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.

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

The city as a living lab: a ROCK webinar

Through the ROCK EU-funded project, EUROCITIES and Julie’s Bicycle invite you to a webinar on living labs, a way of governing the city. The webinar will be the opportunity to discuss ideas and local experiences around living labs, a practice in which Eindhoven has lots to share.

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start date: 14-05-2019
end date: 14-05-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

The city as a living lab: join our webinar

EUROCITIES and creative climate change charity Julie’s Bicycle invite you to sign up for a webinar on 14 May about the city as a living lab, to discuss ideas and local experiences and hear about experiments in Eindhoven. .

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publication date: 02-05-2019

15 cities learn from Toulouse how to support Roma to access adequate housing

How can cities support Roma to move out of camps into adequate housing? This is what 35 local policy-makers and practitioners on homelessness and Roma inclusion from 15 European cities addressed during a policy transfer study visit to Toulouse. Representatives from the Council of Europe and the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights also took part in the meeting.

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publication date: 19-04-2019

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start date: 19-06-2019
end date: 19-06-2019

Imagine the urban future: 24-hour cities- Making the most of the night time economy

On 26 June, you are invited to imagine the urban future and discuss 24-hour cities and how cities can make the most of the night time economy.

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publication date: 18-04-2019

  •  environment

European Maritime Day 2019 in Lisbon - 16-17 May 2019

The focus of the European Maritime Day (EMD) 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, will be on blue entrepreneurship, research, innovation and investment to boost sustainable technologies and emerging value chains in the wider ocean economy.

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start date: 16-05-2019
end date: 17-05-2019

  •  cooperation

Bologna is 22nd city to sign pledge to the EU Pillar of Social Rights

Bologna became the 22nd city to sign a pledge to the European Pillar of Social Rights. Mayor Virginio Merola signed a strong commitment to principle 2 on gender equality and principle 19 on housing.

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publication date: 16-04-2019

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EUROCITIES principles on citizen data: 10 data principles for the common good

Where does our data go? How can citizens take back some control over what will become one of the most valuable resources of our society?

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publication date: 05-04-2019

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publication date: 05-04-2019