Living in EU feed en Unlocking the digital potential of EU smart communities <span>Unlocking the digital potential of EU smart communities</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sub-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Join the Online Procurement Helpdesk</h2></div> <span><span>Lucia Garrido</span></span> <span>23 May 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The European Commission is calling on cities and communities across the EU to express their interest in the Online Procurement Helpdesk for Smart Communities. This forward-thinking initiative is designed to support cities in advancing their digital maturity, particularly those in the early stages of digital transformation. By participating, communities will gain access to a comprehensive suite of benefits aimed at catalysing digital development and enhancing technological readiness.</p> <h3>Why join?</h3> <p>The Online Procurement Helpdesk offers tailored support and consultancy services to guide cities through the development and realisation of their digital strategies. Participants will receive online advisory services to help assess their technological readiness for implementing MIM-compliant local data platforms.</p> <p>Kavala is one of the first cities that have tested the programme. "Kavala’s participation equipped the city with a comprehensive assessment of its current IT infrastructure's maturity, a tailored digitalisation roadmap, and strategic guidance on its procurement needs," stated <strong>Charalampos Papadopoulos, Director of Planning, Development and Digital Services in Kavala</strong>, about the programme, highlighting the focus on open standards and interoperability requirements.</p> <h3>Tailored roadmaps and strategies</h3> <p>Moreover, each city will benefit from a customised digitalisation roadmap, which provides detailed guidance on necessary initiatives and procurement requirements to enhance technical capabilities. This initiative also focuses on identifying procurement needs and technical capacities to align with the MIMplus framework, ensuring compliance with the latest EU regulations and facilitating seamless integration for cities and technology companies.</p> <p>"Our participation allowed us to conduct a profound diagnosis of our current situation. The support and professionalism of the project teams have been impeccable," said <strong>Antonio Frances, Mayor of Alcoy</strong>, alongside <strong>Pedro Ramiro, Smart City Technician</strong>, and <strong>Joan Gisbert, Innovation Agent. </strong>"We have greatly enjoyed the exchange of ideas on topics such as interoperability and system security."</p> <h3>Joining forces and working together</h3> <p>One of the key advantages of joining this initiative is the opportunity to participate in a European peer network that pioneers the advancement of local data platforms and AI-powered digital twins. This network not only enhances visibility but also allows cities to share best practices, successes, and failures, leveraging collective learnings for mutual benefit.</p> <p><strong>Carmen Lavado, Head of Digital Services and Technologies in Sant Boi de Llobregat</strong>, emphasised how the pilot helped assess their digital maturity level, noting, "Participating in this pilot has helped us assess our digital maturity level and understand the necessary steps to bring digital twins to life."</p> <p>The vendor-neutral and technology-agnostic architectural designs based on open standards provide strategic guidance that ensures interoperability and system security. "Being a pilot within the Local Digital Twin Toolbox has allowed us to benchmark our maturity and align our Digital Twin initiatives across departments," acknowledged <strong>Stefan de Smet, CIO in the City of Ghent.</strong></p> <p>The initiative is part of the broader Digital Europe Programme, which aims to accelerate digital maturity across urban and rural communities in the EU. It specifically targets cities and communities that are at early stages of digitalisation or those in the scaling phases, providing them with access to essential digital tools and expertise available within the EU.</p> <h3>How to participate?</h3> <p>For cities interested in joining, the deadlines for application are as follows. Phase 1, covering April 2024 to August 2024, has a deadline of 17 June 2024, while Phase 2, spanning August 2024 to May 2025, requires applications by 24 March 2025. The estimated duration for procurement services is approximately six weeks, depending on when a city is invited to participate.</p> <p>Cities with over 20,000 inhabitants are encouraged to take part in this pioneering initiative, which represents a significant step towards ensuring that digital technology is accessible to all EU communities, fostering growth and innovation across the continent.</p> <p>For more information and to express your interest, please click <a href="/node/799">here</a>.