Empowering Smart Cities – Approaches to Action for European Networking (#connectedinEurope)

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The European Green Deal and the Digital Europe Programme will play a central role in the implementation of European regulations and the design of funding instruments in the coming years. This requires a European exchange of institutional stakeholders and municipalities on how the digital transformation can help achieve the goals of sustainable, integrated and common good-oriented urban development at European and national level.

The project addresses the pronounced need for the structured bundling of “digital transformation and urban development” processes and for supporting the participation of (small and medium-sized) municipalities in European networks, including projects and initiatives on digital transformation. Networking not only provides municipalities with knowledge transfer on innovative and best practices beyond their borders, but also facilitates resilient partnerships, collegial advice and opportunities for expert-centred exchange on replicable projects. To this end, the project systematically explores and supports municipalities’ participation in European networks, projects and initiatives.

Core activities in the project are the qualification and empowerment of German and European municipalities for networking. With this aim in mind, the project team provides the municipalities with practical instruments, peer-based learning and specialist workshops to build and consolidate their own networking activities. At the same time, the project develops national and European networks on digitisation and urban development and promotes networking between the ministries responsible for urban development and digitisation, as well as institutional stakeholders at EU level and established networks and initiatives.

At the core of the project are the information, training and empowerment of German municipalities for European networking. To this end, cities will be provided with practical instruments and knowledge in the form of peer learning and specialist workshops in order to promote and consolidate their own activities in networks in the short and long term. At the same time, structures for exchange on digitalisation and urban development are being established at national level, as there is considerable potential for knowledge transfer here. This potential is to be tapped in regular workshops through a structured exchange by promoting networking between the ministries responsible for urban development and digitisation as well as institutional actors at EU level and established networks and initiatives.

The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) provides support for the project. #vernetztinEuropa runs until December 2024 and is being contracted by adelphi, the German Institute of Urban Affairs (difu) and Steinbeis 2i GmbH.


Sanda Hubana



Kick Off Conference #Connected in Europe 2022

How can European and German cities and communities successfully manage the digital transformation and connect it to sustainable and integrated urban development? What are the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation from the perspective of urban development? And what are networking options and funding programmes?

Join the digital kick-off conference #Connected in Europe on February 10th 2022 and learn more about how European municipalities can shape the digital transformation and connect it with sustainable, integrated and common good oriented urban development. The conference provides an overview of EU network initiatives, EU funding programmes for digital transformation and current digital strategies on the EU level.

You can register for the kick-off conference at the following link:


Look forward to the panel discussion “Let’s talk: Status Quo and future ambitions” where we reflect on European and German smart city initiatives and networks and learn how they support municipalities in their challenges with digitalisation, the digital single market and urban development.

Take the chance and get in touch with other municipalities, ministries and stakeholders at European level, share your experience on smart city projects, tell us your needs to step forward and expand your network. Be an active part in the event and register for our afternoon programme: In three parallel sessions we would like to discuss what you your challenges are and where you need support.

The event is organised by the German Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building and the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development.


Hanna Schäfer