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. 

Barcelona a city for all times of life: a new strategy for demographic change and ageing 2018-2030

Addressing the demographic change and the ageing process, Barcelona has adopted the strategy for ‘A city for all times of life 2018-2030’. The strategic planning process was based on the analysis of the current reality and a demographic forecast, considering short and long-term measures to deliver results. The strategy focuses on the demographics and the changes that the population is facing, on the strategic objectives and values and on the services provided by the city.

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publication date: 12-11-2018

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publication date: 08-11-2018

Stuttgart's way of integrating migrants and refugees

At the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart on 23-24 October 2018, Stuttgart presented its model for integrating refugees. The focus is on a holistic approach based on integration of services made accessible and available to refugees while catering for their individual needs for integration in the city.

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publication date: 31-10-2018

Stuttgart is the second city to sign pledge to turn principles of the EU Pillar of Social Rights into action

At the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum, held in Stuttgart on 23-24 October 2018, Stuttgart became the second city to commit to turn the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights into concrete actions at local level. Stuttgart will invest €3 million a year to meet principle 17 on the inclusion of people with disabilities.

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publication date: 30-10-2018

Cities at the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart issue recommendations for a more socially sustainable Europe

The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met in Stuttgart on 23-24 October 2018 to focus on the theme of 'Together for Socially Sustainable Cities: Anchoring the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve Social Rights for All'.

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publication date: 26-10-2018

Five ways to a more social Europe

City politicians and experts from over 50 major European cities have called on the EU to strengthen commitments for a more social Europe.

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publication date: 24-10-2018

Recommendations for a more socially sustainable Europe

The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met on 23-24 October 2018 in Stuttgart to discuss ‘Anchoring the Sustainable Development Goals to achieve Social Rights for All’. Over 120 participants from 40 major European cities agreed to make cities socially sustainable for the future by linking the EU Pillar of Social Rights, the SDGs and the Urban Agenda for the EU. The participating cities propose 10 recommendations to achieve a more socially sustainable Europe in 2019-2024.

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publication date: 24-10-2018

  •  cooperation

EUROCITIES Statement on ESF+

The European Social Fund (ESF) is a major source of funding for cities. It supports city measures for social inclusion, labour market integration, vocational training and skills development.

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publication date: 18-10-2018

Handbook for Critical Friend Review

The EUROCITIES Working Group on Social Inclusion through Education has been using the critical friend review methodology to guide its study visits and peer reviews for several years. Based on the experience gained over the years, the working group has developed a handbook for the critical friend review.

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publication date: 09-10-2018

Making social rights a reality: the commitment of cities to deliver on European Pillar for Social Rights

Despite the European Union’s economic growth, EU is facing raising social challenges. Beside the income inequalities, new forms of inequalities are emerging as a result of technological change and ageing society. The European Pillar for Social Rights (EPSR), which was the result of the call for action made by the European Parliament, aims at better fulfilling and implementing the social rights of Europeans. EUROCITIES is launching the online campaign ‘Inclusive cities for all: Social...

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publication date: 02-10-2018