European Commission launches Industrial Initiative "Smart Cities and Communities"
The Smart Cities and Communities initiative has
officially been launched at a conference held on 21 June 2011 in
Brussels. Financed by the 7th EU Research Framework
Programme, it will call for proposals addressing the
deployment of integrated sustainable energy technologies in urban
The 2011 call for proposals, to be open from 19 July to 1
December 2011, will allocate €75 million to "support
innovative model projects in selected European cities".
A maximum of 10 to 12 pilot projects, focusing on
building renovation, heating & cooling technologies and
sustainable planning strategy, will be supported in an
initial phase until the end of 2013. The projects ought to be
replicable and involve teams of cities and industry players from at
least three Member States.
European Commission press