Smart cities

Economy & Jobs 12-12-2017

Stockholm mayor: Cohesion policy is strongest form of EU solidarity

Stockholm produces more billion dollar companies than any other place outside Silicon Valley and the European Commission recently proclaimed it Europe's most innovative region. Mayor Karin Wanngård explained how her city hangs onto its talent and why it is such a popular breeding ground for 'unicorns'.

Future of mobility 18-10-2017

MEP: EU needs common standards for digital transport, data management

Europe will have to work hard against competitors in China and the US to be a global leader in digital solutions for transport, an MEP involved in the issue told EURACTIV.com in an interview. Legislation must ensure common standards across the EU for transport to flow freely, she stressed.

Digital 09-02-2017

Czech MEP: Europe needs harmonised standards for smart cities

According to Dita Charanzová, smart cities are about bettering the lives of Europe's citizens. They'll not only improve urban life but the environment too, she told Euractiv.com

Digital 07-02-2017

Rockefeller Foundation chief: Resilient cities harness the power of data

Michael Berkowitz, an expert on resilient cities, praises the work done by many European municipalities in preparing for risks linked to climate change, for example. But Europe should relax its privacy laws in order to better harness the power of data and deal with other emerging challenges, he claimed.

Development Policy 12-10-2016

Global Health Index: ‘800 million people are going to bed hungry every night’

21,000 people die every day from hunger or food shortages, and some 795 million go to bed hungry each night, according to the new Global Hunger Index, published on Tuesday (11 October).

Development Policy 21-09-2016

Mimica: Europe’s new plan for Africa ‘could reach €88 billion’

EXCLUSIVE / One of the keynote announcements of Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union address last week was the European External Investment Plan. EU development aid chief Neven Mimica gives the details in an interview with EURACTIV.com

Transport 15-09-2016

Norway minister: ‘Petrol and diesel engines in cars are a thing of the past’

Politicians should be less concerned with protecting the polluting industries of the past and invest instead in the future, said Vidar Helgesen, calling on policymakers to speed up the transition to a green economy with environmental taxation schemes.

Philippe Orliange: ‘Cities must boost borrowing to finance climate action’

Local and regional authorities are stepping up their efforts to fight climate change, but limited access to finance often holds them back, Philippe Orliange told Cécile Barbière from EURACTIV France.

EEB: The Slovak presidency must set higher climate and waste targets

Repatriating competences to the member states is not going to help citizens enjoy a better environment, Jeremy Wates tells EURACTIV Slovakia.

Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin: ‘What’s missing from UN climate talks is a new economic vision’

The UN climate change summit (COP21), which opens in Paris next week, “will be meaningless” if it doesn’t include a positive agenda for economic growth, warns Jeremy Rifkin.

Digital 14-10-2013

Microsoft’s Cherkis: Europe on equal footing with Asia, US on ‘smart cities’

Despite the massive funding available for the development of smart cities in China, and the leading role that the US is playing in hi-tech city infrastructure, Europe remains a key player in the development of interconnected urban spaces, according to Microsoft’s Joel Cherkis.

Regional Policy 27-04-2010

Eurocities: Europe’s cities ‘frustrated’ by innovation policy

Europe's biggest cities believe the European Commission's definition of innovation is too narrowly focused on the commercial and research sectors. In an interview with EURACTIV, Paul Bevan, secretary-general of Eurocities, said Europe's urban centres are teeming with examples of social, organisational and market-driven innovation.

Digital 13-10-2009

IBM chief: Smart cities need ‘holistic view’ of their activities

Stockholm, New York and other cities across the globe are increasingly relying on information and communication technologies (ICT) to manage low-emission traffic zones or improve their ability to fight crime. But privacy issues are never far away and will require political decisions, warns John Post, chief technology officer at IBM Benelux.

Transport 17-09-2007

Severing car dependency in EU cities ‘very realistic’

Klaus Bondam, chairman of EuroCities' Mobility Forum, a major partner of the annual European Mobility Week and Car Free day, and vice-mayor of one of Europe's best performing cities in terms of sustainable mobility, shares his beliefs with EURACTIV on how to deal with growing congestion and pollution in Europe's urban areas.


To read a shortened version of this interview, please click here.