Better Funding - Draft Action 15: Strengthen the ability for cities to act within the digital transition

  • Cristina (Commu... profile
    Cristina (Commu...
    5 February 2018 - updated 4 months ago
    Total votes: 1
Start date: 
2018
Target date: 
2018

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Bottleneck

Digital transition revolutionises the European urban landscape. The challenge is how to find financing tools which enable true transition, accelerating the adoption of new processes and solutions in cities.

The funding tools should support multi-disciplinary approach. Multi-disciplinary execution challenges funding programmes as funding is needed to link different types of actions and investment types; it is not enough to invest in IT infrastructure.

Digital transition is also a long term process, and it takes time to deliver the promise. The promise of a digital transformation is a combination of better service with lower operating costs. At the same time, the set time frame to reach expected results is not realistic. This means that it is challenging to create a budget for digital transition processes initiatives for a multi-year complex, cross-functional digitalisation process.

Objective

Development of a Digital Transition Funding Programme that enables diversified projects, combining many sectors and a wide range of measures.

Output

Framework to be proposed to the European Commission for a funding programme to support cities in digital transition.

Implementation

Preparation of the funding programme structure based on cities’ experiences and needs related to digital transition.

Timeline

  • Q3/2018 – Preparing the funding framework.
  • Q4/2018 – Proposal to European Commission.
  • Q1-Q4/2019 – Piloting the funding structure.

Action leader

Oulu.

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