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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Turin citizens panel makes three recommendations on technology

As part of our Cities4Europe campaign, Turin's citizens' consultation discussed the role of technology in the socio-economic and cultural development of Europe.

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publication date: 04-03-2019

Register NOW for the WG Smart Social Inclusion meeting - 27 March, Glasgow

We are pleased to invite you to join the meeting of WG Smart Social Inclusion on 27 March in Glasgow.

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publication date: 28-02-2019

WG Smart Social Inclusion - 27 March, Glasgow

We are pleased to invite you to join our next meeting of the Working Group Smart Social Inclusion on 27 March in Glasgow.

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start date: 27-03-2019
end date: 27-03-2019

EUROCITIES launches new initiative of city pledges at the European Parliament

21 cities, representing more than 20 million citizens have presented their pledges to act on the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights through dedicated investments for city measures. In total, the 21 cities pledge to invest €4.32 billion to fight poverty and social exclusion over the next 5 years.

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publication date: 22-02-2019

Lyon pledges to support employment, gender equality and social inclusion

Lyon metropole ('Grand Lyon') is the 21st city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 18-02-2019

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Terrassa citizens' panel agrees recommendations on social rights

As part of our Cities4Europe campaign, Terrassa organised a citizens' consultation to develop recommendations, on social rights relating to housing and work, education and migration and governance and participation, which will be sent to the European Commission.

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publication date: 18-02-2019

Tune in to view LIVE our event at the European Parliament on 21 February 2019

Do not miss out on the launch of our new EUROCITIES initiative ‘Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City’ in the European Parliament on 21 February from 10.00 - 12.30.

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publication date: 18-02-2019

Utrecht signs a strong pledge to combat and prevent homelessness

Today, Utrecht became the 20th city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Deputy Mayor for Social Affairs, Maarten van Ooijen, who is also our vice-chair of the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum, signed a strong commitment to principle 19 on housing and assistance for the homeless. 

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publication date: 15-02-2019

Utrecht signs a strong pledge to combat and prevent homelessness

Today, Utrecht became the 20th city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Deputy Mayor for Social Affairs, Maarten van Ooijen, who is also our vice-chair of the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum, signed a strong commitment to principle 19 on housing and assistance for the homeless. 

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publication date: 15-02-2019