Making Europe’s Cities Smarter

Taken from a press release of the European Union dated 26 November 2013:

“The European Commission intends to make available approximately € 200 million [approx. $272 million] for Smart Cities and communities in the 2014-2015 budgets of the Horizons 2020 research and innovation programme, to accelerate progress and enlarge the scale of roll-out of smart cities solutions.  There will also be possibilities to access the European Structure and Investment Funds.

The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) in Smart Cities focuses on those areas where ICT, energy, and mobility overlap, and identifies the most effective, common approaches and solutions.  European cities and regions are different from each other, but they also have many needs that can be tackled best through a common approach.  This is where the partnership can provide its added value.”