• Country: Italy
  • Population: 712,163
  • Member of Covenant of Mayors?: Yes
  • Politician Who Signed: Paolo Pissarello, former Vice Mayor
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City Introduction

The City of Genoa is a local authority. The challenge of our City is building instruments and strategies for a different concept of local administration, focused on quality of development and economical revival.

Genoa is experimenting a new method of city government and governance through a creative exercise in steps, with new forms of social co-operation involving the whole community, with the idea of integrating public (local Institutions, all the authority levels) and private sectors for projects of economic, social and environmental transformation scheduled in the period from 2004 (when Genoa was European Capital of Culture) to 2010 and beyond.

Genoa works out a strategic vision of shared development, where the port, Mediterranean, environment and sustainable development are the pivotal points of an educating and thriving city with solidarity and participation, so as to overcome the long, structural crisis that affected the city and its port in the 80′s. City of Genoa’s objectives are actually focused on education and solidarity, quality of life, economy and employment, communication and promotion of the City, Port and infrastructures, city management improvement. The interest for project related activities is shown by a high number of projects that the Municipality joined in, together with other local stakeholders and European institutions.

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Related Initiatives

Genoa gained the Nice Award 2013 for Best Pilot Project thanks to the participation in the EU project VERYSchool aimed at developing an ICT tool to improve energy efficiency in schools (

At the moment the Municipality is working on about 50 EU projects, most of them on thematic issues connected to Energy Efficiency. Moreover, it is strongly committed in developing broad band coverage in collaboration with private stakeholders useful to improve the city competitiveness and to develop the city IOT, it is working to implement and enrich the ICT platform for Open Data and it is operating to develop a more efficient management of existing technologies integrated by new enabling technologies.

These projects will be developed in line with strategic plan of the City of Genoa, aiming at improving urban energy efficiency, in order to enhance City’s profile in line with Energy Action Plan approved by Genoa in the framework of the European Covenant of Mayors.