On 13 July 2016, JPI Urban Europe and CCUD signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their partnership in the field of urbanisation. The signing took place at the 18th EU-China Summit in the presence of China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.
Further information can be found here.
The Regional Cities Network brings together more than 20 officers operating out of the Embassy in Beijing and Consulates General in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan. These officers are focused upon building the UK's relationship with provinces within which the UK has no bricks-and-mortar representation.
The UK-China Urbanisation Platform has been established in the context of the Memorandum of Understanding on Enhancing Cooperation in Green and Low Carbon Urbanisation. The Platform aims to promote the UK's offer of city and city cluster development, smart cities and integrated planning and knowledge exchange.
The Platform will be managed by the China Centre for Urban Development, China's leading urban development agency.
The Platform's monthly newsletter can be found here.
The EIP-SCC representation tour stopped off at the Brussels-hosted Sustainable Energy Week. During the week 13-17 June, representatives of EIP-SCC were available to answer attendees questions. In addition, the EIP-SCC held a further two networking sessions at the nearby Residence Palace to promote two Sustainable Urban Mobility initiatives: Scaling-Up Smart Electro-Mobility Solutions in Europe and Sustainable Mobility in the Smart City.
EIP-SCC has launched an online consultation for its Manifesto on Citizen Engagement. The citizen-centred approach centres around institutionalising the concepts of privacy in organisations making up the smart city value chain and integrating these concepts in the design of smart city systems and sub-systems.
The Approach will consder:
- Privacy-by-design and default;
- Privacy settings;
- Data protection impact assessments;
- And interaction with existing network and community.
And result in:
An agreement is in place between several organisations involved in the UK-China Smartcities initiative to develop a Joint Smart Cities Laboratory, co-located in Shanghai and Manchester.
These new funding packages will pave the way for deepened cooperation between European and Chinese research and innovation stakeholders by promoting a stronger Chinese participation in Horizon 2020. They will also be open to a variety of thematic areas such as food, agriculture, biotechnology, information and communication technology, space, aviation, energy, health, transportation, water resources, energy conservation, advanced manufacturing, new materials, sustainable urbanization and young scientists exchange activities.
The CHOICE project ended in December. Over the course of the past two years, the CHOICE project successfully contributed to supporting and strengthening EU-China research collaboration in the field of ICT.
The CHOICE project produced: