The start of the Europe-China Eco-Cities Link Project was officially announced during the EU-China Urbanisation Forum in Beijing on 21 November 2013.

The challenge
The proportion of people in Chinese cities reached 52.6% in 2012 and will maintain a rapid development in the coming years. Meanwhile the quality and level of China's urbanisation have to be improved. This represents a massive challenge in economical, social and environmental terms for Chinese local decision-makers.

The objectives
The aim of the EC-LINK project is to assist Chinese cities in their endeavour to meet the targets set in the 12th five year plan by providing technical assistance to MoHURD, sharing experiences on sustainable urbanisation and other relevant policies between Europe and China. EC-LINK will foster better information exchange, promote the outputs of pilot and demonstration
projects, help Chinese and European cities and their groupings to link-up as well as providing toolboxes and give guidance to cities on ecological and low-carbon solutions.

The final NiCE roadshow will take place on November 14th and 15th in Amsterdam. The location of this event will be Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam . The event aims to bring together specialists and leaders around Smart Cities and Green ICT development to discuss the subject of public-private cooperation on green digital development and visit and study some of Amsterdam's best examples of "smart & sustainable projects".

More information for the event can be found here and you can register free of charge here.

Information about NiCE roadshows and previous events can be found here.

11 - 12 June 2013, London

OVUM and INFORMA TELECOMS & MEDIA have organised a next generation FutureCities event to be held on the 11th and 12th June 2013 in Dexter House, London.

The organisers state:
"Too many smart city conferences do not distinguish between what is possible in developed countries as opposed to emerging economies. Equally, many focus on a futurist vision of what may be possible in the future and not what we can do now. This is often compounded by not giving enough emphasis on the practical roadmap to implementing a future city and how you measure success. We aim to fill those gaps.

The City of Ljubljana is to host the Annual Conference of Major Cities of Europe which is an independent organisation of local government CIOs and ICT managers. The conference will be held from 3 – 5 June in Ljubljana and will bring together colleagues from cities across Europe as well as top level business leaders. The goal of the conference is to find answers to today's challenges regarding ICT in cities. 

e-Forum director Baudouin de Sonis participated as the representative of e-Forum in the Euro-BRICS 2012-2014 seminar, held in Cannes, France on 27 September 2012. The seminar was organised by LEAP in partnership with MGIMO. De Sonis endorsed the final report from the seminar (available below) on behalf of e-Forum.

The Porvoo 17 meeting took place in Brussels on 10-11 May 2012. The theme of the meeting was online identity and personal data: how can these be safeguarded on the internet, and do legislation and technology provide sufficient tools to ensure trust.

The EU-China e-Forum, an initiative of e-Forum, will hold a seminar in Beijing, China on June 29 with the aim of furthering EU-China cooperation on eGovernance for cities.