Spotlight on the EUROCITIES awards winners - new case studies!

  • economy
  • environment
  • mobility

We have published case studies on the award winning projects from Edinburgh, Gothenburg and Milan.

Edinburgh, Gothenburg and Milan were announced as the three winners of the EUROCITIES awards at a ceremony in Malmo on 4 November. We have now published case studies on each of the winning projects, which you can find at the links below. We will also be publishing case studies on the shortlisted projects in the months to come. The awards were presented in three categories: cooperation, innovation and participation. 

Cooperation - Entrepreneurial Västra Hisingen, Gothenburg

Gothenburg's project challenges established truths about entrepreneurial learning to support a multicultural district with high unemployment and low aspirations. The West Hisingen district is divided into two distinct areas: one with a mainly native Swedish population and a strong business tradition; and the other with a rapidly growing community of immigrants, characterised by low levels of education and high unemployment. 

The city recognised the need to break the cycle of disengagement and poverty and help citizens to develop their competence and confidence. 

The project aims to stimulate start ups, improve the growth and survival rates of existing businesses, and embed entrepreneurship into schools. It comprises a range of services available in different languages, such as workshops, courses, and personal guidance. There are also networking spaces for new entpreneurs, and a special business development programme for established entrepreneurs. 

The project also focused on developing entrepreneurial competencies and the employability potential of young people by working with schools. 

In addition, it has adapted to help refugees arriving from Syria by introducing a fast-track programme for Syrian entrepreneurs. 

Read all about the project in our case study, available here

Innovation - Fewer cars, more shared spaces, better quality of life for all, Milan

Milan's groundbreaking mobility strategy is rising to the city's congestion challenge. Milan has one of the highest rates of car ownership in Europe, which prompted its innovative integrated mobility sharing scheme. 

The first of three privately managed free-floating car sharing schemes was introduced in August 2013, giving users the flexibility to pick up and drop off cars wherever they wish. Milan now has 2,000 sharing cars on its streets, all easily located by mobile app. This includes 100 electric cars, which can be monitored and charged by the scheme providers, and supported by a network of 'digital islands' for charging. 

The popularity of cycling in the city continues to grow, with a first bike sharing scheme introduced in 2008, followed in 2014 by an electric bike scheme. In 2015, the city introduced a scooter sharing programme, allowing all members of the car sharing scheme to rent scooters and receive free driver training for this cheaper, greener form of transport. 

The city has also had a congestion charge zone since 2012, introduced following a referendum indicating popular demand. As a result of these measures, Milan has seen road congestion drop by 28%. The city has reinvested revenues from the congestion charge zone into public transport and the reuse of public spaces as culturel and creative pedestrian areas. 

Find out more in our case study, available here

Participation - Edinburgh in Bloom, Edinburgh 

Edinburgh is setting a new standard for conserving and enhancing its historic and natural environments in imaginative and sustainable ways. Edinburgh in Bloom was conceived as a way of expanding the scale and impact of the city's improvement work by coordinating ideas and resources of different groups working on horticultural and environmental projects around the city. This approach enabled groups to work together towards common goals instead of in isolation, and activities could be aligned with city plans, such as the Sustainable Edinburgh 2020 strategy. 

The central committee responsible for coordinating the campaign is made up of civic decision makers, land managers, community groups, charities and external organisations, including Edinburgh University. The committee is tasked with getting the whole city involved in environmental improvements. It works with local groups, organisations, businesses and residents to stimulate interest in looking after their city, develop and support ideas, and facilitate partnerships. 

The range of projects includes competitions for children to grow vegetables, and schemes to match residents who are unable to manage their gardens with volunteers looking for space to grow food and flowers. 

The Edinburgh in Bloom campaign has promoted other ideas, such as Edinburgh Living Landscapes, which has helped turn 70 grassland spaces into wildlife meadows. 

Edinburgh in Bloom continues to grow and develop: read more in our case study, available here