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Smart cities need unified approach

Europe's businesses need to join forces with national and local governments to build smarter cities that integrate ICT, transportation and energy systems, a conference in Brussels has heard.

To achieve this, the use of funding from the EU, national governments and the private sector must be more aligned and should be fed into targeted initiatives, according to speakers at the launch event of the European Innovations Partnership on Smart Cities in Brussels on 26 November.

The smart cities project will have a budget of €200 million from Horizon 2020 for the next two years, and the Commission will spend a further €200m on innovation, and sustainable urban mobility, Siim Kallas, the transport commissioner, said at the conference. Reducing congestion is one of the priorities of the initiative, as it is estimated to cost the EU 80 billion a year in lost revenue, he added. 

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