Extracts from the common press conference by Siim Kallas, Neelie Kroes and Günther Oettinger on Communication on Smart Cities
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 10/07/2012 First transmission: 10/07/2012
On 10 July 2012, Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, held a joint press conference on Communication on Smart Cities, in Brussels.
The Smart Cities and Communities Initiative was launched in 2011. In the first year (2012), 81 Million euros has been earmarked for this initiative, covering only two sectors: transport and energy. Demonstration projects financed under the scheme can be in either one of the two sectors - rather than the two combined.
Starting from 2013, the budget has been increased from € 81 Million to € 365 Million, covering three areas instead of two: energy, transport and ICT. In addition, each and every demonstration project financed under the scheme must combine all the three sectors. Pooling the sources together also means using synergies.
With this Smart Cities Partnership, the EU will help to establish strategic partnerships between those industries and European cities to develop and roll out the urban systems and infrastructures of tomorrow.
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||Joint arrival of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, and Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda
||Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in GERMAN) saying that the second approach is to get industry on board working together for the EU cities. Industry brings together the technologies, technologies which are tested in laboratories but which can be applied and then cities responsible for using these technologies for town planning, for procurement and building policies.
||Siim Kallas, Günther Oettinger and Neelie Kroes
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): One of today's major challenges is how best to design and adapt cities into smart, intelligent and sustainable environments. We need innovation research and investment not only in transport but across sectors. Today we are investing in projects where three key sectors are closely linked: energy, transport and information services. For example, a smokeless and silent electric city buses using digital technology, satellite technology to improve traffic flows, smart phone application to reserve alternative fuel rental vehicles, smart fast charging for electric vehicles.
||Cutaway of photographers
||Soundbite by Neelie Kroes (in ENGLISH): An overall I see ICT delivering three things to the partnership: high speed broadband networks, interruptible systems that allow information to flow freely and access to data like from smart meters sharing data while respecting customer privacy. I also want to mention smart cities being green cities that Commissioner Potočnik strongly supports. We do not want expensive cities, or cities without clean air or cities with too much traffic or rubbish and Europe has already a comparative advantage in the business of keeping our cities liveable, healthy and sustainable and the world will certainly demand this expertise in the years to come.
||Departure of Siim Kallas, Günther Oettinger and Neelie Kroes