The Digital Cities Challenge (DG GROW) provides fifteen European cities which want to take advantage of the impact of digital transformation with free-of-charge high quality policy advice, coaching, facilitation and support, in their own language. The support helps cities to develop and implement strategic plans addressing economic growth and social welfare.
The Digital Cities Challenge has the ambition to make cities better places to live. The steps taken follow the recommendations set out in the “Blueprint for cities and regions as launch pads for digital transformation”. They will reinforce networking among the participating cities and facilitate their participation in on-going European initiatives. The ultimate objective is to pull together local strategic stakeholders and stimulate investments, through joint cross-regional actions for digital transformation.
The selected cities receive first-class customised advisory services. These include advice on smart policy design, implementation and monitoring, as well as access to talent and financial resources. All services is provided by high level consultants and peer reviewers who accompany the cities on their transformative journey.
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