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

EIP-SCC General Assembly

The EIP-SCC General Assembly is taking place from 27-28 June 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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start date: 27-06-2018
end date: 28-06-2018

  •  knowledge society

Espoo awarded 2018 Intelligent Community of the Year

"Espoo's holistic philosophy of humanizing every aspect of its technology and teaching innovation as a way of life was extremely impressive. Espoo's citizen engagement rates are extremly high, which democracies needs, and its economic output speaks for itself.", said ICF co-founder Lou Zacharilla

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publication date: 08-06-2018

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EUROCITIES forum leaflet 2018 - knowledge

A leaflet featuring the activities of EUROCITIES knowledge society forum

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publication date: 07-06-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

The European Commission proposes the InvestEU Programme

On 6 June 2018 the Commission published the proposal to create the InvestEU Programme, for the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027.

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publication date: 07-06-2018

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

Espoo among the top seven in the international Intelligent Community Awards

Espoo is the only European city among the seven finalists of the international Intelligent Community Awards 2018. The winner will be announced at the ICF Global Summit in London on 4–6 June. The 2017 winner was Melbourne. The previous European winner was Eindhoven in 2011.

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publication date: 05-06-2018

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start date: 25-09-2018
end date: 25-09-2018

  •  mobility

Final report: Pilot project study on innovative ways of sustainably financing public transport

Report on possible sustainable financing of UPT-specific infrastructures in Europe

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publication date: 04-06-2018

  •  environment

Workshop 'The road to Urban Bio-economy: Barriers and Solutions to Closing the Loops of Bio-Resources', 28 May 2018, Brussels: all material available

On 28 May, EUROCITIES, together with the City of Oslo, the European Compost Network, Municipal Waste Europe and the Urban Agenda for the EU jointly organised a workshop in Brussels, at Norway House on the topic: 'The road to Urban Bio-economy: Barriers and Solutions to Closing the Loops of Bio-Resources'.

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publication date: 04-06-2018

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25 Years of Working with Cities on ICT

The internet has such a grip on everyday life that it is hard to imagine, or recall, a world without it. As recently as 2001, many established businesses were still wondering if it was worthwhile having a presence online.

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publication date: 01-06-2018

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

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publication date: 01-06-2018