On May 14th, the Government of Catalonia’s Ministry for Digital Policy and Public Administration organized a workshop on public funding that tackled the different funding categories and some of the most relevant forthcoming calls which cities can lean on when planning innovative and smart strategies and solutions.
The Secretary for Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and Digital Society, Mr. David Ferrer, opened the workshop remembering that “the European Union offers a variety of funding opportunities for innovative projects that local entities can aim for” and that “the Government wants to make it easier for local councils to carry out their projects as smoothly as possible.”
In that sense, the Secretary has claimed that “from the Government, with the support of the Catalan Provincial Councils, we will leverage European funding in order to direct those resources to innovation projects that can solve municipal and citizen challenges.”
A network of urban laboratories
Laboratori SmartCatalonia is a network of urban labs promoted from the Ministry for Digital Policy and Public Administration and the i2CAT Foundation to test and validate smart solutions in real environments. It has a double goal: boosting the technological sector by offering access to infrastructures and equipment, and promoting open innovation within cities thanks to their participation in pilot tests. It is a testing site for all those products that have a direct implication in the inner operations of a city or in the services that city councils offer.