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Hall 3 (Room FET, INNOVATION & EOSC), 20/09/2019 (09:00-10:15)

Communities are grappling with the challenge of understanding how best to connect the rapidly growing volumes of data from their existing service operations (e.g. energy, transport, etc.), new Internet of Things (IoT) sensors (conventional and crowdsourced), social interactions and the like – in order to deliver better outcomes for their citizens and their local economy. At the same time, the increasing volume of health data (e.g. from health care records, disease and patients registries, genomic banks), combined with new digital technologies, has the potential to play a key role in transforming health and care systems, by optimising overall system governance, workflows and decision making and transforming the science and practice of disease prevention, diagnosis, self-care, treatment and cure (personalised approaches). In Horizon2020, the European Innovation Partnerships on Smart Cities and Communities and Active and Healthy Ageing as well as other EC initiatives and studies, the European Commission and the stakeholders have developed a number of successful digital solutions, which will reach implementation maturity in 2021.

For Smart Communities the programme aims to deploy at scale Open Cross-sectorial Urban green Digital Platforms&Services that will enable an easy standardised access to new data sets and large scale roll-out of AI driven services that go beyond the individual interventions, for example in Smart Energy, Smart Mobility, waste and secondary resource management, industry and (re)manufacturing, healthcare, e-government, etc. This, in turn, will bring to European citizens and businesses the benefits of fully interoperable, scalable and decentralised smart city and smart rural areas ecosystems capable of supporting cross-sector digital services.

For Smart Mobility, the programme aims to deliver and complement an open Mobility as a Service (MaaS) ecosystem for package delivery solutions, for fleet management and for citizens, covering different transport modes (both public and private). The aim is to allow for interoperable, transparent, secure, privacy-aware and cross-border solutions deployed at a large scale to a large number of cities, including last-mile delivery (e.g. via drones) and allowing for alternative business models. These solutions will also focus on improving the quality of life (e.g. reducing air or noise pollution) and thereby build on the health and clean planet data.

Actions in the Digital for a Clean Planet will focus on high-impact deployments of ICT solutions and the creation of a common and open environment data space (with the support of cloud federation of services, high-computing capacity and AI algorithms) aiming at using environmental and other data for creating solutions and applications to achieve environmental and climate goals. It will also aim at 'greening' ICT products and services, namely improving the energy efficiency as well as climate neutrality, reparability, lifespan and recycling (circularity) of ICT products and services to minimize the unwanted side effects of digitalisation and to contribute positively overall to environmental goals, in particular to climate and circular economy.

Actions in the Health area aim to improve the efficiency and quality of health and care systems and support their regulatory processes by accelerating and scaling-up the integration of new, cost-effective digital solutions (such as the cross-border interoperability of electronic health records (EHR)) and infrastructure and the development of a European health data space, built on the initiatives in MS and regions, to the benefit of practitioners, scientists, policy makers and citizens whilst ensuring privacy and security. It will also entail fostering a European approach to accessing health data sets that will enable the development, testing and deployment of innovative and cost-effective data-driven tools and services (based on technologies like AI, data analytics and Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technologies), taking advantage of advanced computing and federated cloud services.

For the above actions in all areas, synergies with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF+), Horizon Europe, CEF2 will be sought. Further actions will be the establishment of testing and experimentation facilities and the promotion of the acquisition of the necessary advanced digital skills. The digital innovation hubs will also be used as essential instruments of the implementation. Consensus on common standards and their adoption and maintenance in line with the goals of the Digital Single Market is of utmost importance.

The session will give an overview of the Digital Europe Programme and the specific areas covered by this session. Key stakeholders from cities and communities, health and digital for planet will present projects that are representative for the types of project that will be financed under the programme. There will be a question and answer panel session with the speakers in which the participants will be encouraged to actively participate.

Agenda and other documents

Coordinator: Svetoslav MIHAYLOV (European Commission, CNECT, Belgium), Anne AUFFRET (European Commission, DG CONNECT, Luxembourg)


No individual presentations are expected for this session.

However, you are warmly invited to take an active part to the discussion which will follow the interventions of some key stakeholders. You may also contribute by providing your comments below or you may wish to consider replying to the Targeted Consultation on the Digital Europe programme.


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