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Romania’s new working group encourages smart cities

Joinup can add examples

Anonymous (not verified)
Published on: 31/08/2018 News Archived

In July, Romania’s Ministry of Communications and Information Society held a first meeting of a new working group on smart cities. The goal is to develop a national smart city strategy. The ministry set out a wide range of activities, including a survey of existing projects, work on improved security and resilience, and the launch of new pilot projects. The European Commission’s Joinup portal offers many links to existing smart city projects and tools, offering practical experience from across the EU.

Romania’s new working group will be drafting guidelines on good practices, including on management, privacy and ownership of data. In addition, the working group will organise a public consultation on the national smart city strategy.

The overall goal is to get cities to use new technologies to improve the quality of life, reduce bureaucracy and boost the economy, ICT minister Petru Bogdan Cojocaru is quoted as saying in a statement.

Romania is already looking abroad for inspiration: two years ago, the Ministry published a compendium of international best practices and solutions.

Screenshot of the Barcelona collection on Joinup
Some of those examples can be found on Joinup, the European Commission’s community of practice on government digitalisation. With its growing collection of best practices, tools and reusable ICT solutions, our portal can help public services such as the Romanian smart city working group.

Joinup also directly provides links to smart city ICT tools – though we admit there could always be more.

  • In 2014, the Open Source Observatory (OSOR) reported on a bike navigation app developed by the city of Copenhagen. It can plan routes that avoid cobbled streets and use streets with bike lanes, includes parks and other green areas, and even takes into account pollution data.
  • And here is Service List, which catalogues all the services performed by local government in England and Scotland, and municipalities in Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Service List gives a common understanding of services and is a result of collaboration during the Smart Cities Project 2009–2011.

More information:

Announcement of Romania’s smart city working group (in Romanian)