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(24 September 2020) - The city of Leuven in Belgium is the European Capital of Innovation 2020, the Commission announced today at the European Research and Innovation Days.

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The title was awarded to Leuven in recognition of its “excellent innovation concepts as well as its processes and governance models that enable ideas come to life.”

The prize comes with a €1 million cash prize funded by Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.

The other five runner-up cities – Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Espoo (Finland), Helsingborg (Sweden), Valencia (Spain) and Vienna (Austria) – will receive €100,000 each to promote and scale up their innovation practices.

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