PPNT | 30.9.2015

XIII Union of the Baltic Cities General Conference

Between 27 and 30 October 2015, the XIII UBC General Conference ‘Building Smart Cities in the Baltic Sea Region’, organised jointly by the City of Gdynia and the Union of the Baltic Cities, will be held in the PPNT Gdynia.

Nowadays, ‘smart city’ is one of the leading phrases used in the city marketing campaigns. In reality, this expression cover more than promotion. It is a development philosophy that changes a city into a smart, efficient organism in which modern technologies meet the needs of its residents, the most significant decisions are made together, time and energy are saved and the natural environment is taken care of.

By cooperating and learning from each other we can promote sustainable smart development within the region – states Per Bødker Andersen, President of the Union of the Baltic Cities. We have invited prominent representatives of the European institutions and regional organisations to share their knowledge.

How do the cities implement the objectives of the smart city approach? In what areas are innovations introduced? What is the influence of such direction of development on spatial planning, economy, culture or social and environmental conditions? How does the quality of life in a smart city change? The Conference participants will try to answer these questions.

I am deeply convinced that it will be a really inspiring and significant meeting of the Baltic Sea Region Cities representatives – says Wojciech Szczurek, Mayor of Gdynia.

The Conference, held in the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park Gdynia, will also provide an opportunity to discuss the future of UBC.

The Union of the Baltic Cities brings together 90 cities of the Baltic Sea Region. The General Conference, organised every second year, is the highest authority of the UBC bringing together approx. 200 representatives of the cities, including mayors, councillors, experts and specialists of various areas.

More information can be found at www.ubcconferencegdynia.pl and www.ubc.net