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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Forty-four cities supports 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'

‘Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens’: involve - inspire - impact

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publication date: 22-02-2018

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.

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publication date: 08-02-2018

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start date: 26-03-2018
end date: 26-03-2018

Smart Age-friendly Cities - Age-friendly Smart Cities

"Greater alignment between European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) and on EIP Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) operational plans and actions offer the opportunity to aim at common social, environmental and economic impacts in a more integrated fashion while addressing a rich ‘society for all ages’ approach.

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start date: 26-02-2018
end date: 26-02-2018

Solutions taking up the digital shift in healthcare

Meet the innovative solutions of tomorrow for frailty prevention, early detection of chronic diseases and integration of health and care services for people with dementia in this European speed-dating workshop!

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start date: 26-02-2018
end date: 26-02-2018

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Imagining the urban future

At EUROCITIES we are proud of our many achievements since our founding over 30 years ago, for example in achieving an Urban Agenda for the EU, but success means being adaptable and responding to a world that is evolving at great speed. That’s why we are taking an in-depth look at EUROCITIES’ vision, priorities and actions. We want to make sure that the needs and views of Europe’s major cities are increasingly met over the next 30 years, and that EUROCITIES structure and services best...

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publication date: 01-02-2018

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.

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publication date: 01-02-2018

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REFILL final conference

REFILL stands for 'reuse of vacant spaces as driving force for innovation on local level'

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start date: 27-03-2018
end date: 27-03-2018

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The European Capital of Innovation Award - iCapital

The European Capital of Innovation Award (iCapital) will be launched in late February 2018. Cities will have until June to complete and submit their application. Key information, including the Rules of Contest, will be published in the coming weeks.

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publication date: 29-01-2018

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start date: 05-03-2018
end date: 06-03-2018