“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.

  •  environment

Matchmaking Event ‘Building Green, Resilient Cities’

On Wednesday 21 March 2018 the Matchmaking Event ‘Building Green, Resilient Cities’ will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands.


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

  •  cooperation

New EUROCITIES report on lessons learned from cities experiences with the European Social Fund in 2014-2017

EUROCITIES carried out a survey to examine the experiences of cities with ESF during the first half of the funding period 2014-2020. We analysed the ESF practices of 32 cities from 13 EU member states. The survey collected evidence on the implementation of ESF in cities between 2014-2017 directly from city authorities. The responses fed into a comparative analysis to identify trends across cities and map good practices.


publication date: 05-03-2018

  •  cooperation

What is the way forward to investing in people? Highlights from the ESF conference in Sofia

On 15-16 February, EUROCITIES represented cities at the EU conference on ‘Investing in people – the way forward’, organised by the European Commission and hosted by the Bulgarian Presidency.


publication date: 04-03-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

2nd Chance final event

2nd Chance is an URBACT network of 11 city partners from all over Europe. In the last 3 years they have tested and applied a new collaborative approach of reactivating larger abandoned buildings, such as former convents, hospitals, prisons, factories, as strategic places for a sustainable renewal of cities and neighbourhoods.


start date: 18-04-2018
end date: 20-04-2018

Multidimensional poverty in the EU: social situation monitor seminar

Each year the Social Situation Monitor (SSM) carries out policy-relevant analysis and research on the current socio-economic situation in the EU on the basis of the most recent available data. This initiative is directed by the London School of Economics (LSE), in consortium with ICF, on behalf of the European Commission.


start date: 12-03-2018
end date: 12-03-2018

  •  knowledge society

Sharing Cities - Smart cities workshop and study visit in Lisbon

On Thursday 12 April in Lisbon, Sharing Cities will organise workshops and study visits together with representatives of the 12 lighthouse projects (SC001-H2020 projects).


start date: 12-04-2018
end date: 12-04-2018

  •  knowledge society

Cities get smarter with EU funding

On 26 January 2018 in Brussels, representatives of 40 cities sat around the table at the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) with industry representatives and experts to ensure that the €263.84 million invested by the Commission through the Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities programme generates returns.


publication date: 15-02-2018

Six countries launch the 2018 European Social Fund co-ordinated call

Six Member States have launched their calls in January and February – Belgium (Flanders), Bulgaria, Finland, Poland, Portugal and Sweden. The calls will cover the broad ESF themes of employment, youth, inclusion, social economy, learning and skills, migrants and governance.


publication date: 08-02-2018

  •  economy


start date: 26-03-2018
end date: 26-03-2018

Smart Age-friendly Cities - Age-friendly Smart Cities

"Greater alignment between European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) and on EIP Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) operational plans and actions offer the opportunity to aim at common social, environmental and economic impacts in a more integrated fashion while addressing a rich ‘society for all ages’ approach.


start date: 26-02-2018
end date: 26-02-2018