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European Commission and data industry launch €2.5 billion partnership to master big data Choose translations of the previous link 

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13/10/2014

Business, Science and technology

The European Commission and Europe's data industry have committed to invest €2.5 billion in a public-private partnership (PPP) that aims to strengthen the data sector and put Europe at the forefront of the global data race.

 

Telecoms: Commission to cut number of regulated markets in Europe Choose translations of the previous link 

Neelie Kroes © EU

09/10/2014

Business, Science and technology

Today the European Commission – in agreement with Member States - decided that two telecom markets should no longer be subject to regulation in Europe, and that two more should be redefined to reflect market and technology developments. The rules take effect immediately.

 

Horizon Report urges schools to tackle 'wicked' digital skills challenge Choose translations of the previous link 

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02/10/2014

Culture, education and youth, Science and technology

Low digital skills and competences among school pupils and the need to integrate effective use of information and communication technologies into teacher training are among the most pressing challenges faced by European school education today, according to a report.

 

Council discusses Europe's industrial competitiveness

Maire Geoghegan-Quinn and Stefania Giannini © EU

26/09/2014

Business, Science and technology

Meeting in Brussels, ministers in charge of competitiveness looked at ways of strengthening industry in the EU and discussed the forthcoming review of Europe's 2020 strategy, which is the EU's 10-year plan for growth and competitiveness.

 

EU Science and Technology Flagships pick up steam - final inclusive structure announcedChoose translations of the previous link 

Neelie Kroes © EU

16/09/2014

Science and technology

The European Commission published a report on its ambitious science and technology Flagships. The report draws the lessons from setting up the first two such Flagships, Graphene and the Human Brain Project, each representing an investment of EUR 1 billion. 

 

Commission announces €100 million Fast Track to Innovation and five innovation prizesChoose translations of the previous link 

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22/07/2014

Science and technology

The European Commission presents details of a new €100 million "Fast Track to Innovation" (FTI) pilot action and five innovation prizes under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme.

 

New report on state of EU Telecommunications marketsChoose translations of the previous link 

Women with tablet computer and smart phone © EU

22/07/2014

Science and technology

The report covers a variety of regulatory issues: market regulation, broadband plans and financing, national regulatory rights of way and access to passive infrastructure, access and interconnection, consumer issues, universal service and net neutrality.

 

Call for local, regional and national leaders to take advantage of new EU broadband funding and support Choose translations of the previous link 

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10/07/2014

Regions and local development, Science and technology

The European Commission launches its “Connected Communities” initiative – an umbrella for several systems designed to connect towns, cities, local broadband partnerships and operators to the advice they need to access finance and develop tailored business models.

 

EU-industry partnerships seek innovation boost with first €1 billion for projects Choose translations of the previous link 

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn © EU

09/07/2014

Business, Science and technology

Research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and Member States presented their first calls for projects and partners under Horizon 2020, the EU's €80 billion research and innovation programme.

 

Commission urges governments to embrace potential of Big Data Choose translations of the previous link 

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02/07/2014

Science and technology

Data collection and exploitation is a growing phenomenon; in response to industry and grassroots demands the European Commission is calling on national governments to wake-up to this “big data” revolution.

 

Faster, better public services for business and citizens as Commission proposes push to sweep away e-barriers Choose translations of the previous link 

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26/06/2014

Business, Science and technology

The Commission adopts a proposal for a new programme that will help Member States to modernise their administrations and provide interoperable digital services at national and European level.

 

Commission points to innovation reforms to sustain economic recovery Choose translations of the previous link 

Olli Rehn and Máire Geoghegan Quinn © EU

10/06/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

The European Commission has highlighted the importance of research and innovation (R&I) investments and reforms for economic recovery in the European Union, and made proposals to help EU Member States maximise the impact of their budgets at a time when many countries still face spending constraints.

 

The EU 2014 Digital Scoreboard: how did you fare? Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman using tablet computer © EU

28/05/2014

Business, Science and technology

New data shows the Commission is on track to 95 of its 101 digital actions by 2015, which shows good progress. EU citizens and businesses are going online more, shopping more and they have greater confidence and skills in ICT.

 

Council agrees its position on the protection of trade secrets

Michel Barnier and Antonio Tajani © EU

26/05/2014

Business, Science and technology

At the Competitiveness Council, EU ministers adopted the position on the improved protection of trade secrets. This paves the way to starting negotiations with the European Parliament.

 

EU eyes oceans innovation as source of sustainable growth Choose translations of the previous link 

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Maria Damanaki © EU

08/05/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food, Science and technology

The Commission has presented an Action Plan for Innovation in the 'Blue Economy' to help use ocean resources sustainably and drive growth and jobs in Europe.

 

Healthcare in your pocket: unlocking the potential of mHealthChoose translations of the previous link 

Man using tablet computer © EU

10/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

The European Commission is launching a consultation on #mHealth or mobile health, asking for help in finding ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient monitoring devices and other wireless devices.

 

European Commission calls for tough standards to regulate civil drones Choose translations of the previous link 

Siim Kallas © EU

08/04/2014

Science and technology, Transport and travel

The new standards will cover safety, security, privacy, data protection, insurance and liability. The aim is to allow European industry to become a global leader in the market for this emerging technology, while at the same time ensuring that all the necessary safeguards are in place.

 

Ensure open access for internet service suppliers and ban roaming fees, say MEPs

Woman with tablet computer and mobile phone © EU

03/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

Internet access providers would be barred from blocking or slowing down selected services for economic or other reasons by the latest draft EU “telecoms package” legislation voted by Parliament.

 

MEPs push for common charger for all mobile phones

Mobile phones on display © EU

13/03/2014

Science and technology

A common charger should be developed for all mobile phones sold in the EU, to reduce waste, costs and hassle for users, said MEPs voting on an update to EU radio equipment laws.

 

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MEPs tighten up rules to protect personal data in the digital era

12/03/2014

Justice and citizens rights, Science and technology

MEPs inserted stronger safeguards for EU citizens’ personal data that gets transferred to non-EU countries in a major overhaul of the EU’s data protection laws voted on Wednesday.

 

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The €63 billion app boom. Nearly 5 million jobs in European app sector by 2018, says EU report

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.

 

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Commission to pursue role as honest broker in future global negotiations on Internet Governance

12/02/2014

Science and technology

In the wake of large-scale Internet surveillance and reduced trust in the internet, the European Commission proposes a key reform to the way the Internet is managed and run.

 

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New connected car standards put Europe into top gear

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.

 

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European Cybercrime Centre – one year on

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.

 

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Commission sets out an action plan to support the development of blue energy

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.

 

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Horizon 2020 launched with €15 billion over first two years

11/12/2013

Science and technology

The European Commission has for the first time presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme.

 

Mr Evaldas GUSTAS, Lithuanian Minister for Economy © EUpdf

Council adopts "Horizon 2020": the EU's research and innovation programme for 2014-2020

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.

 

Employee at work in laboratory © EU

Horizon 2020 research programme: more support for small firms and new players

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.

 

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ERA progress report: 'single market' for research closer, not yet a reality

23/09/2013

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

 

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Commission proposes major step forward for telecoms single market

11/09/2013

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.

 

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New Biocides Regulation improves human health and environmental protection

30/08/2013

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.

 

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EU and industry join forces to invest €22 billion in research and innovation

10/07/2013

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.