The 2016 Smart Cities General Assembly will take place on 24 May 2016 and will be hosted by the City of Eindhoven (the Netherlands).
The General Assembly of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Smart Cities and Communities is jointly organised by the European Commission Directorates-General for Mobility and Transport, Energy and Communications Networks, Content & Technology. It is an official associated event of the current Dutch Presidency. In its third edition, this event is the place to be for learning about key policy and market trends for smart cities and communities and creating new contacts and networks.
Over 400 participants are expected. The Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and the Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz von Haegen will open the Assembly. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission and responsible for establishing a European Energy Union, will also participate as key-note speaker.
A number of initiatives are part of the EIP-SCC, among others, one deals with electromobility. In this context, the FREVUE partners Cross-River Partnership (coordinator of the project), the City of Rotterdam and Polis will participate in a round-table on e-freight to exchange and define the needs of the sector and also to discuss the different options regarding EU funding for up scaling the deployment of electric freight vehicles (EFVs).