European Union deploys data spaces for cities and communities – 15m€ for cross-sectorial pilots

Saara Valtasaari

Nov 3, 2023



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Copenhagen, 3 November 2023 – European local governments and companies are urged to participate in the Data Space for Smart Communities initiative. This project aims to create a secure, inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous future, driven by a data ecosystem that benefits all European citizens.

Recognizing the pivotal role of data in the modern world, local governments and companies across the European Union are encouraged to propose pilot projects as part of the initiative’s deployment phase. A substantial budget of 15 million euros is allocated for 10-12 selected proposals. More details about these opportunities can be found online and at events in Barcelona and Rotterdam.

Save the date for the official call opening on 17 January 2024 at the “Open & Agile Smart Cities Conference” in Rotterdam.

Martin Brynskov, Lead and Coordinator at the Technical University of Denmark, emphasizes the importance of well-governed data, stating, “Data is the new material of the millennium, but we are still learning how to use it as a foundation for building societies. If we are to reap the benefits, data spaces must be well governed and well managed, like we do with other natural resources.”

For more information, an Online Info Session is scheduled for the 15th of November between 1 pm and 3 pm (CEST/Brussels time). Don’t miss out; sign up today here.

Read the full press release here