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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Building Social Europe - flagship conference

On the occasion of the first anniversary since the proclamation of the European Pillar of social rights, EU, national and local decision makers will gather in Lisbon for a 2-days conference, together with social partners, civil society and academia.

event

start date: 29-11-2018
end date: 30-11-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

City Metric: If Juncker wants a stronger, more united Europe, he should listen to its cities

People are calling on the EU to change, and cities are a good example of how to do that!

publication

publication date: 14-09-2018

  •  environment

European Solidarity Corps: a new unmissable opportunity for cities!

The European Commission has launched a brand new initiative allowing cities and municipalities to involve young European citizens to build a more inclusive and sustainable society. Cities can present project proposals on a wide range of policy areas and receive funding for their implementation.

news

publication date: 03-09-2018

Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart will look into social sustainability and social rights

Do you wish to make your city socially sustainable for the future? Do you want to deliver social rights for all people in your city? Join our autumn Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart on 23-24 October to learn and be inspired on how to achieve these ambitions.

news

publication date: 09-08-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Global Parliament of Mayors annual summit 2018

Bristol will host the 2018 Global Parliament of Mayors' summit: Empowering Cities as Drivers of Change

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start date: 21-10-2018
end date: 23-10-2018

  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

event

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

Call for external evaluator on impacts - Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme

We are looking for an external evaluator to assess the impact of the EUROCITIES mutual learning activities under the Employment and Social Inclusion (EaSI) operating grant 2018.

news

publication date: 18-07-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

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.

news

publication date: 13-07-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  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.

event

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

  •  cooperation
  •  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

event

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