social innovation

Our work around social innovaton focuses on understanding how to foster innovation, evaluate and implement innovative pilot projects. 

Local governments are required to adapt and innovate their services to respond to new and emerging challenges. Social innovation can mean new ways of formulating policies, new organisational models, new legal frameworks, new partnerships and so on.

Cities are best-placed to build the kind of creative, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural thinking needed for a socially cohesive Europe. Local authorities and NGOs working in communities notice social problems as they occur. This gives them a clearer insight and perspective far in advance of national governments or EU institutions. It means they are in a good position to react to these problems and develop innovative and effective solutions to them. This innovation is closely linked to the principle of subsidiarity: giving the people nearest the problem the capacity to resolve them.

Our social affairs forum and our nine Cities for Active Inclusion partners showcase and promote social innovation by exploring creative policies and projects. Members can share their ideas, learn from others and cooperate on joint commitments and action plans. 

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Webinar - EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award 2018

Representatives from the International Trade Centre & DG Trade will guide interested cities through the application process. The information webinar will take place on Wednesday 21 February at 14.30 (Brussels time)


start date: 21-02-2018
end date: 21-02-2018

European Commission publishes the first 2018 quarterly review on employment and social developments in Europe

Today, the Commission has published the first quarterly review of 2018 on employment and social development in Europe (ESDE). The report highlights a solid economic growth of 0.7% GDP combined with improvements in the labour market.


publication date: 12-02-2018

Six countries launch the 2018 European Social Fund co-ordinated call

Six Member States have launched their calls in January and February – Belgium (Flanders), Bulgaria, Finland, Poland, Portugal and Sweden. The calls will cover the broad ESF themes of employment, youth, inclusion, social economy, learning and skills, migrants and governance.


publication date: 08-02-2018

  •  economy

New report on boosting investment in social infrastructure in Europe

On 23 January, the high-level task force on investing in social infrastructure in Europe, chaired by Romano Prodi, published a report that looks at investing in social infrastructure in Europe such as healthcare, education and affordable housing. The report is the result of a one year work of the high-level task force comprised by representatives from the European Long-Term Investors Association, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the Council of Europe Development...


publication date: 05-02-2018

Registration is now open for the Social Affairs Forum in Utrecht on 7-8 March

Are you interested to learn about what cities can do for social sustainability? Is your city already working to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals? Or perhaps you or your city are searching for inspiration from other cities in Europe? Then, join us for the Social Affairs Forum in Utrecht on 7-8 March.


publication date: 01-02-2018

  •  knowledge society

Imagining an urban future of technology in service of people: GDC-KSF joint conference

Are the cities of the future to be a series of opal blue utopias, or streets of bent necked citizens crouching over screens?


publication date: 30-01-2018

  •  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.


publication date: 11-01-2018

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 date: 22-12-2017

  •  culture

Cities can now apply for the title of European Youth Capital 2021!

Cities across Europe can now apply to become the European Youth Capital in 2021. The title is awarded by the European Youth Forum to a different European city each year. The award is recognising the efforts and initiatives of the municipality in making the city more youth-friendly and boosting the role of young people and youth organisations in the community.


publication date: 21-12-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

EUCANET calls for papers discussing the role of cities and city agencies in the EU urban agenda

EUCANET is looking for information on ongoing projects, experiences, practices and/or policies related to citizenship, inclusion, involvement and empowerment of communities through the urban transformation process. The deadline for the call for papers is 30 March 2018.


publication date: 20-12-2017