Author: European Council.
Speaking in Brussels last Friday, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas officially proclaimed Amsterdam the new innovation capital of Europe. This special status, which is awarded every two years, comes with €950,000 in prize money. Amsterdam, which is the home of the Netherlands EU Presidency, was nominated for its approach to smart growth, start-ups, liveability and digital social innovation. Two years ago Barcelona was proclaimed the very first ‘iCapital’.
This year’s shortlist included Berlin, Glasgow, Milan, Oxford, Paris, Turin and Vienna. Turin came in second, winning €100,000, and Paris, which came in third, was awarded €50,000. The competition is open to any city with a population of over 100,000.
‘A holistic vision of the city’
Commissioner Moedas said that Amsterdam deserved the title because of its ‘holistic vision of the city’. Robert-Jan Smits, who manages the department of the European Commission that created the prize, congratulated the Dutch capital.
The city facilitates innovation in numerous ways, with an emphasis on openness, creativity, pragmatism and cooperation. This can be seen in the large number of start-ups, high-tech firms, the city’s two renowned universities and the NEMO science centre.
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