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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'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' - Webinar II

Interested in joining the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Ourcampaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Friday 24 November to give you more information and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign.

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start date: 24-11-2017
end date: 24-11-2017

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publication date: 22-11-2017

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EUROCITIES Awards presented for excellence in circular economy

The three winners of the 2017 EUROCITIES awards were announced yesterday at a ceremony in Ljubljana.

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publication date: 17-11-2017

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Global standard for measuring city emissions announced

A new global standard for reporting cities’ greenhouse gas emissions inventories has been announced by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy during the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders at COP23, hosted by Bonn.

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publication date: 15-11-2017

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'Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens': let’s build a better Europe together!

A more positive future for Europe starts with its citizens. As local leaders and members of EUROCITIES, we are committed to engaging our citizens in a dialogue about our future.

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publication date: 14-11-2017

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Paris is the capital of innovation for 2017

Last 7 November, the European Commission awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) prize of €1 000 000 to Paris. The city has been named 2017's European Capital of Innovation for its inclusive innovation strategy.

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publication date: 13-11-2017

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How to Guarantee the Free Flow of Data in Europe (Brussels, 7 Dec 2017)

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ostensibly outlaws barriers to the flow of personal data between EU countries, and in September 2017, the European Commission published a draft regulation for a similar rule on non-personal data transfers. Yet a plethora of questions remain. How effective will the two regulations be at ending data localization in practice? Just how easy is it to separate personal from non-personal data, and treat them according to separate laws? And how...

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start date: 07-12-2017
end date: 07-12-2017

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"Blockchain & Commons" workshop (Brussels, 23 Nov 2017)

The Green European Foundation is hosting a workshop about digital commons in Brussels, on 23 November 2017, with the support of their partner Etopia.

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start date: 23-11-2017
end date: 23-11-2017

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ERRIN Horizon 2020 Project Development Week (20-24 November 2017)

In light of the publication of the 2018-2020 Work Programme, ERRIN, the European Regions Research and Innovation Network, is organising an entire week of Horizon 2020 project development workshops from 20 November at multiple venues in Brussels.

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start date: 20-11-2017
end date: 24-11-2017