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. 

Save the date for our autumn Social Affairs Forum in Warsaw

Our Social Affairs Forum will meet in Warsaw on 22-24 October to discuss how to ensure social inclusion and well-being for all ages in view of building inclusive cities for all people.


publication date: 08-05-2019

  •  cooperation

Our ‘Inclusive Cities for All’ initiative continues – Join NOW with your city pledge!

This February, EUROCITIES launched a new initiative 'Inclusive cities for all: Social rights in my city' and we announced the first 21 city pledges at a high-level political event at the European Parliament. The pledges bring a total investment of over €4.32 billion from cities over the next 5 years to fight poverty and social exclusion by delivering the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights at local level.


publication date: 07-05-2019


publication date: 06-05-2019

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

EUROCITIES city leaders agenda for Europe

EUROCITIES ‘city leaders agenda for Europe’ is a wake up call for those who care about Europe. We believe that urban and European challenges are strongly connected, and that there is a need for a deeper partnership between different levels of government to meet common challenges.


publication date: 02-05-2019

European Solidarity Corps: what is in it for cities?

Is your city working on migrant integration, fighting poverty or other ambitious project with a strong solidarity component? Would you need extra helping hands to realise your project? Would you be willing to employ and train young people from a different European country to help you? Then, look no further and get involved in the European Solidarity Corps initiative!


publication date: 30-04-2019

15 cities learn from Toulouse how to support Roma to access adequate housing

How can cities support Roma to move out of camps into adequate housing? This is what 35 local policy-makers and practitioners on homelessness and Roma inclusion from 15 European cities addressed during a policy transfer study visit to Toulouse. Representatives from the Council of Europe and the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights also took part in the meeting.


publication date: 19-04-2019

  •  cooperation

Bologna is 22nd city to sign pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights

Bologna became the 22nd city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. Mayor Virginio Merola signed a strong commitment to principle 2 on gender equality and principle 19 on housing.


publication date: 16-04-2019

  •  knowledge society

EUROCITIES principles on citizen data: 10 data principles for the common good

Where does our data go? How can citizens take back some control over what will become one of the most valuable resources of our society?


publication date: 05-04-2019

Key takeaways from our first-ever EUROCITIES Social Innovation Lab

The first-ever Social Innovation Lab of EUROCITIES took place on 25-27 March 2019 in Glasgow. Over 120 city politicians, officers and change makers (social enterprises and foundations) from over 50 cities in Europe joined forces to pilot a new way of working for ‘Making Inclusive Cities through Social Innovation’.


publication date: 02-04-2019

Open Access Government: A social challenge for Europe

Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES explains why the fight against poverty and social exclusion is a social challenge for Europe


publication date: 28-03-2019