The EIP-SCC Presented in Washington D.C. US-UE cities partnership opportunities

By Simona Costa
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The EIP-SCC Presented in Washington D.C. US-UE cities partnership opportunities


For the first time, the European Union Initiatives on technology innovative solutions and transatlantic collaboration among Cities and Communities were presented during the 2017 Global City Team Challenge EXPO, on the 28th of August in Washington D.C. Organized by The US National Institute of Standard and technologies.

The event moderated by Giulio Busulini, Scientific and Technology Attaché Embassy of Italy in Washington, showed a wide portfolio of opportunities put in place by European Union to support knowledge sharing and capacity building among UE and US cities.

The debate focused upon the following four presentations given by representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to the US, the European Investment bank and the European Innovation partnership for Smart cities a public and private initiative boosting innovative and scalable smart cities solutions developed in European Union:

  • Initiatives supporting Smart cities and IoT solutions Andrea Glorioso Counsellor (Digital Economy and Cyber) Delegation of the European Union to the US European 
  • Overview of the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities initiatives
    Simona Costa, Action Cluster Chair Integrated Planning, European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities 
  • Transatlantic cooperation for urban sustainability 
    Giuliana Torta Counsellor (Environment, Climate, Maritime) Delegation of the European Union to the US 
  • Innovative cities Private public Investment mechanisms supporting scalable solutions 
    Carlota Cenalmor, Deputy Representative of the European Investment Bank DC Office funding 

The 2017 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Expo organised by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has involved over 100 cities and communities around the world in partnership with more than 300 companies, universities, non-profits, and federal government agencies to share and exhibit their smart city projects and the impacts on their communities. International participants included cities from Finland, France, Ireland, Italy (Genova, Perugia and Pisa), Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Portugal, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Five pavilions—on transportation, public safety, utilities, city data platform and public WiFi/broadband— presented real-world examples gleaned from cities around the world. A major long-term goal of the GCTC is to promote the emergence of a robust marketplace of replicable, standards-based IoT solutions available to communities worldwide to meet their smart city needs. New public-private partnerships, formed through the GCTC process, provide one means to meet that goal.

To find out more, get in contact with the Integrated Planning, Policy and Regulations Action Cluster at