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.

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Clone Cologne – CIVITAS study visit success story

Learning how Cologne (Germany) is fighting its air quality issues and moving towards decarbonisation was at the core of a recent CIVITAS study visit to the city.

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publication date: 07-06-2019

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  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

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publication date: 06-06-2019

  •  economy
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start date: 24-09-2019
end date: 26-09-2019

  •  economy
  •  environment

Available for streaming: Webinar of the EUROCITIES task-force on the localisation of Sustainable Development Goals (13 May)

We are happy to share with you the recording and the material of the first webinar of the EUROCITIES task-force on the localisation of Sustainable Development Goal. The meeting took place last May 13.

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publication date: 15-05-2019

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start date: 30-07-2019
end date: 30-07-2019

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start date: 04-06-2019
end date: 06-06-2019

  •  economy
  •  environment

Circular city actions in the EU

The Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy presents some of their 12 actions that seek to identify innovative, feasible solutions supporting the circular transition in cities.

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start date: 04-06-2019
end date: 04-06-2019

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

It's au revoir from Cities4Europe

On Europe day, one year after its official launch, it is now time to wrap up and celebrate our Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens campaign!

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publication date: 09-05-2019

Danube compass launched - an integrated information platform for migrants new to the Danube region

The Danube Compass is an online portal to provide information for new inhabitants of the Danube region, many of which are migrants. It contains information about living and working in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The information is available in many different languages.

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publication date: 08-05-2019