• economy

This working group promotes exchanges on local innovation ecosystems and influences EU policies and funding programmes, such as Horizon 2020.

Cities have a powerful story to tell about the potential of innovation to achieve and maintain growth, while also addressing common challenges such as climate change, decarbonisation, health, ageing, etc. .

Our working group on innovation focuses on the whole innovation system, in particular the role of local government in creating a supportive ‘ecosystem’ for technology, innovation, learning, and knowledge.

  • Through our working group, cities explore and exchange on the following topics:
  • understanding, monitoring, and strengthening city innovation systems
  • mobilising and orientating innovation to address common challenges
  • overcoming barriers to innovation
In 2018, the WG will specifically:
1.Innovation strategies of cities
2.Talent (attraction, retaining, re-education and inclusion) and its connection to Open Innovation ecosystems
3.How do local Innovation ecosystems boost change and solutions : For example combating climate change: How cities can enable more innovative (business) solutions for climate change 
5.Scaling up : How can we boost learning across borders. 
5. 24 h economy

The working group will also influence 2014-2020 tools for innovation.

In collaboration with other working groups and forums, our working group on innovation monitors and influences EU policies (e.g. innovation union, digital agenda); strategic EU initiatives (such as future internet, smart cities); and, most importantly, EU instruments on research and innovation, such as Horizon 2020 funding programme.

It works together with the EU institutions and other EU networks and forums to provide cooperation and exchange opportunities for EUROCITIES members.

The working group identifies and highlights innovation strengths and excellences where synergies might be possible. It facilitates and encourages new partnerships, networks and transnational innovation projects and examines existing funding projects on innovation and other relevant research findings.

Members will produce a statement on local innovation ecosystems, incorporating a number of case studies; identifying synergies across cities and common learning on topics of interest; and pinpointing barriers and opportunities for collaboration.


Iina Oilinki
Special advisor

vice chair

Paivi Sutinen

EUROCITIES staff contact

Aleksandra Olejnik
EUROCITIES Brussels Office
Policy advisor