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05/05/2016

China blames terrorism, economic slowdown for the steel crisis

Innovation & Industry


Emissions trading should not be a scapegoat for steel industry

Scapegoating climate protection is not only factually wrong, it will also prevent the German and European steel industry from gearing up for the future, writes Annalena Baerbock.
Digital 02-05-2016

Net neutrality: Guidelines or straitjackets?

Depending on how the net neutrality regulation is implemented, it could have some serious adverse consequences, particularly for consumers, writes Robert Kenny.

REACH ‘monster’ will devour EU innovation, chemical industry warns

Chemical industry lobbyists have stepped up their criticism of Europe’s REACH chemical safety regulation, branding the law “a monster” that “will devour” the industry’s ability to innovate.
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Digital 29-04-2016

Ex-DARPA chief: 'Innovation with no goals is not efficient'

SPECIAL REPORT / Ken Gabriel has dedicated his life to innovation and entrepreneurship at Google, and the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). For Gabriel innovation boils down to “satisfying an unmet need”.
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EIT boss: ‘There is a new focus on measuring results’

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Institute of Technology has come under heavy criticism from EU auditors, who flagged a “lack of tangible results” in a recent report. But most issues have now largely been addressed, assures Martin Kern, who promises a new focus on results.
Digital 28-04-2016

Google defiant in face of EU claims

The European Commission’s charges on Google Android are likely to result in a lengthy dispute as analysts understand the internet giant will put up a vigorous defence to all charges. EurActiv's partner PaRR reports.
Trade & Society 28-04-2016

German companies seek to break America

US President Barack Obama's drive to reindustrialise his country offers German companies huge opportunites if they are able to negotiate certain hurdles. EurActiv’s new partner WirtschaftsWoche reports from the Hannover Messe.

Paving the way for women in technology

To mark International Girls in ICT Day 2016, we are calling for greater efforts to close the gap between aspiration and achievement for young women around the world, writes Sylvie Laffarge.
UK & Europe 28-04-2016

Brexit a threat to London's FinTech dominance, industry says

82% of British financial technology companies want the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union, according to recent a poll by the industry association. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
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'European MIT' will look for innovators in food, industry and urban mobility

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Institute of Innovation and Technology is opening a “new chapter” to overcome some of its early mistakes, and plans to expand by adding food, the digitalisation of industry and urban mobility to its priority areas.
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Commission backs data sharing 'by default' to spur innovation

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission's upcoming data initiative will establish open data as the paradigm "by default", while allowing opt-outs only in restricted cases for commercial purposes, Commissioner Carlos Moedas told EurActiv.com.
Energy 26-04-2016

Digitalisation: Where are the German digital utilities?

In Germany, a lot has been written about two energy megatrends of our time, liberalisation of energy markets and decentralisation of the energy landscape. What we think has been neglected is a third megatrend: digitalisation.


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Navracsics: EIT must be ‘more visible, more transparent and more compact’

SPECIAL REPORT / The beginnings of the European Institute of Technology (EIT), created in 2008, were “probably a little bit slow and complicated,” admits Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner overseeing the EU’s flagship innovation agency. But things should be back on track soon, he told EurActiv.

Innovation and entrepreneurship

The European Union wants to create an innovation-friendly environment by 2020 that makes it easier for great ideas to be turned into products and services, bringing the economy growth and jobs.
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Audit shines light on EU’s attempt to mimic America’s celebrated MIT

SPECIAL REPORT / The Court of Auditors has issued a humbling review of the European Institute of Technology, tainting the legacy of José Manuel  Barroso, the former President of the European Commission who spearheaded what was initially intended a showcase EU project.
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Steelmakers fear extra costs from ETS reform

SPECIAL REPORT / Carbon market reform could greatly increase production costs for the steel industry from 2020, a difference the European Commission wants to offset with cheaper energy and carbon capture and sequestration technology. EurActiv France reports.

Bitcoin expert: EU should 'wait and see' before regulating blockchain

Lawmakers are debating how to deal with virtual currencies and, in particular, with the promising technology behind them: blockchain. Patrick Murck, co-founder of Bitcoin Foundation, believes that the current ‘hands-off’ approach is the right one.
Energy 20-04-2016

Why the EU’s electricity market design proposal actually matters

The European Commission’s vision of an Energy Union with citizens at its core, where consumers take ownership of the energy transition, is to be applauded but needs to be followed up with genuine policy change, writes Jonathan Gaventa.
Digital 20-04-2016

EU opens new Google battle with Android charges

The EU opened a new battle front against Google on Wednesday (20 April), slapping the US giant with anti-trust charges alleging it had abused the dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system.
Digital 20-04-2016

Decentralised ‘Silicon villages’ needed instead of a Silicon Valley

The digital age has opened up all sorts of new possibilities for innovators. With unprecedented amounts of data and constantly evolving means to make sense of it, the search for the next big thing becomes more and more intense, writes Erich Clementi.

Will Smart Specialisation impact Europe’s textile regions?

In the EU Cohesion Policy programming for 2014-2020, Smart Specialisation Strategies are a new tool for regions to design their investment in research and innovation. Europe’s leading textile regions united in RegioTex initiative to realise this potential, writes Lutz Walter.
Trade & Society 20-04-2016

The Trade Secrets Directive: What it does - and does not - mean

In the three years it was debated in the European Parliament, the recently-adopted Trade Secrets Directive generated no small amount of controversy and myths. EurActiv France attempts to separate fact from fiction.

Brussels seeks €50 billion to digitalise Europe's industry

The European Commission unveiled its long-awaited strategy to support the digitalisation of industry on Tuesday (19 April), aiming to mobilise around €50 billion to help European manufacturers catch up in the global race for the fourth industrial revolution.
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China blames terrorism, economic slowdown for the steel crisis

SPECIAL REPORT / China has denied ‘dumping’ its excess steel on global markets, and instead blamed terrorism and the economic slowdown for the steel crisis, at international talks to save the industry.