The new Trade Secrets Directive is meant to protect businesses from industrial espionage. But it will muzzle whistleblowers on public health and environment issues becuase it puts journalists, scientists and public authorities at risk of being crushed in court by corporations, writes James Thornton.
There is still some way to go, but the Better Regulation Agenda, led by European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, is a great opportunity for Europe to lead the way in smart regulation, writes Oliver Gray.
Europe is flagging in its innovation according to EU statistics that show the US and Asia leading the way. Design is one way that the bloc can help to nudge itself ahead again, according to Annabella Coldrick.
The European Commission's Digital Single Market proposals, due out on 6 May, promises to remove barriers for a more robust Internet economy in Europe. However, it may actually create a new digital “Fortress Europe”, argues Dean Garfield.
Europe’s manufacturing sector has always been the envy of the world in delivering high quality products. With the digital transformation of Industry – or Industry 4.0 - it now has the potential to lead the world in a new kind of tech transformation, writes Erich Clementi.