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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#EUvsVirus pan-European hackathon

Hackathon organised by the European Commission to combat COVID-19

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start date: 24-04-2020
end date: 26-04-2020

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COVID-19: Cities call for European solidarity

Mayors of big cities across Europe call for cross-border solidarity during the corona crisis. In a joint statement of the network EUROCITIES, they urge strong collaboration between all levels of government.

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publication date: 01-04-2020

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European cities respond to the coronavirus crisis

In the Turkish city of Pendik, police go shopping for the elderly who have to stay at home. London has reserved 300 hotel rooms for homeless people to help them self-isolate, to protect themselves and others against infection. And Barcelona makes advance payments for artists whose shows have been postponed.

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publication date: 24-03-2020

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Apply now for EU grants on social innovation

The European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) is an initiative designed to have significant impact on some of Europe’s most pressing social challenges. The objective of the ESCF is to bring together public and private resources to improve social services to enable people who need support to live as valued and participating members of their communities.

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publication date: 23-03-2020

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start date: 23-03-2020
end date: 23-03-2020

Warsaw pledges to ensure long-term care services for its residents

Paweł Rabiej, deputy Mayor for the city of Warsaw signed a strong commitment to principle 18 on long term care to the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 23-03-2020

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start date: 26-03-2020
end date: 26-03-2020

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Vilnius - The colour of data

Vilnius is revitalising its Old Town area, a UNESCO cultural heritage site, by using cultural heritage as a driver for sustainable growth, turning underused cultural heritage into a resource to be taken advantage of. To achieve this, Vilnius is using open data and tools including video neuroanalytics, which measures the emotional and psychological states of residents and visitors. This information is used to improve the city’s cultural offer, by showing how happy people are at cultural...

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publication date: 12-03-2020

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Commission 100 days: 'Get things done with cities'

Major European cities have offered the European Commission to join forces in key areas like climate change, digital transformation and social inclusion. “A closer cooperation with cities will enable faster progress,” said Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general of the cities network EUROCITIES, in a statement after the first hundred days of the Commission. “Cities are needed to get things done.”

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publication date: 09-03-2020