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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Europe's digital agenda for the future: Amsterdam makes three recommendations

In its citizens' consultation, Amsterdam chose to ask citizens questions about privacy and digital security, the value of their data, digitalisation and accessibility.

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publication date: 01-03-2019

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

European Capital of Innovation Awards 2019 – The race is on!

The 5th edition of the European Capital of Innovation Awards will recognise European cities that have built the most dynamic and open innovation ecosystems.

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publication date: 28-02-2019

Register NOW for the WG Smart Social Inclusion meeting - 27 March, Glasgow

We are pleased to invite you to join the meeting of WG Smart Social Inclusion on 27 March in Glasgow.

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publication date: 28-02-2019

WG Smart Social Inclusion - 27 March, Glasgow

We are pleased to invite you to join our next meeting of the Working Group Smart Social Inclusion on 27 March in Glasgow.

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start date: 27-03-2019
end date: 27-03-2019

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  •  knowledge society

Oulu citizens panel issues three recommendations on digitalisation in the public sector

As part of our Cities4Europe campaign, Oulu held a citizens' consultation to discuss the challenges, benefits and opportunities of digitalisation in the public sector and develop three recommendations

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publication date: 25-02-2019

EUROCITIES launches new initiative of city pledges at the European Parliament

21 cities, representing more than 20 million citizens have presented their pledges to act on the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights through dedicated investments for city measures. In total, the 21 cities pledge to invest €4.32 billion to fight poverty and social exclusion over the next 5 years.

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publication date: 22-02-2019

  •  economy

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publication date: 22-02-2019

21 cities pledge to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights

Within the framework of our new EUROCITIES initiative 'Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City', 21 cities have adopted pledges showing how they act to translate the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights into actions to improve people's lives.

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publication date: 19-02-2019

The city - a woman's place: be part of this EUROCITIES public event in Brussels

On 20 March we are holding a public event on 'The city - a woman's place' as part of the second EUROCITIES mayors summit. Join us at the Vaudeville Theatre in Brussels from 18:30 to 22:00 to learn how can we make sure that cities are places where women thrive.

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publication date: 19-02-2019