Flemish minister for Public Governance Liesbeth Homans (N-VA), responsible for Urban Policy, launches the Smart Flanders program. This program will support the 13 central cities and the Flemish Community Commission in Brussels (VGC) in their development into smart cities. To make this possible, a project grant of 1.000.000 euros will be awarded to imec, the world’s leading research and innovation center in the field of nanoelectronics and digital technology. The program will run until the end of 2019. “Smart cities are cities that use open data and the latest solutions in IT to tackle problems like congestion and parking issues, improve air quality, digitally inform their citizens, etc.”, says Minister Homans.