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Smart towns in Central and Eastern Europe Workshop

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Most of the “Smart Cities” investments today are in big metropolitan cities in the Western Europe. However, the majority of cities in the area of Central and Eastern Europe are smaller in size and therefore have different issues and challenges. We see the need and opportunity to connect these smaller cities, to allow them to introduce more innovations, share basic “smart infrastructure” and enable SMEs to test, deliver proof-of-concepts and reference installations in specific areas. This would certainly speed-up and facilitate the implementation process for the industry, while improving the capacities and the public image for the cities as well as increase the competitiveness of these regions.

The conference is organized by the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) and the Strategic Research & Innovation Partnership (SRIP) for Smart Cities and Communities, with over 150 Slovenian companies and organizations, which are coordinated by the Jožef Stefan Institute. 

This event followed on from the previous workshop on Smart Specialisation Cooperation in Central Europe held in 2016 in Zagreb and took a closer look at potential cooperation in the field of Smart Towns.

Date and place: November 29th- 30th, 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Foreseen number of participants: 80

Objectives of the event:

  • to connect representatives of Central and Eastern European towns and their public service companies in order to facilitate the exchange of best practices between them
  • to find synergies and possibilities for future development.
  • give participants the opportunity to connect with solution providers (SMEs) from different areas,
  • generate long-term collaboration among providers and users of solutions and to accelerate the development and implementation of smart solutions in towns across the region.


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