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Mapping smart cities in the EU

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Author: Manville, C. · Cochrane, G. · Cave, J. · Millard, J. · Pederson, J.K. · Thaarup, R.K. · Liebe, A. · Wissner, M. · Massink, R.A. · Kotterink, B.
Publisher: European Parliament ; Directorate General for Internal Policies. Policy Department Economic and Scientific policy A
Place: Brussel
Identifier: 488450
Report number: IP/A/ITRE/ST/2013-02 PE 507.480
Keywords: Economics · Infostructures · Information Society · Strategy & Policy Analysis · SP2 - Strategy & Policy 2 · ELSS - Earth, Life and Social Sciences


This report was commissioned to provide background information and advice on Smart Cities in the European Union (EU) and to explain how existing mechanisms perform. In exploring this, a working definition of a Smart City is established and the cities fitting this definition across the Member States are mapped. An analysis of the objectives and Europe 2020 targets of Smart City initiatives finds that despite their early stage of development, Smart City objectives should be more explicit, well defined and clearly aligned to city development, innovation plans and Europe 2020 in order to be successful.