The European Union is responding to the global economic crisis through actions on different levels.
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13/02/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Science and technology
The EU's app sector has gone from zero to digital superhero in less than five years. By 2018 it could employ 4.8 million people and contribute €63 billion to the EU economy according to a report presented in Brussels. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
12/02/2014 - Science and technology
12/02/2014 - Science and technology / Transport and travel
Two European standards organisations, ETSI and CEN, confirmed that the basic set of standards requested by the European Commission to make connected cars a reality has been fully completed.
10/02/2014 - Justice and citizens rights / Science and technology
What are the main future cybercrime threats on the horizon? And how has the European Cybercrime Center (EC3) contributed to protect European citizens and businesses since its launch in January 2013? These questions are at the core of an EC3 report presented today. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
20/01/2014 - Energy and natural resources / Science and technology
The action plan should help drive forward this nascent 'blue energy' sector towards full industrialisation. Ocean energy covers all technologies to harvest the renewable energy of our seas and oceans other than offshore wind. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
11/12/2013 - Science and technology
03/12/2013 - Science and technology
Horizon 2020 will replace the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), which runs until the end of 2013. Compared with FP7, the new programme is expected to further eliminate fragmentation in the fields of scientific research and innovation. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
21/11/2013 - Science and technology
Horizon 2020, the EU's €70.2 billion framework programme for research and innovation in 2014-2020, was approved by MEPs. |VIDEO|
23/09/2013 - Science and technology
The report provides a factual base for assessing progress in target areas like open and fair recruitment of researchers or better circulation of scientific knowledge
11/09/2013 - Science and technology
The “Connected Continent” legislative package, when adopted, will reduce consumer charges, simplify red tape faced by companies, and bring a range of new rights for both users and service providers, so that Europe can once again be a global digital leader.
30/08/2013 - Environment, consumers and health / Science and technology
A new Regulation on biocidal products applying from 1st September will significantly increase the safety and simplify the authorisation procedure of biocides used and placed on the market in the EU.
10/07/2013 - Business / Science and technology
The European Commission, EU Member States and European industry will invest more than €22 billion over the next seven years in innovation for sectors that deliver high quality jobs. |PHOTOS|
10/06/2013 - Energy and natural resources / Science and technology / Transport and travel
28/05/2013 - Science and technology
Almost half of EU citizens (46%) now go online to look for a job, use the public library, file a tax return, register a birth, apply for a passport or use other eGovernment services.
24/04/2013 - Environment, consumers and health / Science and technology
The Commission wants to explore what this convergence of technology and content could mean for Europe's economic growth and innovation, cultural diversity, and consumers (especially those that may need protection, such as children.) |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
26/03/2013 - Science and technology
Innovation performance in the EU has improved year on year in spite of the continuing economic crisis, but the innovation divide between Member States is widening. This is the result of the European Commission Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013, a ranking of EU Member States.
28/02/2013 - Science and technology
The European Commission proposed measures to keep Europe's space industry competitive and to set up a European satellite collision avoidance system.
07/02/2013 - Justice and citizens rights / Science and technology
The cybersecurity strategy – "An Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace" - represents the EU's comprehensive vision on how best to prevent and respond to cyber disruptions and attacks. This is to further European values of freedom and democracy and ensure the digital economy can safely grow.
25/01/2013 - Science and technology
The Commission is issuing a call to action to companies, governments, educators, social partners, employment service providers and civil society to join us in a massive effort to "turn the tide". Young Europeans should have the tools to enter digital careers or to create jobs as entrepreneurs.
18/12/2012 - Science and technology
The priorities follow a comprehensive policy review and place new emphasis on the most transformative elements of the original 2010 Digital Agenda for Europe.
07/12/2012 - Environment, consumers and health / Science and technology
The European Commission has unveiled an Action Plan to address barriers to the full use of digital solutions in Europe's healthcare systems. The goal is to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients, give patients more control of their care and bring down costs.
06/12/2012 - Business / Science and technology
In the face of the continuing economic and financial crisis, major EU-based firms continue to rely on R&D for their competitive edge. They increased R&D investment by 8.9% in 2011, up from 6.1% in 2010.
03/12/2012 - Energy and natural resources / Science and technology / Transport and travel
The Ministers of the Energy Council adopted conclusions on renewable energy, which outline options for future action, in particular in order to facilitate long-term planning for industry and investors.
03/12/2012 - Employment and social rights / Science and technology
The Commission's proposal for a Directive on the accessibility of public sector bodies' websites would introduce mandatory EU standardised accessibility features, from the end of 2015, for 12 types of websites.
05/11/2012 - Science and technology
The decision makes it mandatory for Member States to open the relevant spectrum by 30 June 2014 at the latest, and lays down harmonised technical conditions to allow coexistence between different technologies.
17/10/2012 - Environment, consumers and health / Science and technology
The proposal aims to make sure all market players comply with the rules regarding the avoidance of interference, so that consumers do not have problems when opening car doors, monitoring their babies or listening to radio.
11/10/2012 - Science and technology
The countdown has started for the launch of Galileo's third and fourth satellites —scheduled for 12 October 2012 at 18:15 UTC from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
04/10/2012 - Justice and citizens rights / Science and technology
Cyber Europe 2012 runs alongside European Cyber Security Month and is the second EU-wide cyber-attack simulation exercise organised by Member States, the Commission and ENISA.
