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Investing in Europe: building a coalition of smart cities & regions  

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.

With this in mind, we have invited Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of the Economy for Luxembourg; Arantza Tapia, Minister for Economic Development and Infrastructures, Basque Government; Xavier Bertrand, President of Hauts-de-France; Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam; Jozias Johannes van Aartsen, Mayor of The Hague; and Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, to share their experiences in mobilizing the public sector, business community, civil society and academia towards transforming their jurisdictions into a smart economy and society. Whatever your involvement in smart cities and regions – as an EU investment pioneer, as a climate change ambassador or through other associations such as Open and Agile Smart Cities ( whose 2017 conference took place at the CoR last week ) – we look forward to seeing you on 7 February.

Please click here to register .
The seminar takes place at the CoR, JDE 62 - rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels, 10.00 - 16.15, including a networking lunch. There will be a press conference in JDE 60 from 09.00 to 09.45.
The event can be followed via webstream here:
  • Strategic Energy Technology Plan - European Commission
The Energy Union strategy in 2015 identified Research, Innovation and Competitiveness as one of its key 5 dimensions that will contribute to achieve the ambitious European energy and climate goals for 2020 and 2030 in a secure, cost-effective and sustainable way. In a sector such as R&I for low carbon technologies, where public investment is small compared to private (15% versus 85%) and where European funding represents around 20% of the total public, it is of paramount importance to coordinate national and European, public and private efforts to maximise the impact of investments. This is the role of the SET Plan during the last 10 years, being the framework for the dialogue with SET Plan countries and research institutes and industry to ensure that we combine our R&D efforts on well-defined priorities with concrete targets.

This year the result of extensive consultation with the SET Plan actors was to set ambitious targets that focus on integrating cost efficient low-carbon technologies into the energy system whilst involving and boosting the role of the consumers. Our current work focuses on how to implement the targets by aligning efforts and promoting synergies in identified, impactful R&I actions.
  • Smart Cities and Communities

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.

Organizer: CoR and European Commission
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