The "Smart Cities" project is a follow-up to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) own-initiative opinion on Smart cities as a driver of a new European industrial policy, adopted in July 2015.
In its opinion, the EESC discusses how smart cities can become drivers for new European industrial development. To achieve this, it is essential to converge on a development model that is more advanced and effective than those applied to date, where action has been extremely fragmented.
Within the framework of the project, a delegation of seven EESC members has carried out study visits to six EU cities that have successfully implemented smart project initiatives. The study visits allowed the delegation to present the EESC Smart Cities model to local administrations and representatives of civil society and to conduct technical site visits to the Smart Cities initiatives.
The ultimate aim of the Smart Cities project is to compile a catalogue of best practice to be disseminated among the European Institutions and all relevant stakeholders across the European Union.