</p> </div> Thu, 23 May 2024 09:11:45 +0000 Lucia Garrido 829 at Net Zero Cities: Needs Assessment Survey for Cities <span>Net Zero Cities: Needs Assessment Survey for Cities</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sub-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Share your insights and play a crucial role in guiding the development of the Mission Platform initiatives</h2></div> <span><span>Mrs Danae Pantelide</span></span> <span>15 May 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We are glad to announce that the Cities Mission Platform is now extending part of its support to any European city aiming to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest. This is a great opportunity for your city to foster your journey towards climate neutrality!</p> <p><br /> The Mission Platform, managed by the <a href="" rel="nofollow">NetZeroCities</a> consortium, offers customised advice and support to cities, enabling them to achieve their climate objectives. It enhances their capabilities through strategic innovation experiments, leveraging local ecosystems, and fostering connections with various levels of governance.</p> <p><br /> The support provided is specifically designed for cities throughout Europe dedicated to progressing on their path toward climate neutrality, irrespective of their current level of commitment. Whether your city is actively pursuing ambitious climate goals or is at the initial stages of exploration, the Mission Platform program offers invaluable access to information and support to propel your climate efforts forward.</p> <p><br /><strong>Help the Mission Platform understand how to best support your journey toward climate neutrality.</strong></p> <p><br /> As cities embark on the journey towards climate neutrality under varying conditions and at different stages, the Mission Platform experts need to assess your needs in order to tailor their support. To do so, they have developed a needs-assessment survey that is currently <strong>open until 17 May</strong>. By sharing your insights, you will play a crucial role in guiding the development of the initiative, ensuring the support is tailored to meet the unique needs of each local communities.</p> <p><br /><a href="" rel="nofollow">Fill in the survey here to shape the Mission Platform offer.</a></p> <p>Filling in the survey will take about 25 minutes. This survey isn't just another task on the to-do list – it's a chance for your cities to actively shape the direction of our support activities!</p> <p><br /> Additionally, please keep in mind that the first opportunity to engage is already available through the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Twinning Programme</a>, with his second <strong>call for application</strong> launched <strong>last April and open until 31 May</strong>. The Twinning Learning Programme is designed to support replication and learning, by matching Twin Cities to cities participating in the Pilot Cities Programme. Twin Cities will benefit from Pilot Cities experience in testing systemic approaches to decarbonising one or more emissions domains, including the deployment and/or scaling up of Research &amp; Innovation solutions.</p> <p><br /> If you missed the information, we encourage you to visit the Twinning Learning Programme webpage <a href="" rel="nofollow">here</a>.</p> <p><br /> We encourage you to engage with the Mission Platform to unlock tailored resources and guidance, accelerating your city's path towards sustainability and reaping the benefits of targeted support! If you want to be contacted directly by the Mission Platform for further engagement opportunities, please provide your contact details here.</p> <p>For any questions, please contact: <a href=""></a></p></div> Wed, 15 May 2024 07:34:27 +0000 Mrs Danae Pantelide 820 at OASC Summit 2024: Connecting Local Digital Ecosystems Through Interoperability <span>OASC Summit 2024: Connecting Local Digital Ecosystems Through Interoperability</span> <span><span>Saara Valtasaari</span></span> <span>14 May 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Are you ready for 2 super inspiring days on <strong>local digital transformation, focusing on interoperability</strong>? Then join us at the Open &amp; Agile Smart Cities &amp; Communities (OASC) Summit 2024 on June 3 and 4 in the vibrant city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The meeting venue is Meet Tuesday, 690 Weena, 3012 CN Rotterdam.</p> <p>What you will get: </p> <p><strong>Inspiration</strong></p> <p>The OASC Summit is not just an event, it’s a platform for you to actively participate and share your ideas and questions with peers, experts, project leaders and the OASC team.<br /> Our Summit is all about interaction and engagement, with speed workshops and project pitches.</p> <p><strong>Digital vibes</strong></p> <p>OASC is all about digital transformation and interoperability, making data flow seamlessly.<br /> But that’s easier said than done.<br /> It requires knowhow, a mindset, tools, standards, definitions and much more.<br /> To help you find your way in this, we have some fantastic speakers to get you kickstarted: </p> <ul><li>Ms. Cristina Bueti from the United Nations International Telecommunication Union</li> <li>Ms. Andrea Halmos from the Interoperability team with the European Commission </li> <li>Ms. Christina Yan Zhang from The Metaverse Institute</li> <li>Mr. Julián Rojas, from the Ghent University and Imec</li> </ul><p><strong>The best view of Rotterdam</strong></p> <p>To top off the first day, we invite you to a delightful dinner at the iconic <a href="" rel="nofollow">Euromast</a>, courtesy of OASC and the City of Rotterdam. This dinner is for you to relax, network and share experiences  with some nice food.