Press Release - Smart Cities and Communities: Part of the EU’s vision for a low-carbon economy by 2050
10.07.2012, 18:35 (CET)
The European Commission presented today the newly adopted Communication on the Smart Cities and Communities Initiative, at a launch conference held in Brussels. The Communication will set a reinforced EU policy framework regarding the energy, transport and ICT sectors, in support of energy efficient, sustainable and low-carbon, urban development.

Speaking at the Conference, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Mr. Neoklis Sylikiotis said that the Cyprus Presidency welcomes the Commission’s new initiative on Smart Cities and Communities, which he described as “part of our long-term vision to develop a low-carbon economy by 2050, given the fact that 70 to 80% of the EU’s energy consumption takes place in cities”. Minister Sylikiotis underlined that “Europe has scarce resources for experimentation and is therefore compelled to find and share the most cost-effective and sustainable paths to realize smarter cities”.

The aim of the Smart Cities and Communities Initiative is to foster the dissemination throughout Europe of the most efficient models and strategies for achieving the Communication’s goals. This will be done by supporting cities and regions in taking ambitious and pioneering measures to progress, by 2020, towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through sustainable use and production of energy.

According to Minister Sylikiotis, “the most important aspect for the development of the Smart Cities concept is to identify and promote the synergies of telecommunication and energy companies and to find the necessary tools, standards and legislation, to overcome the regulatory uncertainties and the immature market for truly integrated energy, transport and ICT solutions”.

The importance of the Initiative was also stressed at the conference by the Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Siim Kallas, the Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Mrs. Neelie Kroes, the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Mr. Johannes Hahn, and the Commissioner for Energy, Mr. Günther Oettinger.

Presidency Spokesperson in Brussels
Marianna Karageorgis

Coreper I

Email: mkarageorgis@pio.moi.gov.cy
Telefon: +32 27404002
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Communications Officer
George Arotis

Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Tourism

Email: garotis@pio.moi.gov.cy
Telefon: +357 22867161