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Digital 16-11-2015

EU 'brains' warn about end of free capital markets by 2030

Europe faces daunting years ahead, according to a report by the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS), which looks at major global developments until 2030.
Digital 13-11-2015

Tapscott: There is a very real risk that capitalism can be replaced

Don Tapscott, whose books have been used by Barack Obama, gave a TED-type inspirational speech to senior members of the in-house think tanks of the EU institutions on Thursday (12 November). In his view, either we share wealth, or it will be the end of capitalism.
Digital 29-10-2015

€4-5bn EU digital investment fund needed, France says

France's Minister for the Economy, Emmanuel Macron, insisted on the need for a €4-€5 billion European digital investment fund at the French-German digital conference on Tuesday (27 October). EurActiv France reports.
Digital 27-10-2015

France and Germany push their own digital agenda

François Hollande and Angela Merkel will use a conference at Paris' Élysée Palace today (27 October) to rally support for their vision of the digital single market. EurActiv France reports.
Digital 01-09-2015

EU official: Big data ‘here forever and in all sectors’

The data revolution is so pervasive that it’s hard to predict which sectors of the economy are going to be hit first, said Robert Madelin in an interview with EurActiv. The senior EU official warned lawmakers against being too restrictive on privacy protection, saying it was “utopian” to believe that citizens should always be “enabled to hide”.

Higgins: Digital Single Market strategy needs to safeguard cross-border data flows

For a successful Digital Single Market, European policies need to guard the ICT sector against discrimination and promote transparency, says John Higgins, Director General of DigitalEurope, in an interview with EurActiv Germany.
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Digital 12-06-2015

Digital for Growth: Removing Barriers to Build for Europe's Future

Andrus Ansip, vice-president of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market, delivers the 2015 Guglielmo Marconi Lecture at the European Digital Forum.
Digital 03-06-2015

Europe split on abolition of mobile roaming charges

The European Union's ambition to end mobile roaming charges for citizens travelling across the continent is being stymied by member states backing their national operators, officials say.
Digital 06-05-2015

EU to probe big tech companies in Digital Single Market overhaul

The European Union will announce a wide-ranging probe on Wednesday into how big technology companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook use their market power as it considers whether to regulate them more tightly.
Digital 28-04-2015

Seven concrete steps for Europe to regain leadership in the digital economy

Europe needs to act decisively and clearly if it wants to harness the digital revolution, writes Gunnar Hökmark
Digital 06-04-2015

No Digital Europe without a strong Telecom Single Market

Without more forward looking political leadership and an ambitious Telecoms Single Market, the European digital single market will remain only a virtual reality.
Digital 16-03-2015

German digital fair showcases China relationship

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (15 March) urged closer high-tech cooperation with China as she opened a major IT business fair with the Asian giant as official partner country.
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Digital 12-03-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: How Digital is the EU in 2015?

The European Commission has published new data analysing and ranking how digital EU member states are. The Digital Economy and Society Index 2015 measures digital performance and competitiveness across five dimensions:
Digital 10-03-2015

Betting on Europe’s Digital Future

Europe should learn from history and make better broadband and private investment not only coexist, but form the cornerstone in achieving Europe’s digital agenda.
Digital 06-03-2015

Next wave of innovation waits on 5G connectivity

SPECIAL REPORT / Disruptive innovations were thin on the ground at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress. But an air of expectation is gathering around 5G technology, which promises to deliver the kind of pervasive connectivity required for the 'Internet of Things'.
Digital 03-03-2015

Cause for EU optimism on the digital front

The widespread gloom and doom about Europe’s ability to compete in the digital economy is misplaced, writes Matt Brittin.
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Public Affairs 29-01-2015

EurActory: Who matters in EU policy-making?

Today’s EU policy makers are overwhelmed with information from civil society, business representatives, lobbyists or think tanks.

EU document: Mobile roaming fees should remain until 2018

 Mobile operators such as Vodafone and Orange would be allowed to continue levying roaming charges over the next three years, according to an EU document, defying European lawmakers' proposal to scrap the fees by the end of this year.
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Digital 21-01-2015

Helping Small Businesses Grow Big

David Drummond talks about the challenges and opportunities of small business and entrepreneurs in Europe and the importance of the digital single market as a key driver for growth. David is the Senior Vice-President for Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Google and the Chairman of Google Capital and Google Ventures. He was in Brussels to speak at an event hosted by the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank.
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Digital 20-01-2015

Vince Cable: The Europe I Want, the Europe We Need

“The European Union is part of the solution; not part of the problem” said Vince Cable, in a speech at the Lisbon Council in Brussels on January 20th. The speech, titled "The Europe I Want, the Europe We Need" called for a re-invigorated digital single market. Cable, the British business secretary and Liberal Democrat MP, added that, “digital is central to growth in the European Union” and “we need to be able to show that the internal market works.”
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Digital 20-01-2015

Vince Cable on the Digital Single Market

“The European Union is part of the solution; not part of the problem” said Vince Cable, in a speech at the Lisbon Council in Brussels on January 20th. The speech, titled "The Europe I Want, the Europe We Need" called for a re-invigorated digital single market. Cable, the British business secretary – and Liberal Democrat MP added that, “digital is central to growth in the European Union” and “we need to be able to show that the internal market works.”
Digital 16-01-2015

Ansip: 'Digital Single Market strategy will be ready in May'

SPECIAL REPORT: Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, says he will launch a new digital strategy this Spring, including milestones and methods for monitoring progress effectively in the member states.
Digital 26-11-2014

Jeremy Rifkin: Digital revolution could bind China to Europe

SPECIAL REPORT: Europe needs to capitalise on the Internet of Things to pave the way to the zero-marginal cost industrial economy of the future, according to US economist Jeremy Rifkin, who says China is willing to join it on the journey. ?
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.