</p> <p>Come join us in Rotterdam, you can register <a href="" rel="nofollow">here</a>. </p> <p>We look forward to welcoming you there!</p></div> Tue, 14 May 2024 13:26:08 +0000 Saara Valtasaari 819 at Living-in.EU at the 10th European Summit of Regions and Cities 2024 <span>Living-in.EU at the 10th European Summit of Regions and Cities 2024</span> <span><span>Michelle Gonza…</span></span> <span>11 March 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The European Summit of Regions and Cities is back for its 10th edition, coinciding with the European Committee of the Regions' 30th anniversary. From March 18th to 19th, Mons, Belgium, will host this dynamic gathering where local and regional leaders will discuss democracy, sustainable development, EU enlargement, and the aftermath of the Ukraine conflict.</p> <p>The Living-in.EU movement will be present with its stand, highlighting its dedication to supporting cities and regions in their journey toward digital transformation. Through the provision of diverse digital solutions, tools, and guidance, Living-in.EU enables the reuse and scaling of technologies tailored to the needs of cities and regions. Attending the conference will afford us the opportunity to engage with numerous stakeholders. </p> <p>With global challenges in focus, the summit aims to unite perspectives worldwide. It's a chance for meaningful collaboration, steering Europe towards a more inclusive and innovative future. <a href="" rel="nofollow">Discover more</a>!</p> <p><strong>Event Details</strong>:<br /><br /> Dates: March 18-19, 2024<br /> Location: Mons, Belgium</p></div> Mon, 11 Mar 2024 15:46:16 +0000 Michelle Gonzalez Torres 780 at CommuniCity Third Open Call Round - Info Session <span>CommuniCity Third Open Call Round - Info Session</span> <span><span>Michelle Gonza…</span></span> <span>8 March 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>About the Project</strong><br /><a href="" rel="nofollow">CommuniCity</a> is a transformative citizen-centred EU funded project. It will launch 100 Tech Pilots in Europe in urban and peri-urban areas to empower marginalised communities. They are working together with companies, organisations, associations, tech providers, and citizens to develop solutions to overcome digital and urban challenges. </p> <p><br /><strong>CommuniCity Open Calls</strong><br /> The Open Calls invite companies and associations to participate in a process of co-creation, where citizens, associations, city officials, and policy makers come together to improve the quality of life for citizens. <br /> The project is going to launch its third and final open call in September 2024. During the third round of Open Calls, the CommuniCity project aims to run over 60 pilot projects across Europe.</p> <p><br /><strong>Join "CommuniCity Info Session" </strong><br /> This session, dedicated to all cities interested in joining the third round of Open Calls, will be held online on March 12, 2024, from 14:30 to 16:00 CET. <br /> Participants will gain a comprehensive overview of the initiative and insights into the potential benefits for their cities in the upcoming round starting in September. Representatives from participating cities will share their firsthand experiences, offering attendees a direct opportunity for engagement. Representatives from participating cities will share their experiences, and you'll have the opportunity to engage with them directly.</p> <p><br /><strong>AGENDA</strong></p> <p><br /> 14:30 Welcome<br /> 14:40 Overview of the CommuniCity project and introduction to the 3rd Open Call Josephine Di Pino – OASC<br /> 15:00 Learnings from the 1st and 2nd CommuniCity Open Calls Anne-Mari Sandell &amp; Silja Peltonen – Forum Virium Helsinki<br /> 15:15 Technical framework and Porto’s experience Adeeb Sidani – Porto Digital<br /> 15:30 Amsterdam’s experience Machteld Combé – City of Amsterdam<br /> 15.45-16.00 Q&amp;A Session</p> <p><br /> Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the discussion. <a href="" rel="nofollow">Register now to secure your spot for the event on March 12th!</a></p></div> Fri, 08 Mar 2024 11:38:46 +0000 Michelle Gonzalez Torres 777 at The LDT CitiVERSE EDIC is a fact! <span>The LDT CitiVERSE EDIC is a fact! </span> <span><span>Michelle Gonza…</span></span> <span>4 March 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On February 7, the European Commission officially announced the European Digital Infrastructure Consortium (EDIC) to implement the European Union's "Local Digital Twins &amp; CitiVERSE" initiative and to connect the local digital twins created in member cities. The Decision on setting up the LDT CitiVERSE EDIC was published in the Official Journal of the European Union at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p>An EDIC is a new instrument that will develop large-scale multi-country projects in the frame of the Digital Decade Programme. Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain are the founding members of this EDIC. More member states can join on an ongoing basis. Cities and regions from all EU Member States will be able to join the EDIC once it is established as a legal entity and the Assembly is set up. This is expected before the end of 2024.