On 9 October an Action Cluster Kick-Off Conference took place in Brussels. The event offered to the representatives of all committing partners of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) to meet and begin co-operating in six Action Clusters.

Neelie Kroes speaking at EIP conference

During the conference, the most recent developments and plans for the Partnership were presented. The collaboration among partners will push for innovative solutions.

Looking across all commitments, some areas or topics stand out where existing commitments already promise either immediate visible impact on quality of city services and market-development or longer-term, substantial gains in terms of break-through technologies and new market development. These include: Electro-mobility (smart use and management), New mobility services (sharing/renting/travel planning and management), Smart retrofitting and energy-saving (including smart energy control and management), City platforms (software tools for city management), Citizen participation apps, International coordination and collaboration initiatives.

The Commission's call to cities, businesses, the research community and civil society organisations to work together on making European cities smarter has proven a success: so far this year, altogether 370 commitments to fund and develop smart solutions in the areas of energy, ICT and transport have already been made. These commitments involve more than 3,000 partners from across Europe. The potentials for making our cities more attractive, creating business opportunities and staying ahead in this thriving market are huge.