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.

Lille Metropole’s innovative way to tackle long-term unemployment is to create jobs

Lille Metropole is experimenting an innovative way to tackle long term unemployment, following a call from the French government to launch such pilots in local communities with long-term unemployment ('Territoires zéro chômeur de longue durée').

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publication date: 09-04-2018

  •  mobility

Connective Cities Dialogue Event - 7-9 May in Bonn

The city of Bonn together with the international exchange platform Connective Cities invites municipal practitioners to the Dialogue Event 'Inclusive cities: towards an urban and social development for all', to be held in Bonn on 7-9 May 2018.

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start date: 07-05-2018
end date: 09-05-2018

EUROCITIES members win ESPON support for targeted analysis

EUROCITIES members are stepping up their work on urban ageing, learning from one another how to best address the demographic challenge their cities is facing.

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publication date: 06-04-2018

  •  economy

EU Prize for Women Innovators 2018

Twelve finalists are in the running to win the title of most innovative women entrepreneur.

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publication date: 05-04-2018

  •  mobility

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start date: 02-05-2018
end date: 03-05-2018

  •  cooperation

Unleashing the urban psyche

The second of EUROCITIES ‘Imagine the urban future’ events will take place on 25 April with special guests Charles Landry and Chris Murray. In cooperation with CEMR and the European Parliament Urban Intergroup, this event is part of our work on the future of cities and of our network. It is another occasion to discuss cities’ future challenges and how we can respond to them.

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publication date: 04-04-2018

  •  economy
  •  environment

Get ready! INTERREG Europe opens 4th call for proposals 7 May

The call is open from 7 May until 22 June. It is targeted at public authorities and non-profits, and must address on. Apply online!

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publication date: 29-03-2018

  •  economy

Highlights of our economic development forum: ‘people, firms, places’

On 26-28 March, our economic development forum (EDF) met in Braga Portugal to discuss the role of cities in the knowledge economy. 100 participants from over 45 cities, including 11 elected city politicians, shared expertise during these three days on smart and inclusive growth, investments and translating Sustainable Development Goals into local actions; focusing on SDG 8 ‘decent work and economic growth’ and SDG 9 ‘industry, innovation and infrastructure’.

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publication date: 29-03-2018

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publication date: 28-03-2018

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

What future for cities?

The second session of our Brussels-based series ‘Imagine the Urban Future’ will take place on 25 April, and we have some impressive speakers lined up:

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publication date: 28-03-2018