</p> <p>The LDT CitiVERSE EDIC is particularly relevant for local and regional authorities because it will use digital infrastructure regardless of where in the EU it has been developed. This approach will foster data and services technical inoperability and the development of common standards, thus fighting EU digital fragmentation. In other words, it will be possible to buy and use a local digital twin component developed in one member state across the single market. This is open opportunities for digital SMEs and businesses beyond national borders, and cities and regions will be able to choose from the best value for money. Members will co-develop joint initiatives and tenders for economies of scale and aggregating EU technology at world level. The EDIC will identify and aggregate common assets from members creating bigger value by joint delivery and service.</p> <p>Living-in.EU signatories Valencia, Barcelona, Riga and other have been actively involved in shaping this new instrument.</p> <p>Valencia has been chosen as a seat for the EDIC, while Riga has been appointed as national coordinator for Latvia. Each participating member state will have to appoint their national coordinator. According to Ernesto Faubel, Head of the Smart City Office of the City of Valencia and chair of the LDT Citiverse EDIC working group, this is a great opportunity for the city to position itself as a reference city in the field of smart cities and knowledge in innovation. In addition to hosting the EDIC head quarters in Valencia, the City Council, through its Smart City Office, will preside over the EDIC assembly, the highest governing and decision-making body of the consortium.</p> <p>In Barcelona, deputy-chair of the EDIC, a recently launched Super Computing Centre will provide high-performing capabilities to develop and run powerful city digital twins’ components. Jordi Ortuño from the Barcelona City Council has been a driving force for this new instrument. He also chairs the monitoring and measuring working group of the Living-in.EU community and is an active contributor to the spread of the LORDIMAS tool. He firmly believes that working together and pulling resources will enable communities and local SMEs to develop and implement technological solutions faster and more effectively in line with European and global standards.</p> <p>In September 2023, Living-in.EU organised <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an info session on the EDICs</a>, and we are planning more on this in the next months.</p></div> Mon, 04 Mar 2024 14:35:41 +0000 Michelle Gonzalez Torres 770 at Call for action: Help shape the future interoperability assessment guidelines​! <span>Call for action: Help shape the future interoperability assessment guidelines​! </span> <span><span>Mario Restuccia</span></span> <span>12 February 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Starting from the beginning of 2025, the upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interoperable Europe Act</a> introduces mandatory interoperability assessments for the digital public services of European public administrations involving cross-border data exchange. This requirement (set out in Article 3 of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Act proposal</a>) will be applicable for the EU institutions, EU Member States, as well as for public administrations at the regional and local level. </p> <p>The Interoperability assessments are crucial instruments in order to discover efficient ways towards more cross-border interoperability among European public administrations​, to test if decisions can be digitally implemented​, and to reduce administrative burden and save time for citizens.​ Preparatory work for the drafting of the guidelines for these important assessments has already started with the goal to create good assessment practices that bring the most benefits and the least of burden to public administrations.   </p> <p>For this reason, public administrations in the EU will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of these guidelines by participating in a pilot phase organised by Interoperable Europe.   </p> <p>The test guidelines of the pilot phase aim to help the assessment of the European interoperability of your cross-border data exchanging digital public services, and to communicate the first experiences, the needs, daily realities and concrete cases that result from it. This feedback will be of great value to the Commission and will help to define the eventual assessment guidelines to develop the most efficient assessment tools that are to be adopted by the Interoperable Europe board – once established later this year.</p> <p><strong>You can indicate your interest by clicking on the following </strong><a href="" rel="nofollow"><strong>EU-survey</strong></a><strong>.  </strong></p> <p> </p> <h3><strong>Preliminary planning outlines the following time schedule: </strong></h3> <p>Deadline for signalling your interest: 20 March 2024. </p> <p>Start of pilot performance: Beginning of April 2024. </p> <p>Sharing the results of the assessment together with feedback about the piloting exercise: The latest by the end of May 2024.