GINEVRA Project: govern transformative innovations in Central European Cities

Date: 13.09.2023

Digital innovations are influencing urban development, creating direct effects on people’s lives and cities’ evolution. Some of these innovations have already become reality but we are not yet ready to govern them in a correct way.

As a consequence, the GINEVRA (Governance of transformative innovation in Central European cities: the AV case) project aims to support cities to effectively govern transformative innovations such as the Autonomous Vehicles (AV). AV are being tested on public roads and could operate without human supervision in the upcoming years. Their deployment has an impact on territorial issues as varied as mobility, logistics, spatial planning, land use and social services.

In response to these challenges, the GINEVRA project encourages the development of holistic, multi-sectoral governance, using as a case study AV, and implementing a transnational strategy to lead digital transformations.


As identified by the Interreg Central European Programme and the Territorial Agenda 2030, local public authorities must operate multi-level and multi-sectoral governance, planning, designing and implementing innovations. They must build trust and accountability. This is relevant inside regions and for cohesion across borders.


Responsible, multi-level governance of transformative innovation: Learning, Methodology and Planning


To achieve GINEVRA’s objectives, a transnational approach is needed to provide specialised knowledge not available at local or national level.


Work Package 1 is a milestone of the project’s implementation. Its specific purpose is to increase knowledge on all aspects of responsible, multi-level governance of transformative innovation, including the AV case study, and use this to prepare shared guidelines and local work plans for the transnational pilot. This will be done through a framework of collaboration, sharing and knowledge.


Our communication strategy is designed to make multi-level governance a success during all phases and activities of the project. We disseminate results through all GINEVRA communications channels, such as the web and social media. Moreover, Baseline Studies will be provided for the project’s guidelines and Local Pilot Plans.



Target audiences include: local, (sub-)regional, national public authorities, service providers (i.e. transport for AV case study), development agencies, BSO, NGOs/user associations, research bodies.


As valuable deliverables, WP1 includes training courses, baseline studies, guidelines to support tool co-creation (WP2) and the transnational pilot implementation (WP3), several peer reviews and a concrete example on transformative innovations (AV case).


Stay tuned to follow the next steps and to contribute to address the digital revolution of small and medium Central European Cities. Let’s enhance citizens’ lives through international cooperation.