The Board of Directors of the Spanish Network of Cities Smart (RECI), formed by the mayors of the 25 municipalities founders and gathered today in Logroño, has approved the addition of three new cities who have applied for membership: El Puerto de Santa Maria (Cadiz), San Cristobal de La Laguna (Tenerife) and Toledo. With them, RECI passes to be composed of 65 towns, including is Segovia.
Iñigo de la Serna, President of RECI and Mayor of Santander, has highlighted the importance of understanding existing core within this network with the new representatives of the cities that have changed the Government Team after the recent municipal elections. It has also stressed the importance of our country “progress on the path toward the cities intelligent with a strategic bet long-term, comprehensive, and independent of political colors, so as not to lose the opportunity for economic growth and international leadership that gives us the fact that place Spain currently in first line in the field of smart cities.
As a first meeting after the municipal elections of the month of May, the Board has reviewed the trajectory of RECI and the role that it is playing in the progress of our country toward the smart cities. In this sense, De la Serna has pointed out that there has been a major increase in institutional weight, being considered as a pillar of reference by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. Proof of this is their participation in the National Plan of Smart Cities and the presence of its President in the Sectoral Forum created to give shape to the Advisory Council of the Intelligent Cities that met last July.
In relation to these public initiatives, General Director of Red.es, Daniel Noguera, has informed during the meeting of programs Smart Cities and Islands, two calls for aid for 78 million euros that will be used to finance projects of the smart cities in all Spain. From the beginning they can benefit all of the municipalities of more than 20,000 habitants, which can receive financing of up to 80% for projects with a maximum of 8 million euros. The deadline for registration ends on October 30th. The second is designated for the District Council of the Canary Islands and ¨consells insulares¨ of the Balearic Islands, which may receive a 100% financing for projects of up to 10 million euros. The deadline for registration is October 1.
On the other hand, the President of RECI has reminded us of the important contribution made by the network in order to improve the public-private collaboration in the field of intelligent city, which has been materialized in a series of proposals to amend the Law on Public Sector Contracts designed to simplify the relationship between the two sectors to encourage the development of the smart cities. Also is conducting groundbreaking work along with AENOR on standardization in the field of intelligent city, through its participation in the Technical Committee on Standardization 178.
THE Spanish Network of Intelligent Cities (www.redciudadesinteligentes.es) It was formed in June of 2012 with the aim of exchanging experiences and work together to develop a model of sustainable management and improve the quality of life of citizens, focusing on aspects such as energy saving, sustainable mobility, administration, the attention to the people or the security. At present it is formed by 62 cities: A Coruña, Albacete, Alcalá de Henares, Alcobendas, Alcorcón, Alicante, Almería, Alzira, Aranjuez, Arganda del Rey, Ávila, Badajoz, Barcelona, Burgos, Cáceres, Castellón, Ciudad Real, Córdoba, Guadalajara, Elche, Fuengirola, Getafe, Gijón, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Huelva, Jaén, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Logroño, Lugo, Huesca, Madrid, Majadahonda, Málaga, Marbella, Mérida, Molina de Segura, Móstoles, Motril, Murcia, Oviedo, Palencia, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona, Paterna, Ponferrada, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Rivas Vaciamadrid, Sabadell, Salamanca, Sant Cugat, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Sevilla, Tarragona, Torrejón de Ardoz, Torrent, Valencia, Valladolid, Vitoria-Gasteiz y Zaragoza. The Foundation Fundetec is its technical office.