10 July 2012, Brussels
The launch conference, organised by the European Commission with the participation of attend by high-level speakers from industry and the public sector, presents the Communication on the Smart Cities & Communities Initiative. The Communication sets a reinforced EU policy framework across the three sectors in support of sustainable urban development.
Innovations in energy, transport and ICT need to accelerate the transformation of our urban areas into energy-efficient, sustainable, low-carbon environments. Transport and energy are being revolutionised by digital communication and information management that can improve quality, safety and reliability of their service offering. The convergence between these three industrial value chains for tomorrow's urban solutions requires a dedicated EU policy response in terms of future EU-research & innovation management and regulatory development.