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. 

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EUROCITIES takes part in the European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

EUROCITIES together with city representatives from Stuttgart and Toulouse took part in the EU conference to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3-4 December 2018.

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publication date: 10-12-2018

European Parliament votes in favour of a stronger urban dimension of ESF+ 2021-2027

On 3 December 2018, the European Parliament’s EMPL committee adopted its report on the Commission's proposal for the European Social Fund+ 2021-2027. 

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publication date: 10-12-2018

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start date: 24-01-2019
end date: 25-01-2019

New Call for the Social Economy

European Social Economy Regions, or ESER, is a European Commission DG GROW initiative that aims to raise social economy awareness and capacity, at regional and local level, and to build regional/local networks of social economy stakeholders.

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publication date: 05-12-2018

EUROCITIES political event at the European Parliament 'From principle to action: How to implement the EU Pillar of Social Rights at local level'

EUROCITIES will launch a new political initiative to show the cities’ concrete contributions to a more cohesive and inclusive Europe starting from local level. EUROCITIES deputy mayors will present their pledges to act on the principles of the EU Pillar for Social Rights through dedicated investments for city measures. This will take place at an event of EUROCITIES at the European Parliament on 21 February 2019 in the presence of Members of European Parliament and high-level Commission...

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publication date: 04-12-2018

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EUROCITIES selected to be part of EU-level working group on childcare

In November, EUROCITIES was selected to be part of a new EU-level Working Group on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). This working group was recently established by the European Commission in the framework of the EU 2020 strategy for Education and Training (ET2020). The working group is formed mostly of representatives of national governments and will discuss how to improve quality of childcare services, social inclusion and professionalisation of staff, during its two-year...

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publication date: 02-12-2018

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  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
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Second Mayors Summit announced

Following the success of the first EUROCITIES Mayors Summit in 2017, we are organising a second in Brussels from 20-21 March 2019 to discuss critical European issues including citizen engagement.

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publication date: 23-11-2018

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  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Second Mayors Summit announced

Following the success of the first EUROCITIES Mayors Summit in 2017, we are organising a second in Brussels from 20-21 March 2019 to discuss critical European issues including citizen engagement.

news

publication date: 23-11-2018

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

European Commission call for speakers to present evidence on social investment

The European Commission's Social Situation Monitor (SSM) team has launched a call for abstracts for an oral presentation at an EU seminar on social investment that will take place in Brussels, in late January/early February 2019, depending on speakers’ availability.

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publication date: 21-11-2018

WG Education visits Amsterdam to review equal opportunities in education

Over 40 participants from 20 cities took part in the meeting of WG Education on 7-9 November in Amsterdam. The focus was on Amsterdam's policy to ensure equal opportunities in education.

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publication date: 20-11-2018