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Addressing the conference "Smart Cities 2016 - The future begins now" in Zagreb on Thursday, the head of the Association of Cities, Zeljko Turk, said that many Croatian cities were using smart solutions to resolve traffic problems and lack of parking facilities, as well as for public lighting, waste management, etc.

Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds Tomislav Tolusic said that smart solutions required smart city administration.

Around 70% of the population in the European Union live in cities where two-thirds of public investments in the EU are made, it was said.

Recalling that in the 2014-2020 budget period Croatia has 10.7 billion euro at its disposal from European structural and investment funds, Minister Tolusic announced a pilot project for the second half of the year to integrate investments in seven Croatian cities: Zagreb, Rijeka, Split, Osijek, Slavonski Brod, Zadar and Pula, adding that 345 million euro had been secured for the project.

Cities have to be the leaders of the country's development, he said.

Participants in the conference - mayors and other stakeholders interested in developing smart cities - were informed about current trends in smart cities and international standards.

Renato Gherghinescu of Smart City Wien Agentur presented the way Vienna has managed to become an example of the best "smart city."

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