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19/02/2017

Plane fuelled by plastic waste completes trailblazing flight

Innovation & Industry


Parliament plenary rejects universal basic income

The European Parliament's plenary session voted today (16 February) against a universal basic income to compensate for the impact of robots on the labour market.
Digital 16-02-2017

Law professor: ‘Autonomous weapons’ notably absent from EU motion on robotics, AI

The European Parliament is voting today (16 February) on a landmark resolution on civil law, robotics and artificial intelligence. Ahead of the vote, Euractiv.com explored the ethical and legal implications of robotisation with a professor of international and European law.
Development Policy 16-02-2017

EU overtakes UK on medical research for developing world

Bill Gates, the US businessman turned philanthropist, is in Brussels on Thursday (16 February) to unveil a new report into medical research and development for the developing world that shows the EU has overtaken the UK in terms of funding.
Digital 14-02-2017

Satellite location boosts EU emergency services

The single European emergency number, 112, can now pinpoint the location of callers, thanks to technological advances funded by the European Union. Euractiv Spain reports.
Euro & Finance 13-02-2017

European Economic Forecast: Sunny with a chance of uncertainty

EU economies are expected to grow throughout 2018. The upturn is the first time in almost a decade that member states have collectively experienced positive growth.
Digital 09-02-2017

Czech MEP: Europe needs harmonised standards for smart cities

According to Dita Charanzová, smart cities are about bettering the lives of Europe's citizens. They'll not only improve urban life but the environment too, she told Euractiv.com
Competition 08-02-2017

Car battery cartel ordered to pay €68 million fine

The European Commission fined three recycling companies a total of €68 million for creating a car battery cartel. Campine, Eco-Bat Technologies and Recylex were found to have fixed the prices of scrap automotive batteries, breaching EU antitrust rules.
Competition 08-02-2017

Steel chief: Brexit may help defend the EU from dumping

For every tonne of steel that we reduce from our production capacity, we find five imported tonnes at our border, Axel Eggert, the director general of the European Steel Association (EUROFER) told Euractiv Slovakia.
UK & Europe 08-02-2017

Knowledge: A Swiss Army knife for Brexit?

The Swiss and British referendums of 2014 and 2016, respectively, share some parallels. The way the Alpine republic resolved its dispute about free movement offers a number of lessons as the date for making Brexit official looms ever nearer, writes Giorgio Clarotti.
Digital 07-02-2017

Civic tech guru: Trump, Breitbart and populism are ‘the new normal’

The election of Donald Trump in the United States, helped by the far-right opinion news site Breitbart, is not a one-off event, says Victor Fleurot, a communication expert and self-proclaimed "visual activist", in an interview with Euractiv.com.
Euro & Finance 06-02-2017

The ‘Trump effect’ on Europe’s economy

Today (6 February) at a hearing of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament, Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, was asked about the effects of Trump’s Muslim ban on Europe’s economy. Draghi called it "worrisome".

Deloitte innovation chief: 'Schools train us to become machines'

John Hagel III is an enthusiastic supporter of the opportunities that innovation and technology can bring. However, the digital transformation of the economy and society is going to be “challenging and stressful for most people", Hagel told EURACTIV.com


Digital 02-02-2017

Top telecoms regulator takes aim at Commission plan for cybersecurity labels

The top EU telecoms regulator criticised the European Commission's plans to introduce this spring a labelling scheme to rank the cybersecurity of internet-connected devices, arguing it would only reinforce big tech companies' dominance.
Transport 31-01-2017

EU plans automatic braking system to clamp down on road deaths

The European Commission is considering introducing automatic braking systems on all new cars in an effort to reduce the number of road deaths. EurActiv Germany reports.

Digital 27-01-2017

Robots won’t steal your job, they’ll make work more interesting

Despite technological progress promising to solve many of Europe’s problems, people still worry about robots and automation costing jobs. But this anxiety is based on fear, not reason, warns Thilo Brodtmann.

Commission announces investment boost for circular economy

The EU executive announced today (26 January) the first steps towards legislation on the burning of waste for energy, and that it would work with the European Investment Bank to spur financial backing for projects supporting the shift to a circular economy.
Transport 26-01-2017

Europe to enter new space race… after 2020

Brexit negotiations with the UK are forcing the European Commission to postpone funding for reusable rockets until after 2020, despite the importance of the technology for the future of European space policy.

Innovation and the EU: Fewer apps, more vaccines

Innovation is worthy of support, but European leaders need to focus more on life-saving vaccines rather than the development of more delivery apps, writes Cecile Vernant. 

Britain launches interventionist drive for post-Brexit industrial revival

The UK government yesterday (23 January) unveiled a new interventionist approach to rebalance its heavily services-based economy for the post-Brexit era, in a break with traditional Conservative laissez-faire economic policy.
Digital 23-01-2017

Europe's cities are key to empowering 'energy citizens'

Cities need to be at the centre of Europe's energy policies because they create sustainable supplies and boost job growth, writes Anna Lisa Boni.
Energy 20-01-2017

European power grid operators gear up for digital transformation

The next wave of digital innovation – and disruption – in the electricity sector will rely on artificial intelligence and Blockchain technology, according to the new boss of the European power grid operators association, ENTSO-E, who is drafting an IT roadmap for publication later this year.
Global Europe 16-01-2017

French Space Agency chief: 'Galileo will guarantee our independence'

Jean-Yves Le Gall, the head of the French Space Agency (CNES), spoke to EurActiv's partner Ouest-France about Galileo, Europe's competitor to GPS that has just come online.

Pre-Davos report calls for reforming capitalism to survive global backlash

The World Economic Forum study warns that democracy is in “deeper crisis” and urges for more inclusive growth amid the growing inequalities fuelled by technological disruption.
Transport 13-01-2017

Plane fuelled by plastic waste completes trailblazing flight

British-born pilot and environmentalist Jeremy Rowsell has made history this week by flying a light aircraft across Australia using a conventional fuel blended with fuel derived from plastic waste. EurActiv's partner edie.net reports.