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"European Way" initiative aims to scale digital transformation in cities

The European declaration will help to define the ethical, financial, legal and technical framework for digitalisation in cities and communities across Europe.

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The declaration wants to promote a greater uptake of digital solutions across Europe
The declaration wants to promote a greater uptake of digital solutions across Europe

The Join, Boost, Sustain initiative, which aims to expand the uptake of digital solutions in cities and create the "European Way" of digital transformation, has been kicked off in the Finnish city of Oulu.

 

Those driving the programme are urging cities to join forces as they warn cooperation across geographical areas and between sectors is needed to allow communities to develop efficient, cost-effective and citizen-centric services.

 

Sustainable transformation

 

The European Declaration to join forces for sustainable digital transformation in cities and communities was signed at the Oulu Boost Event 2019 in Finland, which brought together top-level decision-makers and officials from leading European cities.

 

The signing process to onboard more cities will continue at the Cities Forum in Porto on 30-31 January and beyond.

 

The signing process to onboard more cities will continue at the Cities Forum in Porto on 30-31 January and beyond.

 

The approach seeks to ensure technological leadership in the EU while respecting European values and diversity, as well as individuals’ digital rights. It also aims to drive large-scale uptake of solutions through open, interoperable, cross-sector and cross-border platforms.

 

“Openness and interoperability are at the core of a responsible and agile municipality in the 21st century. By signing the scale-up declaration, cities and communities across Europe, and beyond, are now coming together to set the terms for AI- and IoT-enabled services,” said Martin Brynskov, chair of Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC). “I invite every municipality to join, boost and sustain.”

 

“Cities are constantly innovating and coming up with new digital solutions, always with the benefit of people in mind,” added Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, Eurocities.

“This initiative offers a chance to give a real boost to replicate and upscale some of these ideas, making it easier to advance both locally and globally.”

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