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ESPON 2020 Cooperqtion Programme seeks to get a better understanding of the urban dimensions of digital transition in Europe. This Europe-wide survey seeks to collect data on the level of digitalisation of cities based on the opinions and perceptions of local government authorities and organisations providing public services. Main target groups are city officials dealing with the provision of public services and ICT.

Participate in the survey by completing the online questionnaire (available in EN, FR, DE, ES, IT).

Closing date for submissions:

Friday, the 7th of July 2017.


The study will allow European, national, regional and urban authorities to better understand the level of digitalisation of public services, to learn from others through benchmarking and to design actions for the future.

The results of the study will be made publicly available in September 2017 and will be used as inputs for discussions during the key meetings of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU during the second half of 2017.


Contact : Martin Gauk,, ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme

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The Smart Cities Information System (SCIS) published recommendations on how to improve European policies and funding opportunities in the areas or urban innovation and smart cities projects.

They can be consulted at

Recommendations, developed by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) are classified into four main types:

  • Specific recommendations for Horizon 2020
  • Recommendations for stakeholder engagement and communication of projects’ results
  • General policy recommendations
  • EU Support Coordination

What comes next?

SCIS is building on this initial assessment by collecting more lessons learned from projects, by conducting studies on replicability of projects and by identifying additional experiences from local, national, regional, and EU level.

Sharing your story will help providing recommendations to policy-makers to address market gaps in the smart city sector. Please contact

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logo_enA new call for proposals for Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport and ICT through lighthouse projects under Horizon 2020 (SCC-01-2015) will open on 10 December 2014 (deadline date for submitting proposals is 5 May 2015).

The information day will take place in the morning and will:

  • Inform participants about the call objectives, requirements and specificities
  • Provide relevant insights and lessons learnt from the 2014 SCC-01 call.

In the afternoon, a brokerage event will provide a chance for people to discuss, exchange ideas, network and meet potential partners to create new or strengthen existing consortia. Participation in the event is free of charge but registration is compulsory and applications will be dealt with on a “first come, first served” basis.

The registration is already open and will remain open until 10 January 2015.

For those not able to attend in person web-streaming will be provided. The agenda of the event and other relevant information will be uploaded in

Location: Building Charlemagne, Rue De La Loi 170, Brussels 1040

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Don’t forget that the seventh edition of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) kicks off in just a few days! If you’re planning to attend, then register online now – before Thursday 14 June. Otherwise, you can easily register onsite during the week itself.

Register online:

If you miss the online registration deadline and want to register onsite, you just need to make sure you bring your passport or another form of valid ID.


Registration desks are located in the Charlemagne and Committee of the Regions buildings:

In the Charlemagne building (ground floor):

Monday 18 June from 14.00 – 18.00;

Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 from 08.00 – 18.00.


In the Committee of the Regions building:

Tuesday 19 June only, from 08.00 – 16.00.


The EU Sustainable Energy Week is the key annual event of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign which contributes to achieving the EU 2020 climate and energy targets with regard to greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

Five years of growing success have proven that the Week is the reference event for sustainable energy issues in Europe and beyond. Also this year, the Week will feature hundreds of events across Europe.

The Week is organised by the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy.


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