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23/05/2016

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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.
Euro & Finance 13-04-2016

Will we lead or be led?

The European Union is the biggest economy and largest trading bloc in the world, yet our position in the global economy has been decreasing in relative terms. A fully integrated single market can help put us back on top, writes Joseph Daul.
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Europe looks for digital growth recipe to revive ailing economy

SPECIAL REPORT / More investment in skills and the completion of the digital single market are among the top priorities in order to relaunch economic growth in Europe, experts and policymakers agreed during a European Commission conference yesterday (6 April).
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'Netflix-like' city transport app could mean people buy less cars

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is pushing local authorities to digitise cities and make them more efficient—one radical plan bubbling up could minimise the number of cars on city streets.


Protecting European firms against trade secret misappropriations

The trade secrets directive will generate legal certainty for European innovators by creating a secure environment where valuable know-how can be exchanged, writes the Trade Secrets and Innovation Coalition (TSIC).
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Nordic countries lead EU in digital entrepreneurship

SPECIAL REPORT / The Nordic countries lead the rest of the EU in fostering new digital startups and helping businesses go digital, according to a European Commission report.

Industry 4.0: The future of manufacturing is here

The European Commission is preparing an action plan for publication in April to mobilise an estimated €25 billion to harness the potential of the fourth industrial revolution, EurActiv.com has learned.

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Digital 26-02-2016

How to become a successful ‘tech-nation’ from scratch

SPECIAL REPORT / Amid global concerns about economic growth, countries without natural resources like Estonia or Israel have converted technology into their main source of prosperity.

EU executive to set up its own startup accelerator

The European Commission plans to create a European Innovation Council to support the development of disruptive businesses such as Google or Uber, as “Europe has missed out on market-creating innovation”, Commissioner for Innovation, Carlos Moedas, said on Tuesday (16 February). Speaking at a conference on the digitalisation of the European Industry, Moedas announced a call for …

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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.
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Agriculture & Food 29-01-2016

Commission promotes smart farming to mitigate climate change

SPECIAL REPORT / 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.