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.

  •  cooperation
  •  knowledge society

“Smart to Future Cities” summit: GDC coordinator on European-UK cities’ collaboration in post-Brexit landscape

Next 25-26 April 2018, London is hosting ‘Europe’s only city-centric event for citizen-centric smart cities’. Civil servants within a local or central government organisation are able to attend the event for free.

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start date: 25-04-2018
end date: 26-04-2018

  •  economy

EER – European Entrepreneurial Region award 2019

The Committee of the Regions has launched the call for the 2019 edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region – EER award.

news

publication date: 11-12-2017

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

Espoo Innovation Garden

Espoo Innovation Garden exists as both physical and communal concept, which was created with one broad vision: to promote and foster networked innovation and business, and to grow the sustainable and accessible society where all citizens can participate in improving the quality of life in Espoo and the whole region.

case study

publication date: 08-12-2017

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

'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' - Webinar 12 December

Interested in joining the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Our campaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Tuesday 12 December to give update and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES campaign 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'.

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start date: 12-12-2017
end date: 12-12-2017

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

Cities4Europe campaign - Webinar 14 December

Interested in joining 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Our campaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Thursday 14 December to give an update and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES campaign 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'.

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start date: 14-12-2017
end date: 14-12-2017

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

French newspaper Le Monde opens its Smart Cities Innovation Awards 'Les Prix de l’innovation' to European cities and beyond!

How will the cities of the future look like? How innovation can benefit cities’ inhabitants, while respecting citizens’ privacy and including the whole population? What new services will allow to progress in the energetic transition and the circular economy?

news

publication date: 06-12-2017

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

GDC online training on Energy Efficiency in Public Sector Datacentres (feat. EURECA project) : all material available

Presentations from the GDC online training on Energy Efficiency in Public Sector Datacentres (feat. EURECA project)

publication

publication date: 06-12-2017

  •  mobility

Lyon wins the 2018 Access City Award

On 5 December, the European Commission awarded Lyon with the 2018 Access City Award, on the occasion of the ‘European day for people with disabilities’. The city won the award for its actions of making accessibility a central element of its local development plan.

news

publication date: 06-12-2017

  •  knowledge society

Helsinki among the winners of the European Broadband Awards 2017

European Broadband Awards 2017 winners were announced at the Award Ceremony on 20 November. The Helsinki Optical Fibre Cooperative project was awarded by the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu and Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, Phil Hogan for the category ‘openness and competition’.

news

publication date: 05-12-2017

  •  mobility

Public consultation on specifications for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems

European Commission published a public survey on C-ITS addressed to transport operators, vehicle manufacturers & suppliers, C-ITS system/service providers), telecom service providers, road & transport authorities, public administrations, European citizens

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publication date: 05-12-2017