Links to related pages: Video presentations of each city | News Alert | Video recording of the ceremony | Interviews with Commissioner Moedas and the winners | Photos from the ceremony | Commissioner Moedas' speech On 8 April 2016, the European Commission awarded the title of European Capital of Innovation ("i Capital") 2016 to Amsterdam for its holistic vision of innovation related to four areas of urban life: governance, economics, social inclusion, and quality of life.Amsterdam was chosen by a panel of independent experts in a close competition with eight more finalists.
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Participant cities will be judged on the extent to which they allow citizens to experiment and ensure the uptake of their ideas.
Three cash prizes will be awarded to the best city initiatives creating the right environment to innovate: Read more: Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016 - 2017 More detailed 'rules of contest' will be published in early 2017, watch this space!
The nine cities shortlisted for the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016 presented their cities' achievements at the award ceremony on 8 April. Read the News Alert Watch the ceremony and interviews with winners Photos from the ceremony The nine cities shortlisted for the European Capital of Innovation Awards 2016 were announced on 21 January 2016.
These finalists were chosen by a high-level jury of independent experts from 36 applications.
The Congress addresses at a practical level how chambers can serve, strengthen, and support their member companies.
This exciting event assembles a global community of more than 12,000 chambers of commerce, their leading business members, and influential world leaders.
United under the theme "Community, Identity, Vision", more than 1,600 chamber delegates from 120 countries are expected to attend the much awaited Congress together with business and civil society leaders.
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