Vratsa is a town, nestled in the north-western corner of Bulgaria. Sitting at the northern foothills of the Balkan Mountains, the city historically served as a trading post for those entering Bulgaria.

To help invigorate the local economy, the Municipality of Vratsa designated Vratsa as a digital hub for the surrounding region. As part of this plan, a technology centre was built, offering classes in IT and programming to equip its citizens with the necessary digital skills for today’s economy.

In a drive to become energy smart, Vratsa also took part in the European Commission’s Intelligent Energy Europe Program between 2015-2017. The project aimed to help citizens accurately monitor and manage their energy consumption. 

For Vratsa, the transition to a smart city is a key element in strengthening their economy, to improve the well-being and the quality of life of the local population. 

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Gelsenkirchen
Gelsenkirchen
Germany
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Castellón de la Plana
Castellón de la Plana
Spain
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Heraklion
Heraklion
Greece
  • Core
Métropole Rouen Normandie
Métropole Rouen Normandie
France
  • Core
Guimarães
Guimarães
Portugal
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Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
Greece
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Corfu
Corfu
Greece
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Idrija
Idrija
Slovenia
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Zagreb
Velika Gorica
Croatia
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Amsterdam
Amsterdam Metropolitan Area
Netherlands
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Gijón
Gijón
Spain
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Hamburg
Hamburg
Germany