18 April 2017

Smart cities – meeting in Strasbourg on April 6th

The last meeting of the URBAN Intergroup was dedicated to the presentation of smart cities in Europe by Eddy Hartog, Head of Unit Smart Mobility and Living from DG CONNECT, European Commission.


“A smart city is a city seeking to address public issues via ICT-based solutions on the basis of a multi-stakeholder, municipality-based partnership.” This concept of smart city was  recalled by Mr Hartog at the beginning of the meeting. Moreover, different EU pillars on smart cities such as the Urban Agenda for the EU and the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities were mentioned. Among the different EU sources for funding smart cities’ solutions are the European Regional Development Fund and Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


Participants of the meeting got a clear view how different DGs of the European Commission deal with different initiatives in smart cities. Furthermore, part of the discussion focused on urban platforms as architectural solutions aimed to integrated different technological aspects of smart cities. It has been stressed that unfortunately there is a lack of compatibility between different platforms in different cities. The issues of open standards and connectivity were discussed as well in this context.


3 April 2017

Presentation of UNESCO Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development – event in Brussels on May 2nd

On behalf of the MEP Bogdan Wenta, UNESCO and URBAN Intergroup, we are pleased to invite you to attend the presentation of UNESCO Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development on Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 from 15.00 to 17.00 at the European Parliament in Brussels (Room JAN 6Q1).


This report, which has been launched at UN Habitat III Conference  in Quito (Ecuador), presents a series of analyses and recommendations for fostering the role of culture for sustainable development. Drawing on a global survey implemented with nine regional partners and insights from scholars, NGOs and urban thinkers, the Report offers a global overview of urban heritage safeguarding, conservation and management, as well as the promotion of cultural and creative industries, highlighting their role as resources for sustainable urban development.


Our discussion will give opportunity for the representative of the European Commission (DG EAC, DEVCO, REGIO) to react to the report.


Registration is compulsory until Tuesday April 25th via the link

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