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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Cities Today: Cities need more support from the EU in light of the coronavirus

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES, shares some thoughts on much needed solidarity at this time, and what cities are already doing to respond both now and for the longer term.

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publication date: 11-05-2020

Take part in our social affairs forum events from home

The EUROCITIES social affairs forum team is organising a series of online events for cities to get involved from home and engage in mutual learning despite closed borders and social distancing.

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publication date: 27-04-2020

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start date: 27-04-2020
end date: 27-04-2020

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publication date: 27-04-2020

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The three Rs

We find ourselves amid a historical crisis with terrifying health implications and obvious socioeconomic consequences. To survive these shocks many of us are taking one day at a time; feeling grateful for our health and those around us. Meanwhile, we must start thinking as soon as possible about post-emergency plans.

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publication date: 21-04-2020

Gijon pledges to the European Pillar of Social Rights

Gijon is the latest city joining the EUROCITIES campaign 'Inclusive Cities for All: Social Rights in My City'. Gijon's Mayor, Ana Gonzalez Rodriguez, signed a strong pledge to gender equality, which is principle 2 of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 08-04-2020

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#EUvsVirus pan-European hackathon

Hackathon organised by the European Commission to combat COVID-19

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start date: 24-04-2020
end date: 26-04-2020

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COVID-19: Cities call for European solidarity

Mayors of big cities across Europe call for cross-border solidarity during the corona crisis. In a joint statement of the network EUROCITIES, they urge strong collaboration between all levels of government.

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publication date: 01-04-2020

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COVID-19: Cities call for European solidarity

Mayors of big cities across Europe call for cross-border solidarity during the corona crisis. In a joint statement of the network EUROCITIES, they urge strong collaboration between all levels of government.

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publication date: 01-04-2020

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EUROCITIES reaction to the Covid-19 emergency

Across Europe, our cities are collaborating to urgently learn from each other’s responses and deal with the crisis in the most effective way.

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publication date: 01-04-2020

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European cities respond to the coronavirus crisis

In the Turkish city of Pendik, police go shopping for the elderly who have to stay at home. London has reserved 300 hotel rooms for homeless people to help them self-isolate, to protect themselves and others against infection. And Barcelona makes advance payments for artists whose shows have been postponed.

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publication date: 24-03-2020

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Apply now for EU grants on social innovation

The European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) is an initiative designed to have significant impact on some of Europe’s most pressing social challenges. The objective of the ESCF is to bring together public and private resources to improve social services to enable people who need support to live as valued and participating members of their communities.

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publication date: 23-03-2020