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The Council held a debate on the implementation of the space strategy for Europe and adopted conclusions setting out its priorities. Ministers also agreed on a general approach to reform the system of type-approval and market surveillance for motor vehicles.
The abolition of retail roaming surcharges, now scheduled for 15 June 2017, will enable consumers to call text and use mobile data for the same cost at home and while travelling in another EU country, and transfer data across borders from another EU member state for the same cost as at home.
On 1 March the newly established European Reference Networks (ERNs) will start their work. ERNs are unique and innovative cross-border cooperation platforms between specialists for the diagnosis and treatment of rare or low prevalence complex diseases.
Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the EU, according to the agreement reached by negotiators of the European Parliament, the Member States and the European Commission.
The measures presented today aim to update current rules, extending their scope to all electronic communication providers. They also aim to create new possibilities to process communication data and reinforce trust and security in the Digital Single Market.
The Commission is launching the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, together with Member States, companies, social partners, NGOs and education providers, to help meet the high demand for digital skills in Europe which are essential in today's job market and society.
The Council adopted conclusions on measures to support early stage researchers and raise the attractiveness of scientific careers. It also agreed on a general approach to ban unjustified geo-blocking within the internal market and assessed the progress made on the single market strategy one year after its launch.
The European space industry is strong and competitive, creating jobs and business opportunities for entrepreneurs. Today's proposal for a new space policy will foster new services and promote Europe's leadership in space.
The Commission has presented a proposal for a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area - PRIMA. The first partnership of its kind in the Mediterranean basin aims to develop much-needed novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production.
As announced by President Juncker in his State of the Union Address, Members of the College today discussed a revised draft of the rules needed to avoid abuses of the end of roaming charges in time for June 2017.
The Commission presents a package of measures to accelerate the transition to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe.
The main findings are that EU innovation is catching up with Japan and the US, Sweden is once again the innovation leader, and Latvia has become the fastest growing innovator.
Today the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. This new framework protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the United States as well as bringing legal clarity for businesses relying on transatlantic data transfers.
Firms supplying essential services, e.g. for energy, transport, banking and health, or digital ones, such as search engines and cloud services, will have to improve their ability to withstand cyber-attacks under the first EU-wide rules on cybersecurity, approved by MEPs on Wednesday.
The Commission today launches a new public-private partnership on cybersecurity that is expected to trigger €1.8 billion of investment by 2020. This is part of a series of new initiatives to better equip Europe against cyber-attacks and to strengthen the competitiveness of its cybersecurity sector.
The Commission together with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft (“the IT companies”) today unveil a code of conduct that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of illegal hate speech online in Europe.
Following a debate on open science, the Council adopted conclusions on the transition towards an open science system. It also adopted conclusions on the lessons learnt from 7th research framework programme and the future outlook and on the creation of a friendly regulatory environment for research and innovation.