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European Viable Cities Day December 2018

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In cooperation with the European Commission's Representation in Sweden, Viable Cities organized the European Viable Cities Day on 11 December in connection with Nobel Day. The theme was Research and innovation for Carbon Neutral Cities.

Roundtable discussions were held with Jean-Eric Pacquet, Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, and Antonio Vicente, Chief of Staff of Commissioner Carlos Moedas responsible for research and innovation. Participants in the program included Darja Isaksson, Director General of the innovation agency Vinnova, and representatives from four of the Viable Cities member cities at the forefront of innovation and climate change: Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Umeå.

In connection with the event, Viable Cities' new call with a view to the mission Climate Neutral Cities 2030 was discussed. At the event, it was noted that this can serve as inspiration for the approach to 'Mission oriented research and innovation' that is currently being discussed as part of the upcoming EU program for research and innovation, Horizon Europe.