</p></div> Mon, 12 Feb 2024 14:58:47 +0000 Mario Restuccia 759 at Driving the climate transition with digital tools and local digital twins <span>Driving the climate transition with digital tools and local digital twins</span> <span><span>Lucia Garrido</span></span> <span>2 February 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In the quest for climate neutrality, cities wield significant influence, accounting for a significant share of energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and having a direct impact on the well-being of their residents. As Europe strives to achieve the Green Deal's target of reducing emissions by 55% by 2030,cities are emerging as key players, leveraging innovative approaches and digital technologies to drive the transition towards a sustainable future.</p> <h3><strong>Mission Cities</strong></h3> <p> At the forefront of this movement is the Climate-Neutral &amp; Smart Cities Mission, a collaborative initiative supported by the <a href="" rel="nofollow">NetZeroCities</a> project, aimed at delivering 100 (+12) climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030. This mission not only sets ambitious targets but also establishes these cities as hubs for experimentation and innovation, paving the way for broader European adoption by 2050.</p> <p>The Climate-Neutral &amp; Smart Cities Mission represents a crucial step towards achieving cities’ climate goals. By integrating digital technologies and local digital twins, cities can unlock new opportunities for sustainable growth and innovation.</p> <h3><strong>The twin transition</strong></h3> <p>One of the fundamental principles underpinning this mission is the recognition that the green and digital transitions are mutually reinforcing. As cities work towards their climate and environmental goals, digital technologies play a catalytic role in driving the green transition forward. Digital tools prove instrumental for cities to provide cleaner air, safer transport, and reduce congestion and noise.</p> <p>From monitoring and tracking emissions to simulation and forecasting, digital technologies provide precise insights and enable informed decision-making. They enable cities to monitor environmental parameters in real-time, responding quickly to emerging challenges.</p> <p>Simulation and forecasting  improve efficiency and promote sustainable practices by anticipating wear and identifying opportunities for repair and upgrade. Virtualisation, including e-books and video conferences, contributes to reducing environmental impact by promoting dematerialisation, while information and communication technologies empower consumers to make sustainable choices.</p> <h3><strong>Cities are taking action</strong></h3> <p>Innovative approaches are shaping urban landscapes across Europe. From Barcelona to Rotterdam, cities are implementing strategies that leverage digital twins and other digital tools to achieve sustainability goals while enhancing urban livability.</p> <p>In <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona</a>, the first phase of development of their digital twin aimed to assess the city's compliance with service provision and facilitate the transition towards a 15-minute city concept. The <a href="" rel="nofollow">platform</a>, spearheaded by the Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC), demonstrates a proactive approach towards enhancing urban connectivity and sustainability.</p> <p>Similarly, in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bologna</a>, efforts are underway to develop a local digital twin to address contemporary challenges and drive concrete change. By leveraging data and knowledge, the city aims to tackle environmental, economic, and social challenges while fostering responsive territorial governance.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki</a> stands out for its pioneering work in building a 3D city model and digital twin, enabling advanced analyses and simulations to optimise solutions. The model hosts the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Energy and Climate Atlas</a> provides information about the building stock and the emissions reduction potential in heating.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Rotterdam's Roadmap Next Economy and the Ruggedised project are transforming large districts of the Dutch city into low-carbon, resource-efficient areas through smart integration of energy systems and the development of a 3D city operations platform. These initiatives, driven by the city's commitment to sustainability, showcase the transformative potential of digital technologies in building resilient and sustainable cities.</p> <p>In Amsterdam, the 3D city operations platform facilitates real-time monitoring and communication of energy usage.