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Coding moves firmly into the mainstream

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Public Affairs 18-10-2016

Journalistic investigation digs into Commissioner Georgieva’s past

A journalistic investigation alleges Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, who was a candidate for UN Secretary General, has skeletons in her closet. The study also suggests that the EU keeps appointing leadership figures without vetting them.
Public Affairs 06-10-2016

Parliament calls for tougher action to stop Commission’s revolving doors

EU lawmakers have demanded the European executive strengthen its code of conduct for Commissioners, following the repeated revolving door scandals involving former members of the Barroso Commission. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 28-09-2016

Panama Papers inquiry sets its sights on Neelie Kroes

The new committee of inquiry into the Panama Papers has voted to stretch its mandate to cover the Bahamas leaks, the latest offshore revelations which directly implicate the former Commissioner Neelie Kroes. EurActiv France reports.
Trade & Society 27-09-2016

EU's ‘anti-leaks strategy’ leaked

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission will launch an “anti-leaks strategy” on Friday (30 September) to prevent key policy documents being circulated to the media, and avoid further “reputational damage” to the EU's flagship institution, has learned.
Euro & Finance 22-09-2016

Commission ready to sanction Kroes after missing her confession

The European Commission said there was "scope" to slap sanctions on its former competition policy chief Neelie Kroes, embroiled in the Bahamas Leaks scandal, after taking five days to react to an e-mail where she confessed having transgressed the rules.
Public Affairs 22-09-2016

Former Commissioner Kroes named in new offshore leak

Former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, once Brussels' most feared corporate watchdog, failed to declare her directorship of an offshore firm, leaked files showed yesterday (21 September).
Public Affairs 14-09-2016

Barroso riles against 'discriminatory' EU in Goldman Sachs row

Former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso on Tuesday (13 September) accused Brussels of discrimination after it ordered an ethics probe into his new role at US investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Digital 02-09-2016

Vestager under fire from predecessor Kroes over Apple ruling

Ex-Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes slammed the EU for concluding that Apple owes Ireland €13 billion, calling the decision “fundamentally unfair”. The European Commission replied that Kroes was wrong, and that she was speaking on behalf of Silicon Valley.
Euro & Finance 19-07-2016

Commission’s private-sector ‘revolving door’ should work in public interest

Former Commission President Barroso’s job offer at Goldman Sachs has prompted outrage. But the real problem is the EU’s lack of transparency and democratic oversight. Interaction with the private sector through the so-called “revolving door” should be encouraged, write Katinka Brouwer, Penelope Bergkamp and Dr Lucas Bergkamp.
Digital 23-02-2016

EU institutions start large-scale move towards cloud services

EU institutions are getting ready to move data to cloud services as part of the first broad, European Commission-backed push for government cloud computing.
Development Policy 11-02-2016

EU internet freedom programme endangered by Commission muddle

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission appears to have shelved a landmark programme that gave out aid money to help human rights workers, protestors and journalists access the internet.

Press freedom: How the EU struggles to match action with values

Press freedom is a reliable barometer of the state of democracy. But the EU’s failure to live up to its own standards undermines its influence on the rest of the world, argues Jean-Paul Marthoz.
Digital 17-02-2015

Oettinger: IT sector needs new 'generation of Shakespeares'

A meeting in Berlin between representatives from European startups and EU decision-makers stirred ignited debate over EU digital policies, with Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger speaking in support of net neutrality and tech-startups, while Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip called for other forms of IT promotion. EurActiv Germany reports.
Public Affairs 21-01-2015

Old Commissioners, new revolving doors

Only three months after the Barroso II Commission left office, some prominent members have already made moves in their professional careers which are putting to test the EU executive’s policy on revolving doors, writes Vicky Cann.
Elections 31-10-2014

EU welcomes Orban's scrapping of Internet tax

The European Commission on Friday welcomed Hungary's decision of scrapping plans to impose a tax on Internet traffic.
Digital 31-10-2014

Outgoing Digital Commissioner: A lot more work is needed to clarify the ‘right to be forgotten’

The EU has to do quite a lot more work to make the “right to be forgotten” clear, says Neelie Kroes. In a wide-ranging interview, she also reflects on the new Juncker Commission and what’s missing from Europe’s digital economy.
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Digital 30-10-2014

Europe under massive virtual cyber attack

SPECIAL REPORT / More than 200 organisations from 25 EU member states are under virtual cyber-attack today  (30 October), as part of the continent’s largest and most complex ever cyber security exercise.
Central Europe 28-10-2014

Commission slams Hungary’s ‘Internet tax’

The outgoing European Commission has delivered an unusually tough statement over a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which has unleashed boisterous protests in Hungary.
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Digital 17-10-2014

Kroes: Coding can become a world language

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Coding is not just for the techies, according to Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes. It will have an increasingly important role in citizens’ everyday lives and that’s just one reason to make sure this global "language" is taught to children at school.
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Digital 16-10-2014

Digital future: a tale of two Europes

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Wide variations in the predicted impact of the digital sector of the future European economy are challenging policymakers' preparation for a radically different jobs market.
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Digital 15-10-2014

Teachers urged to get on board with coding

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Computer coding classes at primary school have to be taught in a more playful way than reading, writing and maths, experts say. 
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Digital 14-10-2014

Five-years-olds learn coding in schools to prepare for future labour market

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Learning basic computer programming is becoming mandatory curriculum in primary schools in some member states, as governments try to prepare already digital native pupils the skills they need for the labour markets of the future.
Digital 13-10-2014

Commission, industry pledge €2.5 billion for big data

The European Commission and Europe's data industry pledged on Monday to invest €2.5 billion in a public-private partnership, aiming to “strengthen the data sector and put Europe at the forefront of the global data race.”
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Digital 13-10-2014

Coding moves firmly into the mainstream

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT: Once seen as the exclusive province of a handful of computer experts, coding has moved firmly into the mainstream as policymakers, educators and business have realised its potential.