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.

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start date: 25-05-2020
end date: 25-05-2020

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Cities Today: Cities need more support from the EU in light of the coronavirus

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES, shares some thoughts on much needed solidarity at this time, and what cities are already doing to respond both now and for the longer term.

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publication date: 11-05-2020

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Key messages from our city dialogue on mitigating the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in cities

EUROCITIES brought together 120 strategists from 60 European cities across 23 countries in direct dialogue with OECD to discuss the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in cities and how to tackle them.

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publication date: 07-05-2020

Key messages from our city dialogue on social services in the time of coronavirus

EUROCITIES brought together 50 city experts from social services in 35 European cities in direct dialogue with OECD to discuss common challenges related to COVID-19 crisis, exchange on social measures to respond to this crisis and share know-how, good practices and lessons learned so far.

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publication date: 30-04-2020

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Deal on EU budget and Recovery Fund is needed by June or delay will put citizens' safety and cohesion in Europe at risk

Following the video conference of the members of the European Council on 23 April the Cohesion Alliance – an EU-wide alliance calling for a stronger cohesion policy after 2020 – calls for cohesion policy to remain a priority amid talks about the Covid-19 recovery strategy taking regions and cities needs and experience on board.

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publication date: 27-04-2020

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#EUvsVirus pan-European hackathon

Hackathon organised by the European Commission to combat COVID-19

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start date: 24-04-2020
end date: 26-04-2020

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COVID-19: Cities call for European solidarity

Mayors of big cities across Europe call for cross-border solidarity during the corona crisis. In a joint statement of the network EUROCITIES, they urge strong collaboration between all levels of government.

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publication date: 01-04-2020

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European cities respond to the coronavirus crisis

In the Turkish city of Pendik, police go shopping for the elderly who have to stay at home. London has reserved 300 hotel rooms for homeless people to help them self-isolate, to protect themselves and others against infection. And Barcelona makes advance payments for artists whose shows have been postponed.

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publication date: 24-03-2020

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Apply now for EU grants on social innovation

The European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) is an initiative designed to have significant impact on some of Europe’s most pressing social challenges. The objective of the ESCF is to bring together public and private resources to improve social services to enable people who need support to live as valued and participating members of their communities.

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publication date: 23-03-2020

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start date: 23-03-2020
end date: 23-03-2020