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.

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

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start date: 20-10-2020
end date: 20-10-2020

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

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start date: 29-09-2020
end date: 29-09-2020

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

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start date: 08-09-2020
end date: 08-09-2020

  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

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start date: 17-11-2020
end date: 17-11-2020

  •  cooperation

Save the date for EUROCITIES high-level political event on reinforcing social Europe with a strong urban dimension

EUROCITIES will organise a high-level political event online on 30 September to discuss 'Building a stronger social Europe for just transitions: what role for cities?' The event will be co-hosted by the European Commission and the European Parliament.

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start date: 30-09-2020
end date: 30-09-2020

  •  cooperation

Share your views on the future of social Europe

The European Commission has opened a broad public consultation on the future of social Europe. The consultation will gather ideas and recommendations for new policy actions or legal initiatives needed on different levels (EU, national, regional and local) to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 16-07-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  economy

Social Affairs Forum policy updates for May - July 2020

This document presents an overview of EU policy and funding updates relevant to social affairs as well as news from EUROCITIES and from member cities, for the period May - July 2020.

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publication date: 16-07-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Highlights from our WG Children meeting online - cities united to mitigate COVID-19 impact on children

From the disruption of their schooling to their social skills and mental health and well-being, the pandemic has had a strong impact on children and young people. Home-schooling has deepened the inequalities in education and training. Child poverty is increasing in cities and the poorest are the hardest hit. These are some of the conclusions from the recent WG Children meeting held online on 10 July 2020.

news

publication date: 15-07-2020

  •  cooperation

Vienna adopts ambitious strategy for children and youth

Vienna's first children and youth strategy was adopted on 28 May 2020. The strategy aims to make Vienna the most child and youth-friendly city. Among other things, it will anchor a children's and youth budget of 1 million EUR for 2021 as well as a children's and youth parliament.

news

publication date: 15-07-2020

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publication date: 15-07-2020

  •  economy

Webinar 'Diverse Cities facing the COVID-19 crisis: EU Research & Innovation for Inclusive Urban Development'

The Directorate General for Research & Innovation (DG R&I) and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission, in cooperation with the World Economic Forum Covid Action Platform and its initiative Hour of Pride are organising a webinar on COVID-19.

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start date: 07-07-2020
end date: 07-07-2020