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

City competences and legislative frameworks in the sharing economy

We hosted four roundtable debates on different aspects of the sharing economy during EUROCITIES 2016 Milan on 16-18 November, the first of which focused on 'city competences and legislative frameworks'.

news

publication date: 06-12-2016

EUROCITIES awards 2016: Leeds supports migrants’ strengths

Leeds has won the category for participation at the EUROCITIES awards 2016.

news

publication date: 28-11-2016

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

Anna Lisa Boni: sharing about sharing in Milan

Anna Lisa Boni reflects on a successful conference in Milan on 16-18 November, where EUROCITIES members met to exchange on the impact of the sharing economy in cities.

news

publication date: 25-11-2016

publication

publication date: 24-11-2016

case study

publication date: 24-11-2016

  •  cooperation

EUROCITIES awards 2016: Athens engages citizens in reform

Athens won the category for innovation at the EUROCITIES awards 2016.

news

publication date: 24-11-2016

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

Press release: Impact of the sharing economy in cities

EUROCITIES 2016 Milan on 16-18 November explored the impact of the sharing economy in cities.

publication

publication date: 24-11-2016

  •  cooperation
  •  knowledge society

Cities in action: Athens engages citizens in reform

Athens has seen the value of harnessing the active civil society that has emerged during Greece’s financial and social crisis. Its synAthina social innovation platform is facilitating novel community-led solutions for local problems and a new culture of public policy making.

case study

publication date: 21-11-2016

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

EUROCITIES 2016 Milan on 16-18 November

Our annual conference focuses on the sharing economy and will include a political debate on ‘rethinking Europe’.

news

publication date: 14-11-2016

  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Lessons from our joint knowledge society and mobility forum

We share some of the lessons from our joint knowledge society and mobility forum in Tampere on 17-19 October on the impact of smart city strategies on local governance.

news

publication date: 10-11-2016

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

Sharing about sharing in Milan

Milan is hosting our 2016 annual conference on the theme of 'sharing cities'.

news

publication date: 26-10-2016