India-EU cooperation on smart cities
It was with great pleasure that I have acceptedthe invitation to participate in the"indiam2m + iot forum 2018", and I am glad that the European Union is able to provide support to this important gathering.
This year's event focuses on smart cities and villages, a topic which is close to our heart, and on which we cooperate with India in a number of ways.
In the last India-EU Summit in New Delhi in October 2017, our Leaders adopted an India-EU Joint Statement on a Partnership for Smart and Sustainable Urbanisation. The aim is to step up cooperationon priority topics such as developing Smart Cities in India, modernising urban infrastructure, or promoting the New Urban Agenda of the United Nations.
The partnership will allow us to look at the provision of water, waste, clean energy, mobility, emergency and other services needed for smart urban transformation in a holistic manner.
India and the EU share similar challenges and need similar solutions to ensure smart and sustainable urbanisation.The EU is impressed by India's ambitious urban and digital agenda and committed to implement the Urbanisation Partnership.
The EU can bring together its 28 Member States, all of which have their own key strengths, competencies and technologies. Our Partnership will bring on board the relevant stakeholders to facilitate policy dialogue and provide best practices, business solutions and joint research & innovation, and to look at financing models.
The European Investment Bank (EIB), the world's leading multilateral lender, has established an office in India and already committed credits at favourable conditions of some €2 billion for clean and smart projects. Smart cities, as part of the EIB’s regional focus on climate action, is one field where such financing is likely to be relevant.
In the field of ICT standardisation, an EU funded project supports the cooperation between the Indian and European telecom standards bodies (TSDSI and ETSI) on emerging global standards in priority areas of mutual interest, includinge.g.machine to machine (M2M) communications and Intelligent Transport Systems. ETSI and TSDSI are active members of the leading international standardisation initiatives working out essential interoperable standards for smart cities and the "Internet of Things": oneM2M and 3GPP.
Under our cooperation project we are - as just one example - preparing a series of tutorials for app developers and a hackathon to be held from 12 to 19 February in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chandigarh. These events, organisedin cooperation withprestigious Indian and European organisations, will be based on an open source implementation of oneM2M,and focus on applications relevant for smart cities.
I wish the "indiam2m + iot forum 2018" success and reaffirm the EU's commitment to strengthening cooperation with our strategic partner India, including in the important field of smart urbanisation.