The European way of digital transformation in cities and communities

In times when cities and communities are looking to digital solutions to tackle a growing range of interconnected challenges, we must boost these efforts through a ‘European Way’ where digital solutions help to create places where people enjoy living and working.

Digital solutions are broad and include approaches to smart urban mobility, energy efficiency, sustainable housing, digital public services, and civic-led governance. Large-scale uptake and upscale of these solutions are crucial to help our cities and communities meet their climate targets and reduce their environmental footprint, while fostering citizen participation and bringing prosperity to all types of business, including SMEs and start-ups.

Through co-creation with citizens, we aim to bring the economic and social benefits of this transformation to all local communities and implement an inclusive digital Europe, with powerful digital services, technologies, infrastructures and skills.

Signing the Declaration

As an official representative of a public administration at local, regional, national or European level, you can sign this Declaration.
The signing of the Declaration officially started during the Oulu Boost Event on 10/12/2019 and will continue online until the Cities Forum in Porto on 31/1/2020 and beyond. If you click on SIGN, you are redirected to EUSURVEY. This online tool is used to collect the signatures. To enter the signed declaration in the system, an EU login needs to be created/used.

For us and our EU citizens

We encourage all representatives of a public administration at local, regional, national or European level to sign the declaration. So we can work more closely together to better use all possibilities of digital technologies for improving quality of life for us and our European citizens.

What’s in it for us?

  • As a city, community and citizen we maintain our independence in deploying innovative digital solutions tailored to individual needs for both big and small communities while respecting citizen digital rights.
  • Member States support and facilitate cities and communities to develop efficient, cost-effective and citizen-centric services.
  • Developers and/or entrepreneurs will profit from the deployment and scaling up of open, interoperable, cross-sector and cross-border platforms.
  • Decision makers can more easily ensure data and technological sovereignty in the EU, respecting European values.

Upcoming events

Connected Smart Cities & Communities Conference 2020

Connected Smart Cities & Communities Conference 2020

Scale with Us

22 Jan 2020 - 23 Jan 2020

The EGG Brussels | Bruxelles, Belgium

Connected Smart Cities & Communities (CSCC) is the annual conference organised by Open & Agile Smart Cities. The conference is the place for cities, policy-makers, researchers, and businesses to come together and to connect to the forefront of human-centric societal development of technologies, markets, and policy in the 21st century.

Porto, Portugal

Porto, 4th Cities Forum 2020 

“Together we shape a sustainable urban future”

30 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2020

Porto, Portugal

The next CITIES Forum will take place in Porto, Portugal, on 30 and 31 January 2020. The event will gather the urban community and serve as a forum to discuss the Urban Agenda for the EU, among other things. 



Introducing will be the label, the identity from which we will further shape this collaboration. Following the principles and European values and use all assets that the existing networks already have led.
Although a number of initiatives have led to successful innovative digital solutions, their impact on society as a whole remains limited and unevenly distributed across the EU. It is time for all levels of government in the EU to join forces to scale up digital solutions so that at least 300 million Europeans can enjoy a better quality of life by 2025. We aim for an inclusive, digital Europe so that every community can enjoy the economic and social benefits of this transformation. Digital services, technologies, infrastructures and skills are all powerful means for achieving this goal. 

Video declaration

Principles and
European values

Everybody who signs the declaration agrees on the underlying principles and values. These principles and values are the foundation of a sustainable digital transformation. They provide a clear direction, but only if they are widely accepted, adopted and applied in practice.

  • a citizen-centric approach (I participate)
  • a city-led approach at EU level (I matter)
  • the city as a citizen-driven and open innovation ecosystem (I learn)
  • ethical and socially responsible access, use, sharing and management of data (I trust)
  • technologies as key enablers (I can)
  • interoperable digital platforms based on open standards and technical specifications, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and shared data models (I enable)


Support the ambition behind the declaration to join forces to boost sustainable digital transformation in cities and communities in the EU? Broaden your knowledge and network about new digital services, technologies, infrastructures and skills. Do you like your citizens and entrepreneurs to benefit from applying this new technologies? Become an ambassador of

Ambassadors who already preceded you are:

  • Mayor of Oulu
  • Mayor of Porto
  • Mayor of Stockholm
  • Mayor of Eindhoven
  • Mayor of Sofia

Any questions of like to become an ambassador?
Join us on the upcoming events.

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