“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.

  •  economy

Braga is 5th city to pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights

Today, Braga became the 5th city to sign a pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Braga's Mayor, Ricardo Rio, signed a strong commitment to principle 18 on long-term care.


publication date: 09-01-2019

Social Affairs Forum meeting - 22-24 October, Warsaw

Save the Date for our autumn Social Affairs Forum meeting that will take place on 22-24 October 2019 in Warsaw. The forum’s theme is: ‘Inclusive Cities for All: How to ensure social inclusion and well-being for all ages?’


start date: 22-10-2019
end date: 24-10-2019

Webinar on active involvement of citizens for energy saving

The Sharing Cities programme will host a webinar on the Digital Social Market (DSM) in Lisbon, an online engagement platform on Thursday 17 January 2019, 15:00-16:00 (CET, Brussels time).


start date: 17-01-2019
end date: 17-01-2019

New EUROCITIES report on Roma inclusion at local level

EUROCITIES published a report with findings and lessons from the study visit it organised to Timisoara on 12-14 June 2018. This activity is part of the EUROCITIES mutual learning programme for cities working on Roma inclusion at local level, which receives funding support from the European programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSi) under the strategic partnership with the European Commission DG EMPL.


publication date: 02-01-2019

Policy transfer study visit to Toulouse: How can cities support Roma to move from camps into adequate housing?

EUROCITIES is organising a study visit to Toulouse on 9-10 April to support policy transfer of promising city measures for Roma access to adequate housing.


publication date: 02-01-2019

WG Roma inclusion policy transfer on Roma access to adequate housing - 9-10 April, Toulouse

Save the date for our spring meeting of WG Roma inclusion that will take place on 9-10 April in Toulouse on the theme 'How can cities support Roma to move from camps into adequate housing?'


start date: 09-04-2019
end date: 10-04-2019

  •  environment

Be part of the best European energy projects at EU Sustainable Energy Week Awards

© European Union, 2018. LIFE projects tackling energy issues can now compete for the next EU Sustainable Energy Week Awards.


publication date: 21-12-2018

Gothenburg is 3rd city to sign pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights

On 12 December, Gothenburg became the 3rd city after Madrid and Stuttgart to sign a pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights. Deputy Mayor Marina Johansson and the Vice-Chair of the Political Committee on Social Welfare, Kristina Bergman Alme signed a strong commitment to principle 1 ‘education, training and lifelong learning’.


publication date: 19-12-2018