sun-city_heerhugowaard-nl_blurEuropean Commission DG CONNECT, together with DG ENERGY and DG MOVE, has published a series of videos launching an ‘invitation for commitment’ under the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities. The deadline for submissions is 15 June 2014.

The invitation for commitment is open for both existing initiatives as well as ambitious plans for the future in the fields of energy, transport, and information and communication technologies. The aim is to share ideas and plans for actions between different stakeholders, as well as to take forward and support the objectives set out in the EIP on Smart Cities and Communities: to accelerate full scale deployment of smart city solutions. It should help promote smart city actions across the EU and generate further scale and replication.

Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, mayor of Warsaw and EUROCITIES president, participates in the high level group (HLG) on the EIP, both as her city’s mayor and as our president. We also participate in the ‘sherpa’ group, composed of representatives of the HLG members, city representatives, industry, universities and research organisations, supporting the HLG in its work. The group was extended to include additional cities in December 2013, and continues its work in 2014 following up on the call for commitments and ensuring links with the Stakeholder Platform for Smart Cities and Communities.

In particular, members of European networks such as the Green Digital Charter, the Covenant of Mayors, the Stakeholder Platform on Smart Cities and Communities, and CIVITAS, are encouraged to consider this invitation. The deadline for submitting commitments is 15 June 2014. Please note that there is no EU funding related to the call for commitments.

More info on the invitation for commitment is available here. You can watch the videos below or on the EIP Smart Cities and Communities Youtube page, here.