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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  •  environment
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  •  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

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  •  mobility

OPTICITIES - creating a lasting legacy for urban ITS

The OPTICITIES project has been developing and testing a wide range of innovative ICT solutions for transport.

news

publication date: 25-10-2016

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Daniël Termont on smart mobility at POLITICO Pro Transport Launch

Daniël Termont, mayor of Ghent and EUROCITIES vice president, was part of a panel on smart mobility on 18 October.

news

publication date: 19-10-2016

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EUROCITIES 2016 Milan - Sharing cities, 16-18 November

Join us in Milan on 16-18 for a debate on rethinking Europe, discussions on the sharing economy and celebrations for our 30th anniversary.

publication

publication date: 19-10-2016

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Smarter cities: Open workshop on global standards useful to cities on machine to machine communication and Internet of Things

The new Release 2 version of oneM2M, the global standards initiative for machine to machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT), will be discussed in detail at a workshop scheduled to be held on 15-17 November in Sophia Antipolis. Organised by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), this free, open event will be preceded, on 14 November, by a tutorial session for developers and a presentation entitled ‘When standards support policies: the case of IoT...

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start date: 15-11-2016
end date: 17-11-2016

JRC Annual Conference "Human capital for territorial growth"

The JRC Annual Conference 2016 will focus on the importance of human capital for the prosperity of regions and cities. The conference will take place on 11 October within the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities.

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start date: 11-10-2016
end date: 11-10-2016