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

Webinar 'Diverse Cities facing the COVID-19 crisis: EU Research & Innovation for Inclusive Urban Development'

The Directorate General for Research & Innovation (DG R&I) and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission, in cooperation with the World Economic Forum Covid Action Platform and its initiative Hour of Pride are organising a webinar on COVID-19.

event

start date: 07-07-2020
end date: 07-07-2020

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

event

start date: 14-07-2020
end date: 14-07-2020

Madrid signs a strong pledge to gender equality

Madrid signed a strong pledge to gender equality in June 2020. This is the third pledge from Madrid, reaffirming the city's commitment to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights, after the first two pledges in autumn 2018 on principle 4 'active support to employment' and principle 11 'childcare and support to children'.

news

publication date: 22-06-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Cultural heritage as oxygen in times of crisis - ROCK Open Knowledge Week

The ROCK project, in which EUROCITIES is a partner together with 10 member cities, invites you to join its Open Knowledge Week, a virtual journey and interactive online experience on an extremely timely topic: Cultural Heritage as Oxygen in Times of Crisis.

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start date: 27-10-2020
end date: 30-10-2020

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

event

start date: 16-06-2020
end date: 16-06-2020

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

event

start date: 30-06-2020
end date: 30-06-2020

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

event

start date: 09-06-2020
end date: 09-06-2020

  •  economy

Highlights from our Social Affairs Forum online – cities respond to the COVID crisis

More than 90 representatives from 55 cities met online for the Social Affairs Forum meeting to discuss the social consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and how to mitigate them.

news

publication date: 28-05-2020

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

publication

publication date: 26-05-2020

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

event

start date: 25-05-2020
end date: 25-05-2020