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.

  •  mobility

Highlights from the Mobility Forum in Karlsruhe (13-15 March 2019) Focus on decarbonisation

“Cities are often the frontrunners in the implementation of sustainable mobility measures, acting as a driving force for higher climate ambition at national and EU level.” Mark Major, SLoCaT.

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publication date: 19-03-2019

New EUROCITIES report: Cities delivering social rights

Coinciding with the launch of the city pledges at the European Parliament on 21 February, EUROCITIES also launched a new report mapping cities’ policy measures in line with the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The report covers 20 cities in 12 countries governing a total of 20 million people.

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publication date: 15-03-2019

Social Affairs Forum updates for November 2018 - March 2019

This document presents an overview of EU key policy and funding updates relevant to social affairs for the period November 2018 - March 2019.

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publication date: 15-03-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Athens reinventing the Agora

Athens has faced the challenges inherited from its crisis years – unemployment, brain drain – with creativity and ambition by investing in a bottom-up and collaborative methodology in cultural sectors. The challenges brought by the crisis also sparked new initiatives from citizens and the need for a more effective approach in municipal governance.

case study

publication date: 14-03-2019

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publication date: 08-03-2019

Join our study visit to the education authorities in Barcelona on 24-26 April

EUROCITIES is organising a study visit to Barcelona on 24-26 April in the framework of its Working Group inclusion through education.

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publication date: 08-03-2019

  •  cooperation

WG creative citizenship met in Ostend

To have meaningful citizen’s participation and co-creation of local policies, chose to engage with conflict, “cherish your angry citizens” said professor Wouter Van Dooren in a public lecture in Ostend last week, in front of our WG creative citizenship.

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publication date: 06-03-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  knowledge society

Europe's digital agenda for the future: Amsterdam makes three recommendations

In its citizens' consultation, Amsterdam chose to ask citizens questions about privacy and digital security, the value of their data, digitalisation and accessibility.

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publication date: 01-03-2019

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

European Capital of Innovation Awards 2019 – The race is on!

The 5th edition of the European Capital of Innovation Awards will recognise European cities that have built the most dynamic and open innovation ecosystems.

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publication date: 28-02-2019

Register NOW for the WG Smart Social Inclusion meeting - 27 March, Glasgow

We are pleased to invite you to join the meeting of WG Smart Social Inclusion on 27 March in Glasgow.

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publication date: 28-02-2019