Tel Aviv Municipality wins runner-up EU Capital of Innovation

November 8, 2017
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Today, the European Commission awarded the 2017 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) prize, with Tel Aviv Municipality winning joint runner-up.

The 2017 European Capital of Innovation award competition was launched in March 2017 for cities with over 100,000 inhabitants from EU Member States and countries associated to the Horizon 2020 programme. Thirty-two cities from seventeen countries applied to this year’s competition. This year’s winner, Paris, was followed by two runners-up Tallinn (Estonia) and Tel Aviv. The award criteria focused on cities that are willing to be test-beds for new citizen-driven initiatives, to find solutions for their relevant societal challenges.

EU Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret offered his congratulations to Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai and said: “Israel was the first non-EU Member State to be associated to the EU’s research and development programme, now called Horizon 2020, which is the largest public R&D funder in the world. Tel Aviv is a worthy winner of this EU prize and is now an EU capital of innovation. This award shows once again how close the EU and Israel really are.”


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Delegation of the European Union to Israel

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