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.

  •  economy
  •  environment

A Guide to the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts

In May 2018 the Eurostat and the European Investment Bank (EIB) published ‘A Guide to the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts’.

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publication date: 17-07-2018

  •  environment

ChangeNOW Summit – Be part of the Mayors Delegation 28 September 2018, Paris

You have until 10 September to join the Covenant of Mayors delegation to the ChangeNOW International Summit for change in Paris. Apply today and meet with city leaders, inspiring innovators & demonstrate your city is fit for tackling sustainability challenges

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publication date: 06-07-2018

  •  mobility

ELENA: supporting the deployment of sustainable and innovative urban mobility

Four of EUROCITIES member’s cities are currently benefitting from ELENA (European Local Energy Assistance) facility.

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publication date: 04-07-2018

  •  environment

Be part of the Mayors delegation to the ChangeNOW International Summit for Change

Local politicians of the Covenant of Mayors Community are invited to join the Mayors’ delegation to the ChangeNOW International Summit for Change taking place in Paris on 28 September 2018.

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start date: 28-09-2018
end date: 28-09-2018

  •  knowledge society

Energy Horizon 2020 - Info Day

The Horizon Energy info day will take place on Friday 5 October in Brussels, in the Charlemagne building. It will present the upcoming funding opportunities offered by the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme to projects focusing on smart energy systems and smart cities and communities concepts.

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start date: 05-10-2018
end date: 05-10-2018

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

European Innovation Scoreboard 2018

On 22 June, the European Commission published the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) 2018, the 2018 edition of the annual document that shows a comparative assessment of innovation performance and research in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbours.

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publication date: 02-07-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment

Ghent named EU fair and ethical trade capital

The city of Ghent has won the first-ever fair and ethical trade award which celebrates cities' achievements and impact in the areas of social and environmental sustainability in international trade.

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publication date: 28-06-2018

  •  environment

Join the 2018 Climathon and find groundbreaking solutions to your climate and energy challenges on 26 October 2018

The Climathon is a 24-hour hackathon taking place on 26 October 2018 simultaneously in major cities around the world. The European Covenant of Mayors, partnering with the event, invites all the municipalities of the Covenant community to join this global movement dedicated to solving the toughest climate challenges cities face today.

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start date: 26-10-2018
end date: 26-10-2018

Publication and video production services needed

We are looking for companies to deliver the outputs (publications and video production) of the EUROCITIES annual work plan for employment and social inclusion, financed under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) 2018-2021.

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publication date: 18-06-2018

  •  economy

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start date: 11-07-2018
end date: 13-07-2018