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.

EUROCITIES political event at the European Parliament 'From principle to action: How to implement the EU Pillar of Social Rights at local level'

EUROCITIES will launch a new political initiative to show how cities’ concrete contributions to a more cohesive and inclusive Europe starting from local level. EUROCITIES deputy mayors will present their pledges to act on the principles of the EU Pillar for Social Rights through dedicated investments for city measures. This will take place at an event of EUROCITIES at the European Parliament on 21 February 2019 in the presence of Members of European Parliament and high-level Commission...

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publication date: 04-12-2018

  •  environment

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start date: 04-12-2018
end date: 05-12-2018

  •  economy
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European Commission call for speakers to present evidence on social investment

The European Commission's Social Situation Monitor (SSM) team has launched a call for abstracts for an oral presentation at an EU seminar on social investment that will take place in Brussels, in late January/early February 2019, depending on speakers’ availability.

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publication date: 21-11-2018

  •  economy
  •  environment

Scaling Up the Green Innovations

On 4 December The Norwegian National Suppliers Development Programme, The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise and the MEP Dr. Igor Яltes will be hosting a seminar at the European Parliament on the strategic use of public procurement in driving and accelerating green innovation. The Seminar will focus particularly on public procurement as a strategic tool to implement innovation and climate policies.Participants will include experts from the European Commission and European politicians,...

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

  •  economy
  •  environment

High-Level Conference: EU Research and Innovation in our daily life

The European Parliament and the European Commission are organizing a joint conference taking place on November 27 and titled: 'EU Research and Innovation in our daily life'. The event will take place in Brussels and will be focusing on how the 200 billion euros invested over the past 30 years have affected citizens' daily life.The conference will bring together researchers and politicians to reflect on past and present achievements and will focus on the following areas: health and...

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start date: 27-11-2018
end date: 27-11-2018

Solna's new project on Digital Employeeship: building competences to use smart and efficient digital work tools

Solna has identified strategic competence attraction and digitalisation as two of the main future challenges. The city's new project on Digital Employeeship, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), aims to provide city administration managers and employees with the competences needed to use smart and efficient digital work tools.

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publication date: 13-11-2018

Affordable Housing crisis: intergenerational inequalities and exclusion of young people from qualitative job

On 9 November, the World Bank has launched ‘The Living and Leaving: Housing, Mobility and Welfare in the European Union' report which analyses how the affordability of housing impacts labour productivity, growth and opportunities for citizens in the EU’s 28-member states.

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publication date: 12-11-2018

Barcelona a city for all times of life: a new strategy for demographic change and ageing 2018-2030

Addressing the demographic change and the ageing process, Barcelona has adopted the strategy for ‘A city for all times of life 2018-2030’. The strategic planning process was based on the analysis of the current reality and a demographic forecast, considering short and long-term measures to deliver results. The strategy focuses on the demographics and the changes that the population is facing, on the strategic objectives and values and on the services provided by the city.

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publication date: 12-11-2018

  •  knowledge society

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publication date: 08-11-2018