Strategies and policies

Digital Single Market strategy

The Digital Single Market strategy is made up of three policy areas:

  • better online access to digital goods and services
  • an environment where digital networks
  • services can prosper and digital as a driver for growth.

Within the partnership of the Urban Agenda for the EU on the digital transition, cities, EU countries and the European Commission work together to provide more efficient public services and a better knowledge exchange. They focus on future health and social care services, eGovernment, 5G, urban planning, future learning and skills development.


European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC)

Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition

European eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020

Urban data and studies

Main data and studies

Open Data Portal for European Structural and Investment Fund (ESI)

Smart Cities Information System (SCIS)

The Digital Competence Framework for Citizens. Update Phase 1: the Conceptual Reference Model

Blueprint for cities and regions as launch pads for digital transformation

Policy Brief from ESPON: Digital Innovation in Urban Environments (2019)

EWRC Workshop Report: Digital Twins of cities (2020)

Funding opportunities and advice

Programmes and funding opportunities

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)

For more information and other funding opportunities, please visit our dedicated funding page.

Advice and technical assistance


Urbis is a new dedicated urban investment advisory platform within the European Investment Advisory Hub. It is set up to provide advisory support to urban authorities to facilitate, accelerate and unlock urban investment projects, programmes and platforms.


ELTIS is Europe's main urban mobility observatory, which facilitates the exchange of information, knowledge and experiences in the field of sustainable urban mobility in Europe.

Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS) 

JASPERS is the 'Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions', free of charge for local authorities and promotors, which advices cities and regions on strategic planning in a wide range of sectors. It supports the preparation of projects in areas benefiting from EU funds so they meet all the necessary standards.


fi-Compass is a platform for advisory services on financial instruments and is designed to support European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) managing authorities, Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) microfinance providers and other interested parties, by providing practical know-how and learning tools on financial instruments.


Beginner's Guide to EU Funding

Accessing regional-policy funds


Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs

Living-in.EU Movement - The European way to digital transformation in cities and communities


European Capital of Innovation

Project examples

Digital Cities Challenge

The Digital Cities Challenge is a tailored programme of coaching and facilitation launched by the European Commission to help 41 cities develop and implement digital policies that can transform day to day life for residents, businesses, workers, and entrepreneurs.

DISCUS will analyse, design, and demonstrate a complete end-to-end architecture and technologies for an economically viable, energy efficient and environmentally sustainable future-proof optical network.

Foodakai-1: Feasibility Assessment of an Intelligent Consumer App for Early Warning on Food Threats
Foodakai harmonises and makes more user-friendly the discovery of information on foodborne diseases, food alerts, outbreaks and recalls.

Clarity – Open eGovernment Services
The CLARITY project seeks to support European Member States in their pursuit for greater trust, transparency and efficiency within government via the increase take-up of open government initiatives.

ICT-Enabled Social Innovation (IESI)
IESI aims to explores how ICT-enabled innovation can enhance integrated approaches to social services delivery in different welfare systems within the EU.

EU legislation

Regulation EC 1501/2015  on the interoperability framework

Regulation 1502/2015 on setting out minimum technical specifications and procedures for assurance levels for electronic identification means