Public sector innovation leads to European collaborative project

By on 12/10/2012 in Leader, News

Birmingham City Council has joined forces with key cities across Europe to identify new and sustainable ways of providing efficient and effective services to its residents, businesses and workers.

The City Council has signed up to the Complex Challenges, Innovative Cities (CCIC) project, a three year assignment which brings together 14 European project partners.  The aim is to improve regional innovation policies, and increase collaboration within local authorities and stakeholders.

The thinking behind the project is that public sector innovation is about new ideas that work towards creating added public value, focussing on the following themes:

•    innovative financial instruments
•    publicly owned enterprises
•    public procurement
•    innovation and civil society inclusion.

By exchanging good practices, project partners will address a set of common challenges faced by all public authorities that relate to innovation in the public sector.

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore, said: “It is important that the city continues to strengthen its partnership collaborations across Europe. And I see the CCIC project as an excellent example of Birmingham's continued commitment to sustaining and developing EU partnerships and networks.

“I look forward to learning more about examples of good practice, which Birmingham can adopt, as the project progresses.”

Birmingham City Council and Aberdeen City Council are the only UK representatives on the project.   Other participants include Bulgaria (lead partner), Estonia, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden.

Sweden will play host to the next CCIC meeting which takes place this month (October).  Partners will report on exchanges and experiences of good practices, along with stakeholder engagement work undertaken by participants during the summer.

For more information about CCIC, contact or Manjit Bassra on (0121) 303 4873 or Jenny Rice on (0121) 303 2213.


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  1. John Glover says:

    Let’s hope the consortium are using technologies where possible to reduce the carbon footprint of this project. Having been involved in pan-European projects myself, I know how difficult it is to keep travelling to a minimum and managing project and team communications. Check out our blog on this issue: