social innovation

Our work around social innovaton focuses on understanding how to foster innovation, evaluate and implement innovative pilot projects. 

Local governments are required to adapt and innovate their services to respond to new and emerging challenges. Social innovation can mean new ways of formulating policies, new organisational models, new legal frameworks, new partnerships and so on.

Cities are best-placed to build the kind of creative, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural thinking needed for a socially cohesive Europe. Local authorities and NGOs working in communities notice social problems as they occur. This gives them a clearer insight and perspective far in advance of national governments or EU institutions. It means they are in a good position to react to these problems and develop innovative and effective solutions to them. This innovation is closely linked to the principle of subsidiarity: giving the people nearest the problem the capacity to resolve them.

Our social affairs forum and our nine Cities for Active Inclusion partners showcase and promote social innovation by exploring creative policies and projects. Members can share their ideas, learn from others and cooperate on joint commitments and action plans. 

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Cities4Europe - Video interviews

On May 7 the Cities4Europe campaign was officially launched. Here you will find video interviews taken at the launch event.

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publication date: 25-05-2018

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European Semester 2018: Commission issues recommendations for member states to achieve sustainable, inclusive and long-term growth

The European Commission publishes today the 2018 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), setting out its economic and social policy guidance for member states for the next 12 months.

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publication date: 24-05-2018

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From Temporary to Cosmopolitan Citizenship: call for papers

The European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes has launched a call for papers for its first edition.

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publication date: 24-05-2018

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  •  environment
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80 Cities4Europe!

80 European cities are ready to involve, inspire and impact!

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publication date: 27-04-2018

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  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
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Cities4Europe - Campaign launch

On 7 May, in partnership with the BOZAR and the city of Brussels, EUROCITIES is organising the European launch event of the ‘Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens’ campaign.

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publication date: 24-04-2018

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73 cities are ready to involve, inspire and impact!

It is time to change the way politics is done in Europe, and cities can play a key role in building a more citizens-focused society.

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publication date: 19-04-2018

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Cities4Europe - Interview with the Mayor of Oulu and the Mayor of Strasbourg

The Mayor of Oulu, Päivi Laajala and the Mayor of Strasbourg Roland Ries have answered our questions on the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign.

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publication date: 17-04-2018

EUROCITIES meets Commissioner Thyssen to discuss working together to implement European Pillar of Social Rights

On 13 April, the mayor of Ghent and president of EUROCITIES, Daniël Termont and deputy mayor of Barcelona and chair of the social affairs forum, Laia Ortiz met with Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen, to discuss how cities and the European Commission can work together on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 16-04-2018

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Supporting social entrepreneurs for social impact

On 11 April, EUROCITIES spoke at Euclid Summit 2018 ‘Growing ecosystems for social impact: everyone’s responsible’ opened by Pauline Krikke the Mayor of The Hague, during the keynote conversation on cities for social change; presenting the key learnings from our report on the role of cities in promoting social entrepreneurship.

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publication date: 16-04-2018

Cities partner up with the Commission to make social rights a reality for all

EUROCITIES president and the chair of its social affairs forum met with EU Commissioner Marianne Thyssen today to discuss progress and opportunities to collaborate on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, one year after its launch. To implement the pillar at the local level, cities need better access to EU financial support, more room for social innovation and more space to meaningfully participate in EU policy-making related to the pillar.

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publication date: 13-04-2018