A smart city is a place where traditional networks and services become more efficient,
with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies, for the benefit of its
inhabitants and businesses.
A smart city goes beyond the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for
better resource use and less emissions. It combines smarter urban transport networks,
upgraded water supply and waste disposal facilities and more efficient ways to light and
heat buildings. It also involves a more interactive and responsive city administration,
safer public spaces and adapting to the needs of the population.
A smart city is not only forward-thinking and sustainable, but fully inclusive, leaving
no one behind.
Cities in the Mediterranean need to evolve in order to overcome growing difficulties and
adapt to the increasingly knowledge-intensive economies. Cities need to become ‘smart
cities’. The “Smart Cities in the Mediterranean” Strategic Partnership promotes
‘smartening’ cities in the Mediterranean region by sharing resources, know-how and
Emphasis will be given on the application of the smart cities framework in selected
cities around the Mediterranean: “The Pilot Cities”.
New ICT Tools will be developed and help Regions and Municipalities to cope with
planning challenges as well as climate change impact. They will be able to set new
policy priorities serving mitigation and adaptation purposes.
This is Circle the MED