03/10/2012 - Science and technology
The European Commission adopted a communication on the second regulatory review on nanomaterials, which also includes the Commission’s plans to improve EU law to ensure the safe use of nanomaterials.
26/09/2012 - Science and technology
A special 3D microchip, being designed by an EU-funded research project, looks set to drastically cut the electricity and the installation costs of servers in cloud computing data centres, cementing Europe's place as the home of green computing.
26/09/2012 - Science and technology
To ensure that these devices serve the needs and ensure the safety of European citizens, the European Commission proposed two regulations which are fit for purpose, more transparent and better adapted to scientific and technological progress.
18/09/2012 - Science and technology
The European Commission, industry and academia have agreed to launch a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Robotics, to help Europe-based companies take a larger share of the €15.5 billion annual global robotics market.
17/09/2012 - Science and technology
The European Commission has set out a new strategy for developing international cooperation in research and innovation. The strategy proposes to further focus cooperation on EU strategic priorities while maintaining the tradition of openness to third country participation in EU research.
03/09/2012 - Science and technology
The European Commission unveiled plans to deal with the exponential growth in mobile and wireless data traffic by enabling wireless technologies, including broadband, to share the use of the radio spectrum.
20/08/2012 - Business / Science and technology
Top EU businesses expect their investments in research and development to grow by an average of 4% annually over the period 2012 to 2014, according to a Commission survey of some of Europe's companies that invest the most in R&D.
26/07/2012 - Science and technology
Vice President Antonio Tajani launched in Brussels the European Data Access Service (EDAS) - a new commercial service of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) – designed to make satellite navigation in Europe more reliable and thus more effective for use in commercial applications in difficult surroundings.
17/07/2012 - Science and technology
The European Commission has set out concrete steps Member States should take to achieve the European Research Area (ERA), a Single Market for research and innovation in Europe. The goal is to enable researchers, research institutions and businesses to better move, compete and co-operate across borders.
09/07/2012 - Science and technology
The European Commission has announced the final and biggest ever set of calls for proposals for research under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In total, €8.1 billion will support projects and ideas that will boost Europe's competitiveness and tackle issues such as human health, protecting the environment and finding new solutions to growing challenges linked to urbanisation and managing waste.
26/06/2012 - Science and technology
The European Commission tabled its strategy to boost the industrial production of KETs-based products, e.g. innovative products and applications of the future. The strategy aims to keep pace with the EU’s main international competitors, restore growth in Europe and create jobs in industry, at the same time addressing today's burning societal challenges.
18/06/2012 - Science and technology
Greater data consumption and a shift to mobile technologies (such as smartphones) and mobile services (such as 3G internet, music streaming and webmail) are the most significant trends in the information & communications technologies (ICT) sector, which now accounts for 8 million jobs and 6% of EU GDP.
04/06/2012 - Science and technology
The proposed Regulation will ensure people and businesses can use their own national electronic identification schemes (e-IDs) to access public services in other EU countries where e-IDs are available.
30/05/2012 - Science and technology
The new legislation revises the current regulation, which will expire on 30 June 2012, by introducing pro-competitive structural measures and extending its validity until 30 June 2022.
10/05/2012 - Science and technology
The cost of using mobile phones, smartphones and tablets when travelling abroad within the EU will fall sharply from 1 July this year, under an agreement with the Council endorsed by Parliament.
07/05/2012 - Science and technology
The AVMSD enables the free circulation of audiovisual content and meets important public policy objectives such as banning incitement to hatred, protecting minors from harmful content and promoting European audiovisual works.
02/05/2012 - Science and technology
The internet was not designed with children in mind, but today 75% of children use the internet, a third of them on mobiles. The new strategy is to build up the market for interactive, creative and educational content online.
28/03/2012 - Justice and citizens rights / Science and technology
It is estimated that, worldwide, more than one million people become victims of cybercrime every day.The European Commission proposed to establish a European Cybercrime Centre to help protect European citizens and businesses against these mounting cyber-threats.
28/03/2012 - Science and technology
Data roaming and phone calls abroad should be much cheaper this summer thanks to a deal provisionally agreed by MEPs and the Danish Presidency of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday evening.
26/03/2012 - Science and technology / Statistics
On the occasion of the e-skills week, which will take place from 26-30 March 2012, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, publishes data on university graduates in computing and computer skills of individuals.
29/02/2012 - Science and technology
The public-private partnerships aim to improve sustainable agriculture and access to raw materials. A plan for an active ageing innovation partnership, launched as a pilot in 2011, is also endorsed.
28/02/2012 - Science and technology
A completed internal market for electronic communications could boost the EU’s gross domestic product by up to €110bn a year, says study. It also suggests measures to tackle the remaining obstacles.
13/02/2012 - Science and technology
The strategy aims to shift the EU towards a greater use of renewable bio-resources. The goal is a more innovative and low emissions economy.
07/02/2012 - Science and technology
EU makes progress, but growth slowing. This trend highlights the need to increase efforts if Europe’s economy is to maintain global competitiveness.