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Brexit will change UK role in Europe’s space programmes, ESA says

Innovation & Industry

Knowledge is capital for Europe’s future

Europe’s strength is its skilled workforce and professional expertise. To ensure its future as a major economy, Europe needs to combine entrepreneurship with an increased focus on knowledge capital, write Nima Sanandaji and Per Strömbäck.

Social Dialogue in Europe: the European Chemical Employers Group

The European Chemical Employers Group (ECEG) represents the chemical, pharmaceutical, rubber and plastics industries in Europe.
UK & Europe 26-10-2016

Robert Madelin: ‘We have to assume the hardest possible Brexit’

The EU treaty mentions a two-year deadline for a member state to conclude negotiations to leave the European Union. But it also foresees possible extensions, opening the way for a follow-on process, says Robert Madelin, who just left the EU executive.

Boeing: Current Market Outlook 2016-2035

Strong growth despite uncertainty Europe's aviation market remained strong in 2015 despite significant economic uncertainties. Europe's GDP grew by 1.9 percent in 2015 and is forecast to grow by 1.8 percent annually through 2035. The European aviation market is expected to grow during the next 20 years, with airlines forecast to acquire more than 7,500 new …

Commission wants fast internet in schools to fix digital illiteracy problem

The European Commission has been coaxing EU countries to improve technology education in an effort to cut unemployment and help companies as they rely more on internet-connected programmes and machines.
Health & Consumers 21-10-2016

Andriukaitis: Health Technology Assessment will make EU healthcare ‘sustainable’

EXCLUSIVE / National healthcare systems should embrace the digital era and use Health Technology Assessment (HTA) to become truly sustainable and cost-effective, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis told in an interview.
Agriculture & Food 19-10-2016

Central Europe discovers the potential of bioeconomy

Today, bioeconomy is a necessity, said Slovak Minister of Agriculture Gabriela Matečná. Central and Eastern Europe is still lagging behind in its uptake, but the key to the transition may be in the regions. EurActiv Slovakia reports.
Trade & Society 17-10-2016

Germany considers protecting firms from foreign takeovers

The German Economy Ministry wants to protect high-tech companies in Germany from unwanted takeovers, especially from state-owned and partly state-owned companies in non-European countries, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.

EU struggles for balance on free flow of business data

German industries have urged caution when the European Commission presents its free flow of data initiative next month, warning that excessive open data requirements risk exposing trade secrets and chilling investments in the digital economy.
Agriculture & Food 13-10-2016

GMO experts: 'It's an emotional debate, but not an irrational one'

The High Council of Biotechnology (HCB) held a conference on the implementation of the EU's GMO rules. HCB President Christine Noiville and Frans Brom, a member of the Dutch government’s scientific council, answered EurActiv France’s questions on the subject.

MEP: 'My main concern is that humans are not dominated by robots'

Mady Delvaux, a Socialist MEP from Luxembourg, has been tasked with drafting the first regulatory proposal worldwide to address the rise of advanced robotics and artificial intelligence.

Berlin reluctant to top up Juncker's piggy bank

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wants the amount of funding made available by the EU’s investment plan, aka the Juncker Plan, to be doubled. But he faces strong opposition from Germany. EurActiv’s partner Der Taggespiegel reports.

Commission plans cybersecurity rules for internet-connected machines

The European Commission is getting ready to propose new legislation to protect machines from cybersecurity breaches, signalling the executive's growing interest in encouraging traditional European manufacturers to build more devices that are connected to the internet.

‘Robots are leaving the cage’, dazzling EU lawyers and regulators

How should autonomous and self-learning robots be considered from a legal viewpoint? Under plans currently under discussion, they can be regarded as pets or even as “robot persons” in their own right, has learned.

'Factories of the Future' Conference 2016 explores the future of manufacturing

On 15 and 16 September, leading industry and research experts from across Europe gathered to explore the future of European manufacturing and the achievements of the EU’s ‘Factories of the Future’ and the achievements of the EU’s ‘Factories of the Future’ partnership.
Digital 30-09-2016

Understanding the state of the economy is crucial to business success

A prerequisite for helping European businesses succeed in the new digital and mobile economy is understanding the economic environment in which they operate, writes Facebook’s Nicola Mendelsohn.

Spain improves its competitiveness despite political deadlock

Despite having an acting government for nearly a year, Spain is the only Southern Europan member state to have increased its competitiveness compared to 2015, the World Economic Forum said on Wednesday (27 September).

Germany's 'horror catalogue' 2050 climate plan criticised from all sides

Environmental groups have criticised Germany's divisive 2050 climate protection plan for being too lax, whereas the country's ruling coalition think it is too stringent. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Innovate UK boss: ‘Innovation is always a conversation’

Governments can play a role in innovation by formulating problems and linking people up so that innovators can come up with solutions, says Richard Miller.

Universal basic income debate gains traction in the EU

Against the backdrop of the “fundamental transformation of the world of work”, Commissioner for Employment Marianne Thyssen is paying close attention to “free money” experiments ahead of a discussion next year with member states on how to improve social policies.

SBS conference on standardisation for SMEs

Small Business Standards (SBS) is organising its second annual conference on Reinforcing the cooperation amongst the standardisation community. It will take place on 19th October 2016 at the Residence Palace in the Brussels EU quarter.

How Oettinger surprised Brussels

Günther Oettinger has faced ridicule for his handling of EU tech policy since he took the job two years ago. But the digital Commissioner is finally getting some credit, and winning praise from some corners for a major overhaul of telecoms law.
Transport 19-09-2016

Gerbrandy: Europe's car industry risks being outfoxed like Nokia

In a few years’ time, people won’t buy a car just to get from A to B. Cars are going to become more like computers. The whole concept of transport will change, predicts Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy.
UK & Europe 15-09-2016

Brexit will change UK role in Europe's space programmes, ESA says

Britain will stay in the European Space Agency when it leaves the EU, but will have to renegotiate terms to continue participating in certain projects, the ESA said Wednesday (14 September).