innovation

“Innovation is not just about product development: it is about how our society changes and improves” Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

‘Innovation’ describes the process of producing and putting into place something new, be it a product or process. An innovation is therefore the end output of the process of innovation.

Often, economic growth is the main incentive for innovation. Innovative societies are also developing solutions to challenges such as climate change and tackling inequalities. 

Cities and their partners facilitate technological, market-based innovation, as well as leading the ‘public’ and ‘social’ innovation that is key to Europe’s global competitiveness. Cities provide the critical mass of markets, consumers and businesses to serve as laboratories of growth and innovation.

Municipal administrations are both innovators and supporters of innovation. On the one hand, their infrastructure and services - business incubators, research and development clusters, adult learning, or local partnerships - are conducive to innovation. Similarly, they are able to drive forward innovation by exercising their powers, for example, though stringent urban planning policies that ensure new approaches to housing, or procurement calls that favour new approaches to product design.

On the other hand, city administrations are innovators themselves. They adapt their work and services to respond to changing circumstances. By drawing on local intelligence, cities can develop entirely new solutions to challenges, such as healthcare or transport congestion.

We believe that cities should be placed at the heart of the EU’s Innovation Union and the accompanying ‘innovation partnerships’, and be well-placed to participate in key programmes such as Horizon2020.

  •  mobility

Final report: Pilot project study on innovative ways of sustainably financing public transport

Report on possible sustainable financing of UPT-specific infrastructures in Europe

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publication date: 04-06-2018

  •  environment

Workshop 'The road to Urban Bio-economy: Barriers and Solutions to Closing the Loops of Bio-Resources', 28 May 2018, Brussels: all material available

On 28 May, EUROCITIES, together with the City of Oslo, the European Compost Network, Municipal Waste Europe and the Urban Agenda for the EU jointly organised a workshop in Brussels, at Norway House on the topic: 'The road to Urban Bio-economy: Barriers and Solutions to Closing the Loops of Bio-Resources'.

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publication date: 04-06-2018

  •  knowledge society

25 Years of Working with Cities on ICT

The internet has such a grip on everyday life that it is hard to imagine, or recall, a world without it. As recently as 2001, many established businesses were still wondering if it was worthwhile having a presence online.

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publication date: 01-06-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

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publication date: 01-06-2018

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

  •  economy

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publication date: 30-05-2018

European Commission conference: "Creating value together. Towards joint business opportunities with social economy and traditional enterprises" - 3-4 July 2018, Brussels

This conference is organised on behalf of the European Commission by a Technopolis Group lead consortium in the context of the study “Cooperation between social economy enterprises and traditional enterprises”, commissioned by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission.

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start date: 03-07-2018
end date: 04-07-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Commission event to support large cities developing innovative and strategic procurement

EUROCITIES helped Commission DG Grow to organise an event for 'Big public buyers', which will take place on 6-7 June in Brussels. This initiative aims to support public buyers to scale up innovation, organise joint statement of demands, learning together on innovation procurement, joint cross border procurement, and strategic procurement, in particular to contribute to the Commission's update of the guide 'Buying social'.

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publication date: 29-05-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

One month left to be the next European Capital of Smart Tourism

Cities have just one month left to apply for a range of honours in smart tourism.

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publication date: 28-05-2018

  •  economy

EU trade city award - shortlisted cities officially announced

The shortlisted cities for the EU cities for fair and ethical trade award have been officially announced.

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publication date: 25-05-2018