CCIC – “COMPLEX CHALLENGES, INNOVATIVE CITIES”
CCIC stands for “COMPLEX CHALLENGES, INNOVATIVE CITIES” and consists of a consortium of 14 European partners from 10 Member states. CCIC has been made possible by INTERREG IVC and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.Nowadays globalization, economic development and growth, as well as the global crisis urgently call for innovations in the public sector. Given the need to increase innovative activities in the face of budget deficits and the need for fiscal constraint in the public sphere, the improvement of the efficiency of existing resources is clear. While innovation studies tend to focus on private sector, public sector innovation remains difficult to define and identify.
CCIC objectives are rooted in EU 2020 strategic priorities, aiming at improving framework conditions and access to finance for research and innovation. In terms of innovation, regions and municipalities have a crucial lead-role.
The CCIC project main objective is: to improve regional policies by enhancing innovation in the public sector and increasing collaboration between local and regional authorities, public entities and other stakeholders. Thus, CCIC aims to increase the levels of innovation in 14 diverse partner-regions.
There are 5 themes which will be translated into policy recommendations:
Innovative financial instruments;
Public procurement and innovation;
Publicly owned enterprises and innovation;
Civil society inclusion in public innovation;
Local/regional blind-spots (horizontal topic).
CCIC has a total budget of €2036969,35 (with an estimated 75% EU co-financing), and the project runs for a period of 36 months, starting in January 2012 and ending in December 2014.