As policy makers at all levels of government and organizations, we are, along with networks of both large and small cities and communities, believe that close cooperation through multi - level governance in the EU and co-creation with citizens are essential to our mission to transform our cities and communities into smart and sustainable places where people like to live and work. We strive for a cohesive and digital Europe, in which every community.

EUROCITIES is het netwerk van grote Europese steden. Leden zijn de lokale en gemeentelijke overheden van grote Europese steden. Hun doelstelling is de belangrijke rol die lokale overheden in een meerlagige bestuursstructuur zouden moeten spelen, te versterken. Zij proberen de standpunten van de belanghebbenden in Brussel vorm te geven en het accent van de EU-wetgeving zodanig te verleggen dat stadsbesturen strategische uitdagingen op lokaal niveau kunnen aanpakken.

OPEN & AGILE SMART CITIES (OASC) is a non-profit, international smart city network that has the goal of creating and shaping the nascent global smart city data and services market. They are already today at the forefront of tomorrow’s standards for city data, services, and technology – and we work based on city needs with support from industry. Unlike any other city network, OASC is driven by implementation and focused on open platforms and citizen engagement.

THE EUROPEAN NETWORK OF LIVING LABS (ENOLL) is the international federation of benchmarked Living Labs in Europe and worldwide. Founded in November 2006 under the auspices of the Finnish European Presidency, the network has grown in ‘waves’ up to this day. LLs operate as intermediaries among citizens, research organisations, companied, cities and regions for joint value co-creation, rapid prototyping or validation to scale up innovation and businesses. LLs have common elements but multiple different implementations.

FINLAND’S PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION The main focus of the Presidency related to urban development is to support the successful implementation of the Urban Agenda for the EU, including advancing the creation of the new Leipzig Charter. As a specific theme, digital innovation in cities is highlighted.

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION helps to shape the EU’s overall strategy, proposes new EU laws and policies, monitors their implementation and manages the EU budget. It also plays a significant role in supporting international development and delivering aid.

THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS (COR) is the voice of regions and cities in the European Union (EU). It represents local and regional authorities across the European Union and advises on new laws that have an impact on regions and cities (70% of all EU legislation).