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.

  •  knowledge society

news

publication date: 24-01-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  mobility

Road Safety strategies and action plans in the EU - DG MOVE Newsletter (January)

The existence of a national road safety strategy is a clear indicator that the issue is high on the political agenda. A well-crafted plan is a tool for authorities to identify the most relevant road safety actions, to focus their work efficiently and to assign the necessary resources. It also facilitates accountability and transparency, and helps to communicate road safety priorities to citizens.

news

publication date: 19-01-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  mobility

Road Safety strategies and action plans in the EU - DG MOVE Newsletter (January)

The existence of a national road safety strategy is a clear indicator that the issue is high on the political agenda. A well-crafted plan is a tool for authorities to identify the most relevant road safety actions, to focus their work efficiently and to assign the necessary resources. It also facilitates accountability and transparency, and helps to communicate road safety priorities to citizens.

news

publication date: 19-01-2018

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

publication

publication date: 18-01-2018

  •  knowledge society

New video showcases GDC signatory cities at Barcelona Smart City Expo 2017

Bordeaux, Barcelona, Ghent, Nantes, Tampere, Valencia... meet the GDC signatory cities that were present at Europe's largest smart city fair!

news

publication date: 16-01-2018

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

news

publication date: 12-01-2018

  •  economy

From Sharing to Sharing Economy: The World Economic Forum’s report on collaboration practices in cities

Four EUROCITIES member cities are featured in a new report that examines how cities can leverage the potential of the sharing economy in use of municipal goods, spaces, and civic assets such as the talents and skills of city residents.

news

publication date: 11-01-2018

  •  knowledge society

event

start date: 23-01-2018
end date: 23-01-2018

  •  cooperation

ESOF 2018, Toulouse - Sharing Science: towards new horizons

Created in 2004 by EuroScience, ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe and is a unique place to debate on science and innovation and their relations with society. After Stockholm, Munich, Barcelona, Torino, Dublin, Copenhagen and Manchester, Toulouse will host ESOF for its 8th edition under the motto “Sharing Science: towards new horizons” and will become the “European City of Science 2018”.

event

start date: 09-07-2018
end date: 14-07-2018

What role do cities play in social inclusion and welfare policies? - Policy brief for EUROCITIES

In 2017, EUROCITIES contracted an external expert to research the changing role of cities in designing and delivering social inclusion and welfare policies.

publication

publication date: 22-12-2017