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.

  •  mobility

EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2017 - EMW Award and SUMP Award

The annual edition of EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK took place from 16-22 September all around Europe. This editions put particular attention on clean, shared and intelligent mobility. Over 2,470 cities in Europe applied and more than 600 city-events were organised throughout the week.

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publication date: 28-09-2017

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start date: 16-11-2017
end date: 16-11-2017

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

EUROCITIES partners with Urban Futures Global Conference

EUROCITIES is partnering with the Urban Futures Global Conference, taking place 28 February – 2 March 2018 in Vienna.

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start date: 28-02-2018
end date: 02-03-2018

  •  cooperation

URBAN-EU-CHINA goes online. Visit the project’s website!

Since 1 January 2017, EUROCITIES has been part of the URBAN-EU-CHINA Innovation Platform on Sustainable Urbanisation. The recently-launched website gathers news, events and future activities.

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publication date: 14-09-2017

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

Report on 'Urban agenda for the EU' progress is out

One year after the launch of Urban Agenda for the EU, European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) published a report ‘One Year: pact of Amsterdam’ that aims to map the developments and expected impact of twelve priority areas the Urban Agenda is working on.

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publication date: 01-09-2017

EUROCITIES members in final round of the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2017

Nine out of the ten finalists for this years' European Capital of Innovation are EUROCITIES members (Aarhus, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Nice, Paris, Tallinn, Tampere and Toulouse).

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publication date: 31-08-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  environment

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start date: 18-10-2017
end date: 18-10-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  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.

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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

  •  economy

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publication date: 09-08-2017