innovation

“Innovation is not just about product development: it is about how our society changes and improves” Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

‘Innovation’ describes the process of producing and putting into place something new, be it a product or process. An innovation is therefore the end output of the process of innovation.

Often, economic growth is the main incentive for innovation. Innovative societies are also developing solutions to challenges such as climate change and tackling inequalities. 

Cities and their partners facilitate technological, market-based innovation, as well as leading the ‘public’ and ‘social’ innovation that is key to Europe’s global competitiveness. Cities provide the critical mass of markets, consumers and businesses to serve as laboratories of growth and innovation.

Municipal administrations are both innovators and supporters of innovation. On the one hand, their infrastructure and services - business incubators, research and development clusters, adult learning, or local partnerships - are conducive to innovation. Similarly, they are able to drive forward innovation by exercising their powers, for example, though stringent urban planning policies that ensure new approaches to housing, or procurement calls that favour new approaches to product design.

On the other hand, city administrations are innovators themselves. They adapt their work and services to respond to changing circumstances. By drawing on local intelligence, cities can develop entirely new solutions to challenges, such as healthcare or transport congestion.

We believe that cities should be placed at the heart of the EU’s Innovation Union and the accompanying ‘innovation partnerships’, and be well-placed to participate in key programmes such as Horizon2020.

Cities learn how to support new groups at risk of homelessness in Poznan

How can cities support new groups at risk of homelessness?

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publication date: 10-12-2019

  •  environment

Clean Air Forum: EUROCITIES calls for multi-level cooperation

The chair of the EUROCITIES Environment Forum and deputy mayor of Porto, Filipe Araujo, took part in the second EU Clean Air Forum in Bratislava in November, presenting the views and actions of European cities and stressing the need for multi-level cooperation on air pollution.

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publication date: 05-12-2019

  •  environment

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start date: 30-01-2020
end date: 01-02-2020

  •  economy

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publication date: 19-11-2019

  •  economy

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publication date: 19-11-2019

  •  economy

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start date: 20-11-2019
end date: 19-11-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Webinar: Build and sustain an online community

We live in the communication age, and yet building and sustaining communities online is a big challenge and one that often falls flat.

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start date: 10-12-2019
end date: 10-12-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  environment

Making cities great places to live, work and play - with John Jorritsma, mayor of Eindhoven

The EUROCITIES Annual Conference is just around the corner! We hope you have reserved your spot, but if not - hurry up!

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publication date: 15-11-2019