Kongress Digitale Städte – Digitale Regionen

Online Workshop

Digital Sovereignty in Europe

28 September 2022
1.00 pm - 2.30 pm


In the digital age cities and regions are being transformed into new types of digitized living spaces. This process must be designed with and for citizens, and be aligned with European values and rights. Digital technologies and data are not just abstract topics, they are important tools for designing these new processes and goals.

How can data and digital technologies be used so that they contribute to strengthening democracy and lead to new forms of civic participation? How should the newly emerging data and digital world be designed in order to strengthen the control citizens have and to develop democracy as a way of life and culture in a contemporary manner? We will get to know and discuss approaches and aspects from different cities and regions in this workshop.

Chair: Dr Mohammad Gharesifard, EUROCITIES


1.00 - 1.15 pm


Dr Mohammad Gharesifard



1.15 - 1.30 pm

Why regions matter in the Digital Decade

Eddy Hartog



1.30 - 1.45 pm

Data sovereignty and democracy in Digital Cities

Francesca Bria

Italian National Innovation Fund


1.45 - 2.00 pm

New Riga Digital Agency for better innovative, high-quality and secure ICT services

Edgars Klētnieks

Riga City Digital Agency



2.00 - 2.30 pm  


Creating a democratic and green digitalized world  

Francesca Bria, Italian National Innovation Fund


Edgars Klētnieks, Riga City Digital Agency

Jarmo Soumisto, City of Helsinki



Dr Mohammad Gharesifard, EUROCITIES

Your meeting point for the Smart City community!

This workshop is part of the congress "Digitale Städte – Digitale Regionen“ (Digital Cities - Digital Regions) which is hosted by the Hessian Minister for Digital Strategy and Innovation, Germany. The congress is the leading event of the State of Hessen, Germany, for digitization in municipalities and regions.

It offers actors from politics and administration, business, science and society a forum to obtain information about the topics "smart city" and "smart region" and to network. 

“How can the municipality be developed in a smart way?” This is the challenge facing all municipalities and local societies. We are bringing solution designers and providers together - whether you come from a municipality, from science, from companies or start-ups, from initiatives, clubs or associations.

On this page you will successively find more information about our international workshop 2022.

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