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.

  •  economy

Economic Development Forum in Munich, 16-18 October

Creative Cities: How urban transformation and innovation strategies stimulate creativity and entrepreneurship?

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start date: 16-10-2019
end date: 18-10-2019

  •  economy

Business strategy for the Gothenburg region receives European Award

Business Region Göteborg has this year received the 'European Entrepreneurial Region Award 2020' (EER Award 2020). “We are so delighted and proud of the award! It is a confirmation of the progress made by the business strategy programme being run by Business Region Göteborg,” says Pia Areblad, head of Industry and Commerce Strategic Development Programme Business Region Gothenburg.

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publication date: 28-06-2019

  •  culture

Join RICC event on regional ecosystems and strategies for innovation and sustainability models of CCIs in Europe

The conference 'Orange economy shades' is organised by the Regional Initiative for Culture and Creativity (RICC) in collaboration with the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, EURADA and ERRIN networks. The aim is to look at the state of play and the future of cultural and creative industries in Europe.

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start date: 24-06-2019
end date: 24-06-2019

  •  environment
  •  mobility

Clone Cologne – CIVITAS study visit success story

Learning how Cologne (Germany) is fighting its air quality issues and moving towards decarbonisation was at the core of a recent CIVITAS study visit to the city.

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publication date: 07-06-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

news

publication date: 06-06-2019

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

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start date: 24-09-2019
end date: 26-09-2019

  •  economy
  •  environment

Available for streaming: Webinar of the EUROCITIES task-force on the localisation of Sustainable Development Goals (13 May)

We are happy to share with you the recording and the material of the first webinar of the EUROCITIES task-force on the localisation of Sustainable Development Goal. The meeting took place last May 13.

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publication date: 15-05-2019

  •  knowledge society

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start date: 30-07-2019
end date: 30-07-2019

  •  knowledge society

event

start date: 04-06-2019
end date: 06-06-2019