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The making of a smart city: policy recommendations

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The making of a smart city: policy recommendations

EU Smart Cities Information Systems


About the Report

The purpose of this report is to share key lessons learned and to provide policy recommendations on how to support Smart Cities projects development. It is the third of a series of SCIS Reports in the Smart Cities Information Systems (SCIS) project, which aims to support and stimulate the replication of successful innovative technologies tested through EU-funded projects. The SCIS project brings together project developers, cities, institutions, industry and experts from across Europe to exchange data, experience the know-how and to collaborate on the creation of smart cities and an energy-efficient urban environment.

This report presents policy recommendations for local, national and EU level policy makers. It covers the main areas influenced by policy, namely regulatory environment and finance. The report also offers a final specialist section dedicated to innovation policy for EU authorities related to Smart Cities. Smart City Planning and project implementation issues, which are the domain of city planners and promoters, are covered by the SCIS report on technology replication1 . This report complements SCIS information database that is focused on the projects themselves, by presenting an analysis of the barriers encountered by projects caused by policy framework conditions in place. It also proposes s some potential policy solutions. This report is thus to some extent the reverse of the coin of the technical replication study and will show therefore a number of synergies. The report is based on several main sources of information:

• Technological, policy and financial analysis of Smart Cities and Communities FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects in the areas of energy, mobility and transport and ICT, co-financed by the European Commission;

• Insights, shared by Smart Cities projects coordinators during dedicated workshops;

• Insights from other Smart Cities platforms, such as the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities;

• Literature review and other sources.


The report has the following structure:

Chapter 1 Introduces the report;

Chapter 2 provides overview of the policy challenges to be addressed by authorities and policy makers at the three levels of governance in the area of innovation and replication;

Chapter 3 focuses on policy actions needed at national and local level;

Chapter 4 Focuses on EU level policy aspects.


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