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Sofia Joins PolicyCLOUD – an EC Project on Using European Cloud Infrastructure for Public Administration



Sofia Municipality will be among the participants of the European Commission’s “870675 PolicyCLOUD – Policy management through technologies across the complete data lifecycle on cloud environments” project with the topic: “Pilot on using the European cloud infrastructure for public administrations” under the Horizon 2020 Programme.

The project implementation term is 36 months, during which Sofia will work in a network with 15 other partners from nine European countries. PolicyCLOUD is already underway and an inaugural meeting with all participants in the programme took place in Madrid on January 21.


The main objective of the PolicyCloud project is to create a cloud-based tool for effective modelling, testing and management of policies through data analysis and visualization. Various pilot projects have been included in the program activities, including in Sofia.

The implementation of the project activities will be supported by free access to the existing European cloud-based IT infrastructure for collection, comprehensive processing and analysis of data. Latest ICT tools will be used for big data, data mining and predictive analytics in urban management topics, such as: waste management and garbage collection; hygiene; road infrastructure; street lighting; traffic signalisation; parking; ecology, green systems; children’s playgrounds; disruption of public order and others.

By participating in the project, Sofia Municipality will be able to simulate, test and analyse potential policies using different categories and types of data. This will help the municipal administration to improve the management, implementation and transparency of local policies by using the latest technologies.

In addition to Sofia, the project consortium numbers 15 more partners, including Atos (Spain) – coordinator, IBM Research (Israel), London Borough of Camden (United Kingdom), Socieadad Aragonesa de Gestion Agroambiental (Spain), Instituto Technologico de Aragon (Spain), EGI (Netherlands), Singular Logic (Cyprus), Greek Research and Technology Network (Greece), Maggioli (Italy), LeanXcale (Spain), Ubitech (Cyprus) and others.


Interviews with the participants on how PolicyCloud ⁦adds value to local and European policymaking.


Latest news on data-based public policies, as well as up-to-date information on the implementation of the programme and the activities of the associated participants will be published on the project’s website: