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.

  •  economy

EU trade city award - shortlisted cities officially announced

The shortlisted cities for the EU cities for fair and ethical trade award have been officially announced.

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publication date: 25-05-2018

  •  economy

European Semester 2018: Commission issues recommendations for member states to achieve sustainable, inclusive and long-term growth

The European Commission publishes today the 2018 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), setting out its economic and social policy guidance for member states for the next 12 months.

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publication date: 24-05-2018

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Europe on the Move: Safe, connected and clean mobility

On 17 May, the European Commission released its third and final set of legislative proposals for mobility. Transport is now the largest source of emissions in the EU, and accounts for 25,000 road fatalities per year and contributes to 400,000 premature deaths from air pollution.

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publication date: 17-05-2018

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

Cities4Europe - Campaign launched!

On 7 May the ‘Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens’ campaign was officially launched.

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publication date: 09-05-2018

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

Global Smart City Summit

The 'Global smart city summit - real solutions for cities' is part of the 2018 International Business Festival - www.internationlbusinessfestival.com

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start date: 13-06-2018
end date: 14-06-2018

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

80 Cities4Europe!

80 European cities are ready to involve, inspire and impact!

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publication date: 27-04-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Psychology and the city – imagining the urban future

Have we really invested enough time into understanding the psychology of our built environments?

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publication date: 27-04-2018

  •  knowledge society

Quality label for user-centric cities and regions

As a follow up of the first co-creation workshop on the quality label for user-centric cities and regions, we would like to invite you to further discuss the content and governance of the label.

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start date: 23-05-2018
end date: 23-05-2018

  •  mobility

Transport Summit DTU 2018

Your unique opportunity to meet key stakeholders from industry, public entities, researchers, entrepreneurs and students - and to discuss, engage and debate the latest development in transportation and transport innovation.

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start date: 31-05-2018
end date: 31-05-2018

  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Cities to put the heart in smart - Nordic Edge Expo

On 25-27 September, the city of Stavanger in Norway will host Nordic Edge Expo 2018. The theme will be ‘smart with a heart’ – remembering that smart cities are about citizens first.

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start date: 24-09-2018
end date: 28-09-2018