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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  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Cities’ cultural heritage ROCKs! New project kicks off in Bologna

Around 140 representatives from 32 cities and organisations met in Bologna on 14-16 June to launch ROCK (Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities). Led by the city of Bologna, ROCK is an H2020-funded project that aims to develop an innovative, collaborative and circular approach to the regeneration and adaptive reuse of historic city centres.

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publication date: 21-06-2017

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

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start date: 28-06-2017
end date: 28-06-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Participate in a survey about digitalisation efforts for the urban renewal

The Dutch government collects contributions on the EU initiatives working on digitalisation.

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publication date: 15-06-2017

  •  cooperation

WG Creative Citizenship meet in Brussels

The Working Group Creative Citizenship, chaired by Athens with Nantes as vice chair, met on 29 and 30 May in Brussels and continued its work exploring methods and tools for how city authorities can work with citizens to co-create solutions responding to local challenges.

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publication date: 09-06-2017

Webinar: Supporting the recognition of the Silver Economy in Europe in the Digital Era

The Silver Economy Awards is a new initiative to reward ICT-based innovative solutions that improve the lives of European seniors and support the growth of the European Silver Economy.

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start date: 26-07-2017
end date: 26-07-2017

Cities look to innovation to care for an ageing population

Our working group urban ageing met on 19 May in Brussels, the day after participants attended the conference ‘Innovation in Care: How to improve quality of life and services for an ageing population?’.

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publication date: 07-06-2017

  •  economy

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publication date: 30-05-2017

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

Research & Innovation – shaping our future

The event, to take place next 3 of July in Brussels, will be fundamental in starting the discussion on the next framework programme for research and innovation, provisionally called "FP9".

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start date: 23-05-2017
end date: 23-05-2017

  •  culture

UNAOC looking for innovative grassroots projects that foster dialogue and cooperation among cultures

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and BMW Group are looking for innovative grassroots projects that foster dialogue and cooperation among cultures. Projects with the potential for expansion and replication will receive funding, training and other strategic support for capacity building.

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publication date: 22-05-2017

What is the future of social Europe?

On 26 April, the same day the proposal on the European Pillar of Social Rights was launched, the European Commission released its reflection paper on the social dimension of Europe.

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publication date: 22-05-2017