social innovation

Our work around social innovaton focuses on understanding how to foster innovation, evaluate and implement innovative pilot projects. 

Local governments are required to adapt and innovate their services to respond to new and emerging challenges. Social innovation can mean new ways of formulating policies, new organisational models, new legal frameworks, new partnerships and so on.

Cities are best-placed to build the kind of creative, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural thinking needed for a socially cohesive Europe. Local authorities and NGOs working in communities notice social problems as they occur. This gives them a clearer insight and perspective far in advance of national governments or EU institutions. It means they are in a good position to react to these problems and develop innovative and effective solutions to them. This innovation is closely linked to the principle of subsidiarity: giving the people nearest the problem the capacity to resolve them.

Our social affairs forum and our nine Cities for Active Inclusion partners showcase and promote social innovation by exploring creative policies and projects. Members can share their ideas, learn from others and cooperate on joint commitments and action plans. 

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New Austrian presidency of the European Union announces policy priorities

The Austrian presidency of the council of the European Union, which started on 1 July 2018, has identified three main fields of action to help tackle the legitimacy crisis that the European Union is facing among citizens.

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publication date: 13-07-2018

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  •  economy

A Europe closer to citizens? The Urban and territorial dimension of cohesion policy post-2020

The European Parliament’s urban intergroup, together with CEMR and EUROCITIES invites you to the event ‘A Europe closer to citizens? The urban and territorial dimension of cohesion policy post-2020’ on 4 September 2018, 10.30-12.30 at the European Parliament.

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start date: 04-09-2018
end date: 04-09-2018

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  •  culture

WG Creative Citizenship - Nantes 1/3 October 2018

The next meeting of the EUROCITIES working group Creative Citizenship will take place in Nantes on 1-3 October 2018

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start date: 01-10-2018
end date: 03-10-2018

Timisoara welcomes critical friendly review from peer cities on their Roma inclusion action plan

From 12 to 14 June, a delegation of cities from EUROCITIES visited Timisoara to offer peer support to further improve the host city’s action plan for Roma inclusion.

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publication date: 10-07-2018

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2018 URBACT City Festival: new cities welcomed!

Europe’s cities are invited to come to Lisbon on 13-14 September 2018 for the 2018 edition of the URBACT City Festival. Registrations extended for new cities until 15 July.

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publication date: 06-07-2018

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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

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Participate in mayors’ debate at Stavanger Nordic Edge

Mayors committed to engaging and empowering their citizens are invited lay out their vision by participating in a themed debate at Stavanger Nordic Edge on 24 September.

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start date: 24-09-2018
end date: 24-09-2018

EUROCITIES forum leaflet 2018 - social affairs

A leaflet featuring the activities of EUROCITIES social affairs forum

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publication date: 07-06-2018

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Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens: call for citizens to have their say

This campaign, launched last month, wants people to help change the way politics is done in Europe by coming up with ideas for a better future and completing this sentence: 'My Europe in 2030 will be .....'

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publication date: 06-06-2018

Policy Dialogue: Bridging the investment gap in social care and infrastructure. What role for the post-2020 EU budget?

The European Policy Centre and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are organising a policy dialogue to discuss the investment gap in social care and infrastructure and the role of the post-2020 EU budget in addressing this gap.

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start date: 19-06-2018
end date: 19-06-2018