</p> <p>As Europe embarks on its journey towards climate neutrality, cities serve as testbeds for innovative solutions. The Climate-Neutral &amp; Smart Cities Mission, underpinned by digital innovation, marks a paradigm shift in urban sustainability</p></div> Fri, 02 Feb 2024 10:58:55 +0000 Lucia Garrido 751 at BDTI: an opportunity for public administrations to experiment with data for free <span>BDTI: an opportunity for public administrations to experiment with data for free</span> <div class="field field--name-field-sub-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item"><h2>Big Data Test Infrastructure</h2></div> <span><span>Genoveva Gil</span></span> <span>29 January 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The Big Data Test Infrastructure (<a href="" rel="nofollow">BDTI</a>) provides a ready-to-use, free of charge cloud-based analytics test environment for Public Administrations in the European Member States to experiment with open-source tools and to prototype solutions before deploying them in the production environment on their own premises. Any Public Administration at any level can request to use BDTI to perform analysis and experiments on their public sector information, for a period of six months, completely for free. The test environment provided by the BDTI consists of several open-source solutions, data sources and the required cloud infrastructure that includes the virtual machines, analytics clusters, storage facilities and networking facilities. BDTI offers the opportunity of starting to get insights from PAs public information, understanding how they can move towards data-driven decision making.</p> <p>BDTI was created by the European Commission in 2019 and is funded by the Digital Europe Programme (DEP).</p> <p>As part of their resources, they have recently launched the following course: "Enabling a Data-informed Public Sector: An Introductory Course to BDTI Essentials." The course is primarily designed for professionals and students in the public sector, academics, and citizens, though its insights into data analytics and utilisation of open-source tools are valuable for a wide range of audiences.</p> <p>This free course taught in English is centred around a highly practical use case: Analysing green project funding and initiatives in highly polluted EU regions, using open data from <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> and other open sources. It comprehensively introduces <a href="" rel="nofollow">Big Data Test Infrastructure</a> (BDTI), covering essential topics like<strong> </strong>data access, cleaning, analytics, and visualisation. </p> <p>Participating in this course will prepare individuals to build their own data use cases. After this course, they will be ready to apply for BDTI and build a public sector data use case using the platform. It is an excellent opportunity for those interested in data-driven decision-making and public-sector innovation.</p> <p>We encourage all interested professionals, students, and public servants to register for this free course. For more information and registration details, <a href="" title=";Cmd+Click or tap to follow the link" rel="nofollow">visit their course page</a>, or <a href="" rel="nofollow">Living-in.EU events page</a>.</p> <p><br />  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> Mon, 29 Jan 2024 15:41:18 +0000 Genoveva Gil 748 at Kick-off of the Smart Communities Network <span>Kick-off of the Smart Communities Network</span> <span><span>Lucia Garrido</span></span> <span>29 January 2024</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On January 16, 2024, the Smart Communities Network, a coalition of associations representing cities and municipalities in EU member states, held its first online meeting. This meeting marked the beginning of a collaborative journey towards digital transformation and community development. The Network has welcomed the first associations selected.</p> <p>During the meeting, the European Commission outlined the purpose of this Smart Communities Network. It is part of the first phase of the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Local Digital Twins toolbox project</a>, which aims to integrate local communities into the EU's digital transition efforts, recognising the essential role of municipalities in this digital era.</p> <p>The Open &amp; Agile Smart Cities Network, leading the set-up of the network, introduced the partners involved in the network, to help raise awareness about digitalisation in the EU. </p> <p>Serendipity, the partner leading the work on dissemination and training events, provided insights into the network's mission. Their plan involves each association hosting two sessions in their respective countries. These sessions will educate cities and municipalities about crucial EU digital topics, and immerse them in practical digital tools, services, and projects, equipping them to embark on their digital transformation journeys. </p> <p>In the months to come, network members will meet four times between June 2024 and September 2025. These sessions will serve as platforms for knowledge-sharing, allowing members to exchange valuable insights on their strategies for the two national digitalisation sessions. Network members will collaborate closely with project partners to effectively organise the dissemination and training sessions. They will actively seek new members from EU countries not yet included in the network. Members of the Network will sign a Memorandum of Understanding, formalising their cooperation with the European Commission </p> <p>With strong commitment and a lot of expertise, this Smart Communities Network will bring meaningful change to cities and local communities in the EU in the digital age. </p> <p>Make a note of Monday, June 3, 2024, as the next online meet-up for network members. It's an opportunity not to be missed. </p></div> Mon, 29 Jan 2024 08:37:42 +0000 Lucia Garrido 747 at