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Commission launches innovation partnership for Smart Cities and Communities.
One of the biggest challenges that Europe is facing is to design and adapt cities into smart, intelligent and sustainable environments. The facts are that:
In this context, the Smart Cities and Communities Initiative was launched in 2011 with aim to combine diverse technologies to increase the efficiency of how a city functions. The initiative covered the transport and energy sector in 2012 with a budget of 81 million Euros to projects that had to cover one of the two sectors (rather than combining the two of them). On 10 July 2012, The European Commission launched the Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership. Starting from 2013, funding will rise to 365 million and will cover three areas: energy, transport and ICT (Information and Communication Technology). From 2013, the projects financed under the scheme must combine the three areas in all projects.
The call for proposal will be open to industry-led consortia operating in energy, ICT and transport. The consortia will need to include partners coming from three different Member States and/or Associated Countries teaming up with at least two cities. The project presented must be market-oriented and replicable in different countries. Participants will have a few months to propose their projects which will be evaluated by the European commission.
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