Warsaw, Poland – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX: PHIA) launches an Open Innovation Platform in Central and Eastern Europe with three cities: Warsaw, Cluj-Napoca and Wroclaw. The platform is based on two cooperation frameworks covering Warsaw and Cluj-Napoca jointly and Wroclaw. The parties have formalized the partnerships during the Dutch-Polish Economic Forum organized in Warsaw on June 25, 2014, while the Memorandum of Understanding between Philips and Wroclaw got signed in the presence of Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Polish Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechociński as well as high level government officials from Poland, the Netherlands and Romania.
With Warsaw and Cluj-Napoca Philips signed a letter of intent pledging to co-develop smart and connected initiatives in the area of energy efficiency, connected lighting as well as healthcare and well-being. The objective of the three partners is to attract other cities as well as NGOs and SMEs to the Platform and to leverage the opportunity to increase the funding uptake from European Commission Horizon 2020 Program for R&D and innovation. "Cluj-Napoca is an open city toward innovation and development, as we strongly believe that this is the answer to progress and to achieve a good quality of life and reducing energy consumption. Increasing the quality of life is our main goal for the 2014-2020 period and our local development strategy is focused on attracting every possible mean in order to offer a good quality of life for our inhabitants. This project is one of the ways we believe in changing our community for the future" - Gheoghe Surubaru, Vice Mayor of Cluj-Napoca said.
The declaration of cooperation between Royal Philips and the city of Wroclaw includes the exchange of know-how and best practices on sustainable and connected city development in order to leverage preparations of the City of Wroclaw to become European Culture Capital 2016 and World Games 2017. The cooperation will also support positioning the City of Wroclaw as an international standard-bearer in sustainable and connected city development at the EU level. In addition, this declaration leverages the R&D capacity of both parties by establishing mutual science visits and exchanges between Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+ and Philips Research.
“The partnerships we have concluded with Warsaw, Cluj-Napoca and Wroclaw are a great opportunity to implement in Central and Eastern Europe the concept of the Open Innovation Platform that Philips has established in the Netherlands. Our primary goal is to make it relevant to real local needs, and accessible to all external partners that share our commitment to delivering meaningful innovations and with our sustainable connected LED lighting we will enable a city to consume less energy and provide a safer, more pleasant environment for its citizens,” said Joost Leeflang, Philips CEO for Central and Eastern Europe.