The European Committee of the Regions and the European Commission will jointly host a high-level seminar on 7 February in Brussels entitled Investing in Europe: building a coalition of smart cities & regions towards a Third Industrial Revolution.
The seminar will be co-hosted by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission and Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions. They will be joined by Jeremy Rifkin, President of the Foundation on Economic Trends.
Smart Cities and Communities are supported at large scale through H2020 where high impact Smart City-Lighthouse projects have been funded so far with ca. 250 Million Euro, involving close to 60 cities and leveraging an expected 1000 Million Euro more. These projects are focussed on bankable smart city solutions with high replication potential and development of innovative business model is at their core.
In addition, the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) gathers over 6.000 stakeholders from cities, industry, business and the financing sector to facilitate and to actively develop roll-out actions in the area of Energy, Transport and Information & Communication Technologies (ICT). Targeted initiatives have been launched from within the respective Thematic Action Clusters to gather the most committed actors to come to tangible and reproducible results and to trigger investment at scale.
Investing in Europe - European Committee of the Regions