The economic and digital transition in cities and communities is a top priority for the European Union. This focus is underpinned by policy and innovation initiatives such as the Urban Agenda for the EU and EIP-SCC, and supported by bottom-up efforts represented by the communities at the CoR, EUROCITIES and OASC. What role does local political leadership play in achieving the targets? How do cities and communities effectively support the economic and digital transition? This high-level workshop will focus on urgent issues, share best practices and drive EU policies catalysing and enabling implementation in regions and cities.