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End of roaming charges: presidency strikes a deal with European Parliament

Person holding smartphone © EU

30/06/2015

Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

In the early hours of 30 June 2015, after 12 hours of negotiation, the Latvian presidency reached a provisional deal with the European Parliament on new rules to end mobile phone roaming fees and safeguard open internet access, also known as net neutrality rules.

 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Mr Gunther Oettinger and Mr Anrijs Matiss © EU

12/06/2015

Energy and natural resources, Science and technology, Transport and travel

The presidency briefed ministers on the state of play on the proposals for a telecommunications single market (roaming and net neutrality) currently being negotiated with the European Parliament.

 

Commission replies to "Stop Vivisection" European Citizens' Initiative Choose translations of the previous link 

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03/06/2015

Business, Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

The European Commission today set out the actions it intends to take in response to the 'Stop Vivisection' European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). Whilst, the Commission does share the conviction that animal testing should be phased out in Europe, its approach for achieving that objective differs from the one proposed in this Citizens' Initiative.

 

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

Mr Carlos Moedas and Ms Marite Seile © EU

29/05/2015

Business, Science and technology

The Council discussed the new digital single market strategy and adopted conclusions on the digital transformation of European industry.

 

Unleash innovation to spur growth in Europe Choose translations of the previous link 

Carlos Moedas © EU

07/05/2015

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

Improving Europe's capacity to innovate and be globally competitive requires further efforts to encourage disruptive ideas and foster their commercial up-take. These are some of the conclusions to be drawn from the latest ranking of innovation performance across Europe.

 

A Digital Single Market for Europe: Commission sets out 16 initiatives to make it happen Choose translations of the previous link 

Andrus Ansip and Günther Oettinger © EU

06/05/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

Today, the European Commission unveiled its detailed plans to create a Digital Single Market, thereby delivering on one of its top priorities.

 

Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service Choose translations of the previous link 

Margrethe Vestager © EU

15/04/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area (EEA) by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages.

 

European Commission launches scientific debate on how to feed the planet Choose translations of the previous link 

Tibor Navracsics © EU

13/04/2015

Agriculture, fisheries and food, Science and technology

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on how science and innovation can help the EU ensuring safe, nutritious, sufficient and sustainable food globally.

 

Digital Single Market Strategy: European Commission agrees areas for actionChoose translations of the previous link 

Woman with tablet computer and mobile phone © EU

25/03/2015

Science and technology

The College of Commissioners today had a first discussion on the Digital Single Market Strategy due in May – and set out the main areas the Commission will focus its work on to trigger real changes for consumers and businesses alike.

 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Trains and railways © EU

13/03/2015

Energy and natural resources, Science and technology, Transport and travel

The Council held a public policy debate on two proposals to improve rail services in the EU (fourth railway package). Ministers also discussed ways in which transport policy can boost competitiveness, growth and jobs. 

 

EU research efforts at front line of fight against Ebola Choose translations of the previous link 

Scientist working in an Ebola treatment center © EU

16/01/2015

Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

The European Commission is announcing eight research projects into Ebola that will be funded with a total of €216 million. These projects will develop in particular vaccines and rapid diagnostics tests, which are key to overcoming the current Ebola crisis.

 

The EU’s Centres of Excellence Initiative to tackle safety threats should be carefully nurtured

European Court of Auditors logo © EU

03/12/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Science and technology

The Centres of Excellence initiative refers to the establishment of regional platforms in different regions of the world to tackle chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risks.

 

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 

Students working on computers © EU

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.

 

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

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

 

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Commission proposes major step forward for telecoms single market

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.

 

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New Biocides Regulation improves human health and environmental protection

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.

 

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

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.