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. 

Call for website development services - Employment and Social Innovation programme

EUROCITIES is looking for companies to develop the website of the ‘Inclusive Cities for All’ initiative', as part of the EUROCITIES work programme for social inclusion financed under the EU Programme for EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) 2018-2021.

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publication date: 12-06-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

European Business Summit: The Future of Europe Depends on its Cities

Our cities are the places where the fight against climate change becomes real, where technological innovation can help boost the digital transformation, and where equal and inclusive societies are made.

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publication date: 07-06-2019

  •  cooperation

UFGC: The change Europe needs

We want the European institutions to work with us as partners in decision making, to let us shape policy where it matters – at the level of the citizen, says Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES in this blog for the Urban Future Global Conference.

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publication date: 07-06-2019

  •  economy

Cities Today: How Nantes is driving innovation at the local level

Cities can play a decisive role in shaping innovation, says André Sobczak, chair of EUROCITIES Economic Development Forum. At the forum's recent meeting in Florence, which focusses on local innovation systems, Simone d'Antonia asked André some questions.

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publication date: 05-06-2019

  •  economy

Interview with André Sobczak, deputy mayor, Nantes

André Sobczak chairs EUROCITIES Economic Development Forum, as well as representing Nantes as the deputy mayor in charge of EU policies.

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publication date: 05-06-2019

  •  cooperation

Euractiv: A city leaders agenda for Europe

EUROCITIES second mayors summit called on European and national leaders to commit to carbon neutrality by 2050, boost the digital transformation across the EU and recognise the vital contribution of cities to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 28-05-2019

Call for external evaluator - Employment and Social Innovation programme

EUROCITIES is looking for an external evaluator to assess the impact of our mutual learning activities under the Employment and Social Inclusion (EaSI) operating grant 2019. If you have an interest in social exclusion issues and experience in impact assessment, we hope to hear from you by 13 June.

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publication date: 22-05-2019

  •  economy
  •  environment

Available for streaming: Webinar of the EUROCITIES task-force on the localisation of Sustainable Development Goals (13 May)

We are happy to share with you the recording and the material of the first webinar of the EUROCITIES task-force on the localisation of Sustainable Development Goal. The meeting took place last May 13.

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publication date: 15-05-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

It's au revoir from Cities4Europe

On Europe day, one year after its official launch, it is now time to wrap up and celebrate our Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens campaign!

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publication date: 09-05-2019

Danube compass launched - an integrated information platform for migrants new to the Danube region

The Danube Compass is an online portal to provide information for new inhabitants of the Danube region, many of which are migrants. It contains information about living and working in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The information is available in many different languages.

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publication date: 08-05-2019