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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  •  economy

New commission consultation on retail regulations

The European Commission has launched a new public consultation on retail regulations in a multi-channel environment. The deadline is 8 October 2017.

news

publication date: 18-08-2017

Social innovation in Rotterdam: One-stop-shop for youth at risk of exclusion

Jongerenloket (Youth Desk) is a hub of free services in Rotterdam where vulnerable people under the age of 27 can seek assistance for education, work or care. The one-stop-shop enables young people to access all of the city’s youth-related social services at one central location, hence making it easier for young people to receive the help they need.

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publication date: 18-08-2017

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publication date: 09-08-2017

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

The Ruhr metropolitan region invites you to a day of conference on digitalisation of cities (6 September)

Together with partners, the Ruhr metropolitan region is organising a day of conference on ‘How digitalization change cities – Innovations for the urban economy of tomorrow’.

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start date: 07-08-2017
end date: 07-08-2017

  •  knowledge society

GDC cities in URBACT catalogue of good practices

Among all 97 good practices published by URBACT on sustainable urban development, three GDC signatory cities stand out for their investment in digital to impulse participatory change in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

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publication date: 03-08-2017

  •  knowledge society

Public consultation on Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market is open to contributions

On 19 July, the European Commission launched a public consultation on Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market. The aim of the consultation is to obtain input on the ways of promoting digital innovation in health care and to better define measures needed to deal with challenges in European health care systems.

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publication date: 26-07-2017

Silver Economy Award for ICT-related product and service innovations

The Silver Economy Awards is a new initiative to reward ICT-based innovative solutions that improve the lives of European seniors and support the growth of the European Silver Economy.

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publication date: 26-07-2017

  •  environment

Cities in action: Ghent’s sustainable food strategy

Ghent has capitalised on political will, citizen support and a growing global knowledge base to develop a local sustainable food strategy. Its approach is not only helping to achieve ecological and social progress throughout the food chain, it is also encouraging Council departments to consider food issues in policy making for the first time.

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publication date: 25-07-2017

case study

publication date: 25-07-2017

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  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

URBACT’s Good Practices unveiled: 'Inspiring solutions for better cities'

Looking for ideas on how to improve a city’s air quality, support local jobs, or involve citizens in accommodating refugees? Scores of tried-and-tested city solutions have been published online by URBACT, the EU learning and exchange programme for integrated, sustainable urban development.

news

publication date: 25-07-2017

  •  cooperation

Food in cities: mapping cities activities in the area of food

This report is part of the ‘Food in cities: study on innovation for a sustainable and healthy production, delivery and consumption of food in cities’ project.

publication

publication date: 24-07-2017