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We have selected 25 young people from across Central and Eastern Europe  to explore how technology impacts our cities, and rethink the concept of smart cities from a Green and Eastern European perspective!


About the Event:

The training will deal with the challenges and opportunities that the implementation of new technologies brings to the cities in different aspects (social, environmental, economical, democratic) in Central and Eastern Europe. Participants will be made aware of how technologies change us and our cities, be able to rethink the concept of smart cities from a green perspective for Eastern and Central European cities and create ideas on how to influence public debate and local decision-making on technological innovations and their implementations in the cities of the region.

The concept of Smart Cities will be explored through

1) Creation of a space for 25 young people to learn, share knowledge about and critically analyse the impact of new technologies in our cities;

2) Analysis of the Charter for the Smart City in relation to the Eastern European context;

3) Creation of a manifesto on principles of new technologies’ implementation in the Eastern European cities.

You can read more about the project on this page.

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, this event will now be taking place online as a series of webinars. More information to follow. 


This project is a part of the GEF transnational project “A Charter for the Smart City II”.

All over Europe, so-called ‘smart cities’ are the testing grounds for new technologies that affect how we live, how we organise our societies and what our ethical foundation is. Given the opportunities that new technologies offer for reducing the ecological footprint of cities and creating new urban commons, as well as the potential threats they pose to civil liberties and social justice, GEF aims to stimulate the debate on smart cities. To this end, GEF has developed, with the support of its partners, a Charter for the Smart City, consisting of guiding principles that will make it easier for green European politicians and activists to assess and steer technological innovations in their cities. Throughout 2019, ideas were solicited digitally and through events across Europe, including best practises from NGOs, experts and local green politicians, as well as from GEF partner foundations and other Green European actors.


When and where: The training was scheduled to take place in Riga, Latvia, from 21 to 25 September. Due to COVID-19, alternative online solutions are being explored.

Participants: We are gathering 25 young people aged 16-35, residing in Central and Eastern Europe (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine). The applications have now closed, and selected participants have been informed.

Language: The main language of this activity is English.



This project is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of CDNEE and Wetenschappelijk Bureau GroenLinks with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.

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