08/10/2019 Brussels, Belgium

European Week of Regions and Cities: From dream to reality - sharing experiences from leading European Smart Cities

GrowSmarter's session at the European Week of Regions and Cities will take place on Tue 8, October 2019, from 14:30 to 17:00.

The European Lighthouse programme gathers an unprecedented number of cities in driving the smart and sustainable city movement in Europe and beyond. These cities and their private and academic partners worked on implementing a series of interlinked smart solutions in the field of energy, ICT and mobility. The first three projects of this programme - GrowSmarter, Remourban and Triangulum - are now coming to an end and will share the results of their implementation models on the session 'From dream to reality: sharing experiences from leading European Smart Cities' at the European Week of Regions and Cities.


Building Committee of the Regions (CoR) - VMA building, Room VMA 3. Address: Rue Van Maerlant, 1040 Brussels

Background of the event

Key challenges for Smart and Sustainable Cities are to provide solutions to significantly increase cities’ overall energy and resource efficiency, resulting in a better quality of life for their citizens, higher competitivenessnew job opportunities and economic growth. By organising a session in the context of the European Week of Cities and Regions, the three projects will show the impacts achieved in terms of energy efficiency, smart mobility, ICT interconnectivity, governance and social acceptance and will provide policy makers and experts with valuable insights for replication in other European cities and regions.

Practical Information

The session 'From dream to reality: sharing experiences from leading European Smart Cities' will take place on Tue 8, October 2019, from 14:30 to 17:00 at the Building of the Committee of the Regions (CoR). The event will be divided in the following parts:

  • Political panel session - New governance approaches, the European Lighthouse and Follower cities Mayors’ voicesa debate on which decisions are needed at the European level to overcome barriers and provide incentives at the local one to implement the smart regeneration of regions and cities
  • Demonstrate, Innovate, Replicate - Results and impacts from the first Lighthouse projects: the project coordinators’ assessmentan outlook on the main impacts and replication potential achieved by the three Lighthouse projects after their large-scale demonstration actions
  • Demonstrate, Innovate, Replicate - On-site experiences and lessons learnt: the site managers’ experiences: a view on the the main challenges from the implementation side of the projects
  • Interactive Q&A session

GrowSmarter - transforming cities for a smart, sustainable Europe

In a rapidly urbanising world cities need to become smarter to respond to citizen needs and to reduce their environmental footprint. GrowSmarter brings together cities and industry to integrate and demonstrate ‘12 smart city solutions’ in energy, infrastructure and transport, to provide other cities with valuable insights on how they work in practice and opportunities for replication. The idea is to create a ready market for these smart solutions to support growth and the transition to a smart, sustainable Europe.