Final conference in Genoa (Italy) on the 16th of october




To every project comes an end… that’s why on the 16th of October 2014 the CCIC project’s main communication event, the CCIC Final Conference, was held in the city of Genoa, Italy. During this event the partners popularised the deliverables of their cooperative three-year work process as participants in the CCIC consortium.

In the morning of the 16th all the project partners received a warm welcome from Councillor Francesco Oddone (Coordinator of European Projects and Project Genoa Smart City) and from Councillor Francesco Miceli (expert on finances, taxes, public companies, real estate and contract policies).

This welcome was followed by a presentation from Ilaria Piazza, representative of the JTS for INTERREG IVC, who provided an expert insight on the EU interregional cooperation vision regarding the programming period 2014-2020.

After that, all the attention focused on the CCIC project itself. After 3 years: How far we’ve come?
In a concrete presentation, the Lead Partner, from the Bulgarian city of Sofia, demonstrated the outlines of the project and the outputs the partners accomplished.

The first thematic session of the conference agenda covered the cornerstones of the roadmap towards a successful Regional Implementation Plan (RIP) development and best practices transfers from a CCIC perspective, with special focus on the cases of project partners from Tartu, Genoa and Gävle. The afternoon discussion put an explicit accent on the Smart development philosophy with curious takes on Smart cities and Smart governance through the prism of several proven good examples from the project partners. i.a. Sabadell (Spain), Catania (Italy) and Jyvaskyla (Finland) are working hard on becoming a Smart City. They showed their ways to get there under the moderation of Anthony van de Ven (City of Eindhoven, NL). Last but not least: the moderator started a discussion around the main questions: How do CCIC partner cities use the Regional Implementation Plans to become smarter? How can you become a ‘Smart City’, by using the CCIC approach?