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.

Social Affairs Forum digital edition 9-10 November 2020

On 9-10 November 2020, Eurocities held its Social Affairs Forum online on the theme: ‘Cities for just transitions: Supporting local labour markets for an inclusive recovery and fair transition’.

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start date: 09-11-2020
end date: 10-11-2020

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

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publication date: 05-11-2020

  •  economy

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publication date: 16-10-2020

  •  economy
  •  environment

How to … build a resilient, sustainable and circular economy for future generations

Check out the findings from our first workshop in the 'healthy, thriving and inclusive cities' series!

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publication date: 14-10-2020

  •  economy

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start date: 09-10-2020
end date: 09-10-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  environment

The Urban Economy Forum

The Urban Economy Forum is a Toronto-based initiative that focuses on urban economics and municipal finance. Together with UN-Habitat and International City Leaders (ICL), they are collaborating to promote innovative approaches to urban governance and management. The aim is to assist city leaders to establish prosperous urban futures that are economically, socially, politically and environmentally viable. The Urban Economy Forum in collaboration with UN-Habitat is organizing the Second...

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start date: 05-10-2020
end date: 06-10-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Healthy, thriving and inclusive cities workshops series

EUROCITIES Healthy, thriving and inclusive cities workshops series

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publication date: 15-09-2020

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

How cities and regions can collaborate internationally on innovation: Network Effects report launch

Nesta, an UK innovation foundation, will host an event to launch their latest report ‘Network Effects’. The forthcoming paper outlines the crucial role that an intensive dialogue on innovation among cities and regions, at international level, might have in the economic recovery post-COVID-19.

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start date: 24-09-2020
end date: 24-09-2020

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publication date: 27-08-2020