EU Smart City Governance

  • Carmela Gargiulo University of Naples Federico II
  • Valentina Pinto TeMA Lab - University of Naples Federico II
  • Floriana Zucaro TeMA Lab - University of Naples Federico II
Keywords: Smart Cities, urban development, cohesion policy, Digital Agenda, Urban Agenda, ICT


In recent years European Commission has developed a set of documents for Members States tracing, directly or indirectly, recommendations for the transformation of the European city. The paper wants to outline which future EU draws for the city, through an integrated and contextual reading of addresses and strategies contained in the last documents, a future often suggested as Smart City. Although the three main documents (Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 of European Community, Digital Agenda for Europe and European Urban Agenda) face the issue of the future development of European cities from different points of view, which are respectively cohesion social, ICT and urban dimension, each of them pays particular attention to urban and territorial dimension, identified by the name of Smart City. In other words, the paper aims at drawing the scenario of evolution of Smart Cities that can be delineated through the contextual reading of the three documents. To this end, the paper is divided into three parts: the first part briefly describes the general contents of the three European economic plan tools; the second part illustrates the scenarios for the future of the European city contained in each document; the third part seeks to trace the evolution of the Smart Cities issue developed by the set of the three instruments, in order to provide the framework of European Community for the near future of our cities. 


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Author Biographies

Carmela Gargiulo, University of Naples Federico II
Associate professor of Urban Planning Techniques at the University of Naples Federico II. Since 1987 she has been involved in studies on the management of urban and territorial transformations. Since 2004, she has been Member of the Researcher Doctorate in Hydraulic, Transport and Territorial Systems Engineering of the University of Naples “Federico II”. She is Member of the Committee of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Naples “Federico II”. Her research interests focus on the processes of urban requalification, on relationships between urban transformations and mobility, and on the estate exploitation produced by urban transformations. On these subjects she has co-ordinated research teams within National Project such as Progetto Finalizzato Edilizia - Sottoprogetto “Processi e procedure” (Targeted Project on Building – Subproject “Processes and procedures), from 1992 to 1994; Progetto Strategico Aree Metropolitane e Ambiente, (Strategic Project Metropolitan Areas and Environment) from 1994 to 1995; PRIN project on the “Impacts of mobility policies on urban transformability, environment and property market” from 2011 to 2013. Scientific Responsible of the Project Smart Energy Master for the energy management of territory financed by PON 04A2_00120 R&C Axis II, from 2012 to 2015. She is author of more than 90 publications.
Valentina Pinto, TeMA Lab - University of Naples Federico II
Engineer, Ph.D. student in Hydraulic, Transport and Territorial Systems at the University of Naples Federico II. Her research activity at the Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering (DICEA) is aimed at defining new approaches to the study of cities and new tools and strategies for managing urban transformation oriented to the integration between land use and mobility planning for sustainable development.
Floriana Zucaro, TeMA Lab - University of Naples Federico II
Engineer, Ph.D. student in Hydraulic, Transport and Territorial Systems Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II. Her research activity is focused on the integration of land use planning, sustainable mobility and energy saving policies in urban contests.


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How to Cite
GargiuloC., PintoV., & ZucaroF. (2013). EU Smart City Governance. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 6(3), 356-370.