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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An EU recovery powered by cities

Cities have been the hardest hit by the crisis. During the pandemic, cities have dealt with unprecedented urban challenges. It is where the need to tackle poverty, inequality and discrimination is the most urgent. At the same time, local public budgets have been eroded due to declining tax revenues and sharp increase in demand for social services and income support. With many local businesses, shops and cultural venues facing bankruptcy, unemployment is increasing.

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publication date: 12-06-2020

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  •  culture
  •  economy
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Mayors call for a new pact between the EU and cities

“If we get it right in cities, we will get it right for Europe” Cities want to play an active role in Europe’s recovery after the corona pandemic. Mayors of major European cities offered a ‘new pact between the EU and city leadership’ to overcome the impacts of the crisis. In meetings with the European Commission’s Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans and Commissioners Paolo Gentiloni and Johannes Hahn on Friday, the mayors proposed to involve city governments more in the EU recovery...

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publication date: 12-06-2020

  •  cooperation
  •  culture

Cultural heritage leading urban futures - ROCK Open Knowledge Week

The ROCK project, in which EUROCITIES is a partner together with 10 member cities, invites you to join its Open Knowledge Week, a virtual journey and interactive online experience on an extremely timely topic: cultural heritage leading urban futures.

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start date: 27-10-2020
end date: 30-10-2020

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Open Access Government: Re-imagining our urban future in light of COVID-19

Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES enlightens us on the salient points when it comes to re-imagining our urban future in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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publication date: 04-06-2020

  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

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publication date: 26-05-2020

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  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
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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

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  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
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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 Commission 100 days: 'Get things done with cities'

Major European cities have offered the European Commission to join forces in key areas like climate change, digital transformation and social inclusion. “A closer cooperation with cities will enable faster progress,” said Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general of the cities network Eurocities, in a statement after the first hundred days of the Commission. “Cities are needed to get things done.”

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publication date: 09-03-2020

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  •  environment
  •  knowledge society

NEW DATES for our Social Affairs Forum on cities in transition - how to drive a fair and inclusive recovery?

You are kindly invited to save the new dates for our Social Affairs Forum in Zagreb on 9-10 November. The theme we will discuss is: ‘Cities in transition: green, digital and social changes – How do we drive a fair and inclusive recovery?'

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