Major Cities of Europe IT Users Group

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The Major Cities of Europe IT Users Group is an independent association of chief information officers, IT managers and department heads of cities. The group was founded in 1982 as a result of an initiative by the Greater London Council. Since then it has focused on innovation in cities, driven by information and communications technology.[1]

Major Cities of Europe
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TypeNetwork of cities
Region served
40 member cities
Official language
Giorgio Prister
Key people
CIO and IT Managers

City innovation and ICT[edit]

The mission of the group is to promote a voluntary exchange of ideas, strategies, visions and experiences between members to encourage innovation and improve the performance of local governments by using leading edge information and communication technology (ICT). [2]


Members cover 17 countries and about 40 cities from Scandinavia, Western Eastern and Southern parts of Europe together with some non-European cities, such as Tel Aviv and Boston and other organisations and academia.[3]

Country Members
Austria Austria Vienna
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Banja Luka
Croatia Croatia Opatija, Pula, Rijeka, Zagreb
France France Grand Lyon, Issy-les-Moulineaux
Germany Germany Berlin, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Leipzig, Saarbrücken, VITAKO
Greece Greece Trikala
Republic of Ireland Ireland Cork City Council, County Cork, Dublin, Fingal County, LGMA
Israel Israel Holon, Rishon LeZion, Tel Aviv
Italy Italy BAICR, Empoli, Firenze, Genova, Livorno, Modena, PIN Scrl (Prato), Prato, Rome, Trieste, Venice
Netherlands Netherlands Eindhoven, Zoetermeer
Romania Romania Bucharest
Slovenia Celje, Slovenia Koper, Ljubljana
Spain Spain Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona
Sweden Sweden Uppsala
Switzerland Switzerland Geneva, Zürich
United States United States Boston, Center for Technology in Government (Albany)
United Kingdom United Kingdom Aberdeen


Global and national companies specialising in ICT technologies and solutions and developing innovation in cities support the initiatives of the association by sharing their experiences of deploying projects in each country and across the world.[4]

Collaboration with other organisations and academia[edit]

Partnerships are established with The Public Technology Institute from US and with VITAKO, the German association of ICT providers of local governments.[5][6] Some universities are partnering with Major Cities of Europe thereby bringing the results of their research activities, for example Autonomous University of Barcelona and CTG – the Center for Technology in Government (Albany University – USA).

Main activities[edit]

Annual conference[edit]

The annual conference provides the occasion for distinguished speakers from across Europe to present the latest ICT innovations in their cities and to share successes and challenges. In addition, informal exchanges, networking and discussions take place during the conference. In 2010 the conference was hosted by the city of Berlin,[7][8] in 2011 by the city of Prato.[9] The programs and handouts were published.[10]

Major Cities Conference 2012 in Vienna

2012 conference in Vienna[edit]

The 2012 conference in Vienna was attended by about 300 participants from all over Europe, US and Korea.[11][12] Key topics of the 2012 conference

The programs, handouts and videos were published.[13]

Major Cities Conference 2013 in Ljubljana

2013 conference in Ljubljana[edit]

"ICT – fostering cities' prosperity" was the overarching theme of the conference, it was attended by about 180 participants.[14] The need for radical transformation of cities is a key factor in responding to these challenges faced by the public sector. How can ICT help cities maintain their lead in providing services and in engaging with their citizens? How can the CIO evolve a management approach to be a leader in driving the city forward? Actual implementation experiences and key ideas will be presented during the conference to answer these questions. Key topics of the 2013 conference:

The programs and handouts were published.[15]

Major Cities Conference 2014 in Zurich

2014 conference in Zurich[edit]

The 2014 conference in Zurich was attended by about 250 participants from 22 countries and 84 cities, the motto was: "Cities managing complexity in the digital world - prepared for the upcoming challenges?".[16] Key topics of the 2014 conference:

The programs and handouts were published.[17]

Major Cities Conference 2015 in Hamburg

2015 conference in Hamburg[edit]

The 2015 conference in Hamburg was attended by 204 participants. The motto 2015 was: "Living, learning, leading in the connected city".[18] Key topics of the 2015 conference:

The program and handouts were published.[19][20]

Major Cities Conference 2016 in Florence

2016 conference in Florence[edit]

In 2016 the conference in the city of Florence was attended by about 400 delegates from all over Europe, the motto 2016 was: "City Renaissance in the Digital Age".[21][22] Key topics of the 2016 conference:

The program and handouts were published.[23][24]

Major Cities Conference 2017 will take place in Zagreb

2017 conference in Zagreb[edit]

In 2017 the conference will be hosted by the city of Zagreb from June 12 to 14. The motto 2017 is: "The Digital Future - Cities Facing the Reality".[25] Key topics of the 2017 conference will be:


Member cities run workshops, usually lasting one day, to share and discuss experiences focusing on a specific topic of interest. The results of the workshops are published on the association's website.[26]

Topics for workshops included:

Participation in EU programs[edit]

The association makes it possible to take advantage of the experience of its members and of the value of the network of innovative cities to participate successfully in selected EU programs, such as FUPOL.[27][28] Vitako and Major Cities of Europe organised the European Local Government Conference on ICT and the Local Government transformation in Europe in which the Smart Cities Project was presented.[29]


The newsletter gives access to news about the association, about events and new emerging topics and technologies to support innovation.[30]


  1. ^ "About us". Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Mission of the Major Cities of Europe Membership". Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Members". Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Statements of Sponsors". Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Public Technology Institute: Nonprofit Partners". Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Vitako – Kooperationen". Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Intelligent Community Formum (ICF)". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  8. ^ "PEP-NET <<Blog Archive>> ICT and local Government Transformation in Europe". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Major Cities of Europe Conference: Prato 23 – 25 of May – Municipality of Prato". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Conferences". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  11. ^ "07/06/2012 SPOCS presented at MAJOR CITIES OF EUROPE CONFERENCE 2012 (June 4th to June 6th 2012, Vienna)". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  12. ^ "Europe's Newsroom – ICT – Driving the City of tomorrow?". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Conference 2012 Presentations". Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Conference in Ljubljana". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  15. ^ "Conference 2013 Presentations". Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Conference in Zurich". Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Conference 2014 Presentations". Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Conference in Hamburg 2015". Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  19. ^ "2015 Conference Program" (PDF). Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  20. ^ "Conference 2015 Presentations". Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  21. ^ "Conference in Florence 2016". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Major Cities of Europe Conference (May 2016), Florence Italy - Conference". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  23. ^ "2016 Conference Program" (PDF). Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  24. ^ "Conference 2016 Presentations". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  25. ^ "Conference in Florence 2017". Retrieved 24 January 2017.</ref
  26. ^ "Workshops". Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  27. ^ "Fupol". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  28. ^ "Research Project Announced | Easy Connects". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  29. ^ "Smart Cities on European Local Government Conference | Smart Cities". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  30. ^ "Newsletter". Retrieved 26 October 2013.

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