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On 23 June 2016 citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU).

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28/02/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

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.

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08/02/2017 - Research and innovation

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.

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10/01/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation

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.

14/12/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Energy, environment and climate / Research and innovation
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01/12/2016 - Employment and social rights / Research and innovation

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. 

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29/11/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Research and innovation

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.

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26/10/2016 - Research and innovation

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. 

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18/10/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health / EU regional and urban development / Research and innovation

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.

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21/09/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

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.

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14/07/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Research and innovation

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.

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12/07/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation

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.

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06/07/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation / Security and defence

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.

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05/07/2016 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation / Security and defence

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.

15/06/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation
Karen White, Monika Bickert, Vĕra Jourová, Cornelia Kutterer, and Lie Junius © EU
31/05/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation

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.

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27/05/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Research and innovation

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. 

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19/04/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Research and innovation

Delivering on its Strategy to create a Digital Single Market, the Commission today unveiled its plans to help European industry, SMEs, researchers and public authorities make the most of new technologies.

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14/04/2016 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation

New EU data protection rules which aim to give citizens back control of their personal data and create a high, uniform level of data protection across the EU fit for the digital era was given their final approval by MEPs.

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