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A Smart Regions Agenda for Europe: A networked university's perspective

October 9, 2019


A Smart Regions Agenda for Europe: A networked university's perspective

EU Affairs


October 9, 2019

Many European regions are characterized by a mixture of some tens of municipalities dispersed across a rural environment: “rurban regions”. The differences between the rurban and urban regions can be significant, yet in both cases we see that digitalisation plays an important role in the space of solutions for a myriad of problems, generally leading to the notion of "smartness". This agenda is meant to be a starting point for rurban-oriented policies driven by digitalisation, motivated by the many opportunities provided by European rurban regions and their importance for European competitiveness.

The ECIU Smart Regions Agenda for Europe will be presented in Brussels on 9 October 2019. You are very welcome to join this event. Please register by filling out this form or clicking the link below.


14:00: Presentation of ECIU Smart Regions Agenda by prof.dr.ir. Maarten van Steen (Scientific Director of the digitalization research institute of the University of Twente: The Digital Society Institute)

14:30: Reaction stakeholders, European Commission

  • Katja Reppel, (European Commission Deputy Head Of Unit, DG REGIO)
  • Carsten Schierenbeck (European Commission Team Leader Emerging Industries DG GROW)
  • Pirita Lindholm (Director ERRIN)

15:30: Open discussion with the audience

16:00: Wrap up and conclusions

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