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Maroš Šefčovič SK

vice-president of the EU

Smart Cities as centers of innovation

Maroš Šefčovič is a Slovak diplomat who was European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture & Youth from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he was promoted to Vice President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy Union.

It’s the cities that prove to be the real centers of innovation and growth.

Maroš is working on a project of creating smarter EU cities and regions. He recognizes that cities & regions face enormous challenges, from air pollution to traffic congestion. But, every time, it’s also the cities that prove to be the real centers of innovation & growth. 

He believes that, at the global level, cities can inspire each other & learn from each other’s best practices to deliver a more sustainable future. The progress in energy efficiency, cutting CO2 emissions & using renewables is encouraging, but Maroš believes far more needs to be done. He stresses that regions & cities — the real engines of economic development — are increasingly part of the solution. 

Maroš Šefčovič believes cities must become smarter by strengthening cooperation & better exploit new technologies if the EU is to meet its climate change commitments, end energy poverty & drive sustainable growth. He highlights the belief in the ability of local action to transform our economies & bring about the change across Europe & across the world.