Intertraffic presents the first of a three-part look at the main funding sources for smart cities in the Benelux region.
Benelux, or to give it its full name, the Benelux Union, is a politico-economic and international intergovernmental cooperation of three neighbouring states in Western Europe – as the name suggests it consists of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. However, the term ‘Benelux’ is used more commonly to refer to the geographic, economic and cultural grouping of the three countries and has been in general usage since 1944. In EU terms though, particularly in funding terms, the three Benelux nations, be it individually or collectively, have been the recipients of not insignificant sustainable smart city funding programs over the last decade or so. Looking at the remaining four years of the 2021-2027 funding stream it’s clear that trend is going to continue.