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
  •  economy

Social Affairs Forum policy updates for May - July 2020

This document presents an overview of EU policy and funding updates relevant to social affairs as well as news from EUROCITIES and from member cities, for the period May - July 2020.

publication

publication date: 16-07-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Highlights from our WG Children meeting online - cities united to mitigate COVID-19 impact on children

From the disruption of their schooling to their social skills and mental health and well-being, the pandemic has had a strong impact on children and young people. Home-schooling has deepened the inequalities in education and training. Child poverty is increasing in cities and the poorest are the hardest hit. These are some of the conclusions from the recent WG Children meeting held online on 10 July 2020.

news

publication date: 15-07-2020

  •  cooperation

Vienna adopts ambitious strategy for children and youth

Vienna's first children and youth strategy was adopted on 28 May 2020. The strategy aims to make Vienna the most child and youth-friendly city. Among other things, it will anchor a children's and youth budget of 1 million EUR for 2021 as well as a children's and youth parliament.

news

publication date: 15-07-2020

case study

publication date: 15-07-2020

  •  economy

Webinar 'Diverse Cities facing the COVID-19 crisis: EU Research & Innovation for Inclusive Urban Development'

The Directorate General for Research & Innovation (DG R&I) and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission, in cooperation with the World Economic Forum Covid Action Platform and its initiative Hour of Pride are organising a webinar on COVID-19.

event

start date: 07-07-2020
end date: 07-07-2020

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

event

start date: 14-07-2020
end date: 14-07-2020

Madrid signs a strong pledge to gender equality

Madrid signed a strong pledge to gender equality in June 2020. This is the third pledge from Madrid, reaffirming the city's commitment to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights, after the first two pledges in autumn 2018 on principle 4 'active support to employment' and principle 11 'childcare and support to children'.

news

publication date: 22-06-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Cultural heritage leading urban futures - ROCK Open Knowledge Week

The ROCK project, in which EUROCITIES is a partner together with 10 member cities, invites you to join its Open Knowledge Week, a virtual journey and interactive online experience on an extremely timely topic: cultural heritage leading urban futures.

event

start date: 27-10-2020
end date: 30-10-2020

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

event

start date: 16-06-2020
end date: 16-06-2020

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

event

start date: 30-06-2020
end date: 30-06-2020

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

event

start date: 09-06-2020
end date: 09-06-2020