eventbrite pic

The year 2017 will be crucial for the completion of the Digital Single Market, and cities will play an important role in this process. The forthcoming implementation of the EU’s new digital laws and the launch of the Urban Agenda partnership on digital transition will have a major direct impact at local level.

On the occasion of the winter meeting of its knowledge society forum (KSF), EUROCITIES wishes to engage in a dialogue with officials and representatives of the EU institutions and other stakeholders to make the most of the planned digital policies and initiatives.

EUROCITIES KSF and Green Digital Charter (GDC www.greendigitalcharter.eu) initiative will therefore jointly organise a conference on ‘Cities in Transition – The role of digital in shaping our future cities, to be held on 25 January 2017 in Brussels.

During the opening plenary session, members of the European Parliament, as well as representatives of the European Commission and of cities will hold a debate on what the new Urban Agenda partnership on digital transition should achieve, taking into account the EU’s future digital policies and activities. While assessing the real needs and priorities of cities, participants will also exchange views on current and future implementation challenges and obstacles. The political debate will be followed by two parallel series of technical workshops dedicated to specific issues. Concrete cases, project examples, and initiatives will be cited to illustrate how cities can benefit from the use of digital solutions. The EUROCITIES GDC is one such initiative. It commits 51 European cities, representing almost 27 million citizens, to working together and delivering on the objectives of improving the quality of life in cities using digital solutions. Participants will also develop recommendations to help local authorities and EU institutions jointly achieve their policy and project objectives. The event will conclude with the GDC Awards ceremony for smart city projects. The winners in each of the following categories will be announced: Citizen participation & impact on society; Creation of European added value; Promoting open & interoperable solutions (more information here).

The draft agenda of the conference is available here: Cities in transition_draft agenda_15122016

Registration is open until 16 January 2017 at: bit.ly/CitiesInTransition-Registration