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Technology and Media: Shaping the Future of Audience Engagement – Future Media Lab’s 2016 Annual Conference

The sixth Future Media Lab. conference took place on 26 January 2016 in Brussels.
Agriculture & Food 29-01-2016

Commission promotes smart farming to mitigate climate change

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission wants to build “bridges” between agriculture and the ICT sector in order to better address the environmental challenges of farming.

Basque president calls upon EU to counter dumping

President of the Basque Country Íñigo Urkullu today (27 January) called upon the European institutions to put a stop to market dumping and "unfair competition" by Asian economies, particularly in regard to China and the steel sector. 

The data revolution: Europe's chance to lead in the digital economy

Europe needs to cash in on the data economy—and in a lot of ways, it already is, argues Paul MacDonnell.
Agriculture & Food 08-01-2016

Commission to decide on new plant breeding techniques within three months

EXCLUSIVE / A legal analysis of whether new plant breeding techniques should fall under EU GMO legislation will be completed by the first quarter of 2016, a European Commission spokesperson has told EurActiv.
Agriculture & Food 18-12-2015

Commission: Precision farming will increase EU productivity

The development of precision farming practices will provide the EU with enormous opportunities to increase its productivity, according to a European Commission official.
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Transport 14-12-2015

Why Aviation Matters - Reviewing the potential of the EU Aviation Strategy

The air transport industry is a catalyst for economic growth and social development. The aviation sector generates more than 3 million jobs in the European Union (EU) while the air transport industry supports more than €675 billion in GDP in Europe.
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Digital 07-12-2015

New GSMA study: European economy boosted by 4G investments

Realising a genuine Digital Single Market will require increased investment and innovation, first and foremost in digital networks. Investing in mobile networks and meeting the goal of digitalising everything is key to realising its potential.

EU broadens Horizon 2020 project to include Tunisia

The European Commission announced today (1 December) that Tunisia will be a part of the Horizon 2020 project, the EU's research and innovation funding scheme. EurActiv's partner EFE reports.

Bill Gates announces the ‘Breakthrough Energy Coalition’

As COP21 opened in Paris today (30 November), Bill Gates announced the “Breakthrough energy coalition” uniting the efforts of two dozens of other billionaire philanthropists such as Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos to sponsor energy that doesn’t produce carbon.

The European Language Cloud, or how to enable a multilingual Europe

Europe’s linguistic diversity is a cultural and social asset, but modern language infrastructure is needed to truly unite Europe in its diversity, write Andrejs Vasi?jevs and Rihards Kalni?š.
Agriculture & Food 18-11-2015

EU unblocks novel foods entry into European market

EU Agriculture Ministers and the European Parliament put an end on Monday (16 November) to an eight-year-long deadlock on novel foods, adopting a new regulation that is expected to help the innovation-driven products enter the EU market.

How teachers turn Europe into a leading hub for innovation and research

We need motivated, properly trained, well-equipped science teachers to prepare and inspire the next generation of researchers in Europe, writes Marc Durando.

Stabilising the EU is a prerequisite to reigniting European growth

Robust regulatory frameworks are necessary if Europe is to reignite growth but innovation remains the great growth driver, writes Luca Rossi.
Development Policy 06-11-2015

Mediterranean embraces eco start-ups

In the Mediterranean region, ecological and sustainable initiatives are being started by innovative individuals. It is hoped their business practices and efforts will trickle-down to society itself. EurActiv's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.

European start-ups catching up with Silicon Valley

Recent studies of European start-ups have found companies thriving in an increasingly favourable business environment, distinguishing themselves from their American competitors. Our partner La Tribune reports
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Agriculture & Food 04-11-2015

Can innovation feed the world?

SPECIAL REPORT / Global population is expected to rise from 7.3 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to UN projections. Food production will have to double to meet nutritional needs.

Europe entering the era of ‘precision agriculture’

SPECIAL REPORT / The agricultural sector has stepped into the digital era, in an effort to respond to rising global nutrition needs and tackle the environmental crisis.

New plant breeding techniques: Innovation breakthrough or GMOs in disguise?

SPECIAL REPORT / 'New plant breeding techniques' focus on developing new seed traits within a given species through genetic engineering. A troubling question for policymakers is whether these techniques should fall under GMO legislation.
Transport 13-10-2015

Direct subsidies can spur green transport innovation, regions told

Handing subsidies, including EU funding, directly to local governments - rather than to industry - can spur green innovation in public transport, regional leaders were told today (13 October).

Member states blame the Commission for being shortsighted in research

Under Jean-Claude Juncker's leadership, the European Commission promised to deliver 'smart' growth and new jobs to regain the European citizens’ trust.
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Energy 06-10-2015

PKN ORLEN challenge: Heat Up Innovation contest

PKN ORLEN challenge: Heat Up Innovation contest for waste heat recovery technologies that can operate with low-grade heat of about 115 to 120°C Conserving energy is an absolute necessity for all industries. It is no longer economically viable for manufacturing or processing plants to emit heat-laden exhaust into the atmosphere without first reclaiming a significant portion of that energy. PKN ORLEN has made optimal use of the high-grade waste heat sources in their refinery in Plock (Poland) to preheat combustion air, crude oil, and boiler feed water. However, the heat lost through the air coolers at the top of the K1 atmospheric crude distillation column still needs a solution. Pinch analysis has shown that with conventional technology no economic use of this low-grade heat (e.g. for further preheating the crude oil by heat from the process streams) is achievable within the refinery. A novel means to usefully capture a portion of this heat is required.
Development Policy 15-09-2015

Can the 'Made in Germany' approach lead to self-sufficiency?

SPECIAL REPORT / The German government wants to spruce up the African agricultural sector with "Green Innovation Centres", as well as by using the help of German agribusiness. Critics warn against making the same mistakes that were made 40 years ago.

Hogan: Empowering women farmers in developing countries is ‘absolutely crucial’

SPECIAL REPORT/ In a wide-ranging exclusive interview, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan shared his vision of how the EU and developing countries could greatly improve global food security togther, through innovation and sustainable farming practices.