Kozani’s participation in the European Commission’s “Intelligent Cities Challenge” initiative is now a fact. The city will embark on its two-year journey, with the ultimate goal of creating an effective strategy, but also developing innovative solutions that will place it at the forefront of the green and digital (twin) transition, through Local Green Deals.

The Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) program will help cities harness the power of cutting-edge technologies while improving their economic competitiveness, social resilience, and citizens’ quality of life.

Cities participating in the program will receive high-quality tailored guidance, expert support, access to advisory networks and capacity building tools, to take their city closer to Twin Transition.

The Municipality of Kozani proceeded to submit for the Smart Cities Challenge in collaboration with the University of Western Macedonia and with the support of EBE Kozani and Cluster of Bioeconomy & Environment of Western Macedonia. Special thanks for his contribution are addressed to the Associate Professor of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Nikolaos Ploskas.

As the mayor of Kozani, Lazaros Maloutas, underlined “We continue to consistently serve the path of the Municipality of Kozani towards the future, after joining the Mission for the 100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities of Europe by 2030. The inclusion of Kozani in the Intelligent Cities Challenge, the initiative of the European Union, serves with even greater emphasis the digital transformation of our municipality. It is obvious that the digital era, the digital transformation of our municipality, is an important weapon that serves the new development and production model that we want to shape for the place and its citizens”.

In the previous edition of the Smart Cities Challenge, €1.9 billion was earmarked for city actions, while €247 million of public funding was leveraged from European, national and regional sources. This facilitated 336 actions planned by 136 cities.

The new edition of the call builds on the success of the previous program and will provide an extensive high-profile network, a solid methodological framework and strong support mechanisms.

For the latest news and more information, visit intelligentcitieschallenge.eu.

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