The cities Thessaloniki (Greece) and Le Havre (France) are on a voyage towards increased citizen participation and digitisation of public administration. Within the framework of the Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC), the local ICC experts of the two port cities were interviewed on how they are navigating the challenging waves of economic recovery while overcoming at the same time the difficulties of the pandemic.
The Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC) is a European Commission initiative bringing together 136 cities to achieve intelligent, socially responsible and sustainable growth through advanced technologies. The two-and-a-half-year programme builds on the previous success of the Digital Cities Challenge, which helped 41 EU cities to develop a strategic vision and roadmap for their digital transformations. In overcoming the difficulties of the pandemic, ICC cities are eager to become engines of economic recovery by creating new business opportunities, advancing sustainable developments and enhancing their cities both digitally and socially.