostering active modes of transportation like biking and walking, and by supporting intelligent mobility such as the “Velov” bike system (which he deviced with JC Decaux) and the “Bluely” electric-car service operated by Bolloré. He is also boosting info-mobility apps such as the “Optimod” GPS personal navigator and the “Onlymoov” mobility platform.
Gilles Vesco is also a member of the boards of the Public Transportation Authority of Lyon Region (SYTRAL), and the Lyon Public Parking Authority (LPA).
Mr Michal Olszewski
Graduate in Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw. As a Deputy Mayor responsible for the development strategy of Warsaw, supervises European funds, economic development, housing, environmental protection, waste management, and infrastructure.
Started his career in 1997 at the Office of the Committee for European Integration, being responsible for strengthening the potential of local authorities for European integration and EU funds absorption. Later at the Ministry of Economy and Labour, and then at the Ministry of Regional Development, in charge of strengthening the absorption abilities of local authorities. As a government expert, also involved with projects strengthening the local and regional administration in Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Romania.
Employed at the City of Warsaw since 2007, as Director for EU Funds Department and Director of Investment Service Department. In 2011 appointed the Deputy Mayor of Warsaw. Chair of the Warsaw Council for Innovation Policy. Representing the EUROCITIES association at the European Commission High Level Group for Smart Cities.
In 2007-2015 Chair of the Committee of EU Policy and International Cooperation of the Association of Polish Cities, since 2012 Co-Chair of Taskforce for Functional City and metropolitan Functional Areas of the Joint Commission of Government and Local Authorities. Actively involved with strengthening the cooperation within the Warsaw metropolitan area, author of several projects supporting functional links between the communes of the metropolis. Since 2012 Chair of the Steering Committee of Integrated Territorial Investments of the Warsaw Metropolis.
Awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland with Gold Cross of Merit (2015) and by the Minister of Administration and Digitalization with Medal of Honour for Services for the Territorial Self-Government (2015).
Prior to joining the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), an in-house think tank of the European Commission reporting directly to President Juncker, as Deputy Head, Paweł ŚWIEBODA was President of demosEUROPA – Centre for European Strategy, an EU policy think tank based in Warsaw, from 2006 to 2015. Earlier, he was Director of the EU Department at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the years 2001-2006 and EU Advisor to the President of Poland from 1996 to 2000.
A graduate of the London School of Economics (BSs in Economics), and the University of London (MA in International Relations), he is a member of a number of advisory boards of European think tanks as well as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Europe of the World Economic Forum. In 2013/2014, he was Rapporteur of the Review of European Innovation Partnerships.
Director for Innovative and Sustainable Mobility in Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport within the European Commission
Ms Magda Kopczynska is Director within the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the Her Directorate is responsible for the development and follow-up of the implementation of Innovative and Sustainable Mobility Policy. After joining the European Commission in 2006, to work in the Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services, she was appointed as the Head of Unit for Clean Transport, Urban Transport and Intelligent Transport Systems - between May 2009 and June 2011. Following which she became Head of Unit dealing with Maritime Transport policy and Logistics, from July 2011 until taking up her current post on 1 May 2014.
Prior to joining the European Commission Ms Kopczynska worked for 3 years as the Director of the Brussels Office of the Polish Private Employers Confederation 'Lewiatan', representing Polish entrepreneurs vis-à- vis the European Institutions. From 1999 until 2003 she worked for the Warsaw local administration, holding the job of Director of the Promotion Department and then as the Head of Cabinet of the Mayor.
Graduate of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow with a Degree in English Literature, Ms Kopczynska worked for several years in the public relations domain which she complemented with a Post-Graduate Degree in Communications from the Warsaw University.