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European Way to digitally transform cities to be established soon

Representatives of public administrations are invited to join forces now

  • December 11, 2019 14:30
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
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Source: living-in.eu

Is there a right way to make the digital transformation happen and offer solutions to a growing range of challenges facing cities and communities? We can’t tell for sure, but there is soon to be a European way to do this. Working closely together to better use all possibilities of digital technologies for improving the quality of life for European citizens is what the Declaration “JOIN, BOOST, SUSTAIN” previews.

It establishes the following principles to be adhered to by signatories:

  • a citizen-centric approach;
  • a city-led approach at EU level;
  • the city as a citizen-driven and open innovation ecosystem;
  • ethical and socially responsible access, use, sharing and management of data;
  • technologies as key enablers;
  • interoperable digital platforms based on open standards and technical specifications, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and shared data models.

The signatories to the Declaration also agree on developing sustainable measures with financial, technical and legal aspects of the digitalization in Europe, as well as measures in the fields of education and capacity building and monitoring and measuring the benefits for citizens, public authorities, businesses and other stakeholders at local level.

Who can sign the Declaration?

The process of signing of a declaration that promotes coordinated actions aimed at boosting sustainable digital transformation in cities and communities was kicked-off in Oulu, Finland on December 10 and should continue beyond the Cities Forum in Porto on 30-31 January 2020. The document is available online and can be signed by official representatives of  public administrations at local, regional, national or European level.

The initiative is developed in the context of the Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU which pays particular attention to the importance of taking forward and scaling up digital solutions. “JOIN, BOOST, SUSTAIN” is promoted by EUROCITIES, OASC, ENOLL, the European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions.

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