The awards highlight Lisbon's commitment and achievements in promoting innovation and driving positive change in their communities. The European Capital of Innovation Awards recognise cities that excel in using innovation to address societal challenges and improve the quality of life for their citizens.
The runners-up in the European Capital of Innovation category were Warsaw, Poland, and Lviv, Ukraine, which came first and second respectively.
Linköping, Sweden, took the top spot in the European Emerging Innovative City category. Padua, Italy, and Cork, Ireland, were recognised as the 1st and 2nd runner-up cities.
The awards ceremony was attended by a diverse audience, including key innovation stakeholders from France and Africa. With Lisbon and Linköping taking centre stage as this year's European Capital of Innovation and Rising Innovative City respectively, the recognition underlines their commitment to driving innovation and setting benchmarks for cities across Europe.
At a ceremony in Marseille, France, co-hosted by Aix-Marseille Provence Métropole, the winners were presented with their awards by Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. The event was attended by distinguished guests, including the mayors of the winning cities, Members of the European Parliament and representatives of the city of Haarlem, winner of the Rising Innovative City 2022 award.