“Comparative Study of Smart Cities in Europe and China”

| June 10, 2014

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This White Paper and the related “Comparative Study of Smart Cities in Europe and China” was
commissioned by the EU-China Policy Dialogues Support Facility II (PDSF) on behalf of the Ministry
of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT) and DG Communications Networks, Content
& Technology (CNECT). The Chinese expert team was led by Dr Kang Yanrong of the China
Academy of Telecommunications Research (CATR) under MIIT. The European expert team was led
by Jeanette Whyte of Jenesis Consulting. The authors would like to express their gratitude to all those
who supported and facilitated the work on these documents, in particular:

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