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.

Child in the City World Conference - 24-26 September, Vienna

On 24-26 September the 9th edition of the Child in the City World Conference will take place in Vienna, Austria. The Child in the City World Conference is a conference that takes place every two years. It is one of the leading conferences on child friendly policies and research.

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start date: 24-09-2018
end date: 26-09-2018

Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart will look into social sustainability and social rights

Do you wish to make your city socially sustainable for the future? Do you want to deliver social rights for all people in your city? Join our autumn Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart on 23-24 October to learn and be inspired on how to achieve these ambitions.

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publication date: 09-08-2018

  •  economy

WG Innovation - 17 October 2018, Grenoble

Working Group Innovation will meet on Wednesday 17 October in Grenoble (France), during the Autumn Economic Development Forum. We are happy to invite members to join the meeting.

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start date: 17-10-2018
end date: 17-10-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Jobs and Skills Public Feedback

On 25 July 2018 the Partnership Jobs and Skills in the Local Economy of the European initiative Urban Agenda for the EU launched the online Public Feedback.

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publication date: 26-07-2018

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

Global Parliament of Mayors annual summit 2018

Bristol will host the 2018 Global Parliament of Mayors' summit: Empowering Cities as Drivers of Change

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start date: 21-10-2018
end date: 23-10-2018

  •  economy

The EC Communication: “Protection of intra-EU investment”.

On 19 July the European Commission published the Communication “Protection of intra-EU investment”.

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publication date: 24-07-2018

  •  economy

The EU is calling Airbnb to align with EU consumer rules

On 16 July the European Commission and EU consumer authorities told Airbnb to make transparent their presentation of prices and to bring its terms and conditions into line with European rules.

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publication date: 23-07-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

The Innovation Radar

In April 2018, during the Digital Day 2018 in Brussels, the European Commission launched the Innovation Radar. Through that initiatives the EC aims to provide an easier access to EU-funded innovations and the innovators behind them.

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publication date: 23-07-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Subnational Finance and Investment Ten Years after the Crisis: Fiscal decentralisation and innovative public finance instruments as the way ahead?

The European Committee of the Regions and the OECD are organising on 12 November the event: ´Subnational Finance and Investment Ten Years after the Crisis: Fiscal decentralisation and innovative public finance instruments as the way ahead?`. The event will take place in Brussels and it will focus on the state of subnational finance and investment, analysing limits and request that subnational governments face.

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start date: 12-11-2018
end date: 12-11-2018

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

2018 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation and showcase their innovative practices

The Guangzhou Award, established by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), World Association of the Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS) and City of Guangzhou, is open to all the cities and local authorities

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publication date: 19-07-2018