Government of Catalonia and European Commission will cooperate to facilitate local governments’ access to European funds and pioneering smart city projects. The Catalan Government’s adhesion to the European Commission’s European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities was signed at the Smart City Expo World Congress.
This morning, the Catalan Minister of Digital Policy and Public Administration, Jordi Puigneró, signed a letter of adherence to the European Innovation Partnership so that the Government of Catalonia can spearhead smart strategies in Catalan cities via a platform promoted by European institutions under the aegis of the Catalan government’s SmartCatalonia strategy. The agreement was reached on the first day of the Smart City Expo World Congress, which is being held in the Fira de Barcelona from today until this Thursday.
This morning, Puigneró signed the Government of Catalonia’s letter of adhesion to the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities. This platform allows the cities and municipalities of Europe to be connected with companies in the sector and for innovative urban solutions to be developed which can be shared in the future.
Among other issues, Catalan cities’ and municipalities’ access to this platform will provide them with access to European funds and innovative projects endorsed by European institutions to solve the different challenges entailed in developing a cross-cutting municipal smart strategy.
With actions like this one, the Government of Catalonia is seeking to spread the concept of smart city around Catalonia in order to integrate and coordinate the local initiatives, support companies and implement initiatives all over the territory. In this sense, the goal of the SmartCatalonia strategy is to turn Catalonia into an internationally recognised ‘smart country’ which makes use of technology and digital information to innovate in public services, drive economic growth and promote a smarter, more sustainable and integrative society.
More impetus for smart cities
As part of the Smart City Expo as well, tomorrow the Government of Catalonia will sign a cooperation agreement with Leading Cities, an international organisation headquartered in Boston (USA), so that the government can develop a joint working plan with it. The goal is to open the Member Network of Leading Cities to other cities around Catalonia.
This organisation has launched an international network of cities, companies, universities and institutions to drive and accelerate the development of smart strategies in cities and municipalities. Participants include cities around the world such as Barcelona, Boston, Dublin, Lisbon, Vancouver, Hamburg and Rio de Janeiro.
The Government of Catalonia’s SmartCatalonia stand is in the same location with the same exhibition as in the previous two years: 420 square metres comprising individual stands of the 20 Catalan companies and technology centres that are participating in the fair with the support of the Catalan government.