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.

  •  knowledge society

Totem buildings of Métropole Européenne de Lille

In recent decades, Lille métropole has undergone a full reconversion of its economy and urban environment. As a former and important industrial area in Northern France, Lille métropole had to develop new strategies to reorient its development and foster new job creation and innovation.

case study

publication date: 05-12-2017

  •  culture

A Culture for Cities and Regions feature film

Cities are drivers of innovative cultural policies that add value to urban and regional development. Increased cultural investments at regional and city levels should be supported through long term programmes at EU level.

news

publication date: 04-12-2017

  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

GDC technical training for cities on GDPR (Brussels, 22 Jan 2018)

EUROCITIES - KSF invites you to the next GDC technical training for cities on "Privacy Challenges & how to comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)"

event

start date: 22-01-2018
end date: 22-01-2018

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

9 cities have already joined the #Cities4Europe campaign. Who will be next?

Nine cities have already joined the EUROCITIES campaign 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'. Is your city going to be the tenth to register?

news

publication date: 01-12-2017

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

Cities Forum 2017: working together for a sustainable future post-2020

The third cities forum took place in Rotterdam from 27-28 November, aboard the SS Rotterdam. The forum is the European Commission’s biennial event for and with cities. It brings together key stakeholders from European, national and local levels to debate the progress of the Urban Agenda for the EU.

news

publication date: 29-11-2017

  •  mobility

event

start date: 21-03-2018
end date: 21-03-2018

  •  culture

Local actions, better future. The legacy of Culture for Cities and Regions

Programmes such as Culture for Cities and Regions allow cities to develop and grow. It is imperative therefore that we build on the successes we have already seen and experienced. It is also important that the EU continues to support peer-learning programmes between cities, so they can keep learning from each other This was the main message from Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council during the conclusions of the Culture for Cities and Regions final event last October. Read the full...

news

publication date: 23-11-2017

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

ROCKs living lab in Eindhoven

The tech savvy city of Eindhoven hosted the second work-shadowing visit of ROCK, which focused on the living lab approach to urban innovation, mastered by the city. The three ROCK replicator cities Bologna, Lisbon and Skopje got inspired by this method of trial and error and got concrete recommendations and tips on how to transfer Eindhoven's good practices to their local context.

news

publication date: 23-11-2017

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

'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' - Webinar

Interested in joining the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Ourcampaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Thursday 23 November to give you more information and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign.

event

start date: 23-11-2017
end date: 23-11-2017

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

'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' - Webinar II

Interested in joining the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens'? Ourcampaign coordinator Federico Guerrieri is organising a webinar on Friday 24 November to give you more information and answer your questions about the EUROCITIES 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign.

event

start date: 24-11-2017
end date: 24-11-2017