Amsterdam Named Europe’s Innovation Capital
The Dutch city edges out Turin and Paris for European Commission award
The city of Amsterdam was recently awarded the European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) award 2016 by the European Commission.
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Amsterdam fully deserves to be our European Capital of Innovation for its holistic vision of innovation in and for the city. But the competition was very tough and the outstanding achievements of the all nine shortlisted cities are an inspiration to others. They are shining examples of how cities can put innovation to work to improve the way people live and businesses work.”
Edging out Turin and Paris for the top spot, Amsterdam was noted for its innovative approach to governance, economics, social inclusion, and quality of life.
The award also includes a prize of more than one million dollars for Amsterdam to use towards expanding the city’s innovation efforts.
Source: European Commission