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. 

7 learnings from the project ‘Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion’

After three years of implementation in Athens, Barcelona, Lisbon, Rotterdam and Stockholm, the Accelerating Change for Social Inclusion (ACSI) project has closed a first phase, leaving a set of powerful learnings to improve similar initiatives in the future.

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publication date: 15-01-2020

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  •  economy
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EU-China cooperation for inclusive and sustainable development

The creation of socially integrative and inclusive cities should become a cornerstone of EU-China cooperation on sustainability. sustainable urban development and the elaboration of comprehensive strategies for socially integrative and inclusive cities should be placed as a permanent topic on the agenda of EU-China policy dialogues.

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publication date: 15-01-2020

Join EUROCITIES initiative 'Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City'

Is your city pursuing inclusive policies? Do you work to ensure social rights for all people in your city? Then join our initiative 'Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City’.

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publication date: 13-01-2020

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“We are the Pragma Party”

Why would the European Commission give cities a seat at the table? Our secretary general, Anna Lisa Boni, speaks to goal 12 of our 100 days campaign.

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publication date: 03-12-2019

  •  economy

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publication date: 19-11-2019

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publication date: 18-11-2019

Highlights from Social Affairs Forum in Warsaw on 22-24 October

The EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum met in Warsaw on 22-24 October 2019 to discuss the topic of ‘Inclusive cities: Ensuring social inclusion & well-being for all ages’. The first paper free forum meeting had a great attendance of 150 participants, from 50 cities including 15 politicians and representatives of European Commission, European Investment Bank, UNICEF, EUROCHILD and beneficiaries of Warsaw’s ESF projects. The two-days meeting offered the opportunity to identify what works to...

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publication date: 05-11-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

EUROCITIES Awards 2019: find out about our inspiring finalists!

With our annual awards just a few weeks away, we'd like to introduce you to the nine projects selected as the very best examples of action transforming the liveability of city centre districts, the social fabric of cities and the repurposing of historic buildings.

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publication date: 24-10-2019

Top city actions to fight poverty and social exclusion

11 more cities have made financial commitments to fight poverty and social exclusion, as part of EUROCITIES ongoing political initiative ‘Inclusive cities for all: social rights in my city’.

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publication date: 23-10-2019