WP_20131211_005bEUROCITIES and the NiCE project (Networking intelligent Cities for Energy efficiency) co-organised a successful project brokerage event on 11 December 2013 in Brussels. More than 60 city representatives were able to exchange ideas and find partners for future projects under the Horizon 2020 smart cities and communities call.

Horizon 2020 is the new funding programme for research and innovation, which allocates €92.32 million in 2014 and €108.18 million in 2015 for smart city projects.

Norela Constantinescu, technical officer at DG ENERGY, provided EUROCITIES members with first-hand information on the call which stimulated a lively question and answer session.

Cities wishing to become involved in lighthouse projects were invited to consider smart city solutions that are replicable on a European scale and that have a holistic approach to the three pillars of the call: low energy districts, integrated infrastructure and sustainable mobility.

Speakers from Florence, Mannheim, Nice Cote D’Azur, Cologne, Munich and Stockholm presented their project ideas and discussed them with other cities with similar interests.

The presentation of current smart cities projects, “Step up” and “Celsius” helped participants to draw useful lessons from the FP7 smart cities programme as was the presentation of the EUROCITIES-led projects NiCE and the Green Digital Charter, which supports cities in establishing monitoring and reporting tools to reduce their ICT carbon footprint.

All the presentations from the project brokerage event are accessible on the EUROCITIES member’s area at http://www.eurocities.eu/eurocities/publications/Presentations-EUROCITIES-project-brokerage-event-on-Horizon2020-Smart-Cities-Call-WSPO-9ECKSG

Our projects team is currently working on the funding briefs for all the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges calls which will be disseminated as of this week.

The funding brief for the smart cities and communities call – lighthouse projects is already available on the EUROCITIES member’s area at http://eurocities.eu/eurocities/funding_briefs/Horizon2020-SCC1-2014-2015-Smart-Cities-and-Communities-call-Lighthouse-projects-

The event was kindly hosted by Gothenburg’s European office.