This year's edition of the Forum will be an official partner event of the EU Green Week. It will be linked to the EU Action Plan toward a Zero Pollution Ambition as a key action of the European Green Deal.
In this context, the aim of the Forum and the consolidated matchmaking – promoted by the European Commission under the Smart Cities Marketplace – is to:
1. demonstrate the high-level commitment of the European Commission and its Smart Cities and Communities initiatives to the promotion of zero pollution and smart cities based on a European smart city best practice model,
2. discuss the future of Smart (Sustainable) Cities and the Smart Cities Marketplace in its function as a hub for synergising with other relevant EU initiatives,
3. share best practices and good examples from the wider Smart Cities Marketplace context, including the Action Clusters and Initiatives of the Marketplace, as well as adjacent initiatives, and
4 initiate a dialogue on how successful innovations and demonstrations can be adjusted to Zero Pollution contexts, and, vice versa, which best practices and excellent smart city innovations from the environmental and sustainable scene deserve more attention.
The event, held online, includes a public two-day conference with a mixture of high-level keynotes, plenaries and engaging workshop sessions to show that Smart Cities are a key factor regarding for example Clean Energy, the Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities, the Renovation Wave and specific activities in Transport & Mobility as well as the digital solutions context. The Smart Cities Marketplace Matchmaking funnel provides matchmaking geared to specific needs of city administrations and informs about financial instruments. It helps Smart Cities Marketplace stakeholders to realize their plans and projects – the essence of the Smart Cities Marketplace’s operation.