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"Regional and Urban Policy can spread the solutions pioneered by the Smart Cities and Communities initiative"

(14 October 2013)

Commissioner Hahn delivered a speech at the High Level Group of the EU Commission initiative "Smart Cities and Communities" that promotes technology in cities. He stressed that in the next period after the reform of the EU Regional and Urban Policy a greater profile will be given to cities and their role in driving growth for Europe.

The Commissioner added, "The Smart Cities and Communities initiative is a stepping stone for the future development of our cities. Regional and Urban Policy can spread the solutions pioneered by this initiative. The meeting of the Urban Development Network "Cities of Tomorrow Investing in Europe" on February 18th could be a key occasion to get this underway. This is an important chance to meet the cities and businesses that are key to making this happen."