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26/05/2016

Innovation

Topic: Innovation


Energy 26-05-2016

Putting innovation at the heart of the Energy Union

As the European Commission elaborates its Energy Union strategy, and as national and local governments plan their contribution to the union’s aims of energy security, decarbonisation and cost-efficiency, they need to create an environment that nurtures innovation in policy, technology and business models, write Pascal Lamy and Philip Lowe.

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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Digital 28-04-2016

What are you going to make?

On International Girls in ICT Day, Microsoft wants to inspire more young women about the potential of STEM studies.
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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.

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.
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.

Digital 04-03-2016

Europe needs to get serious about open data

Saturday (5 March) is Open Data Day, and Paul MacDonell calls for EU member states to commit to opening data in the public sector, as the potential benefits are huge.
Global Europe 29-02-2016

Stitching up the EU-Japan Trade Deal

After thirteen negotiating rounds, the ambitious target of finalising the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement has now been set. The textile and fashion sector gives an example of what can be gained, writes Isabelle Weiler.
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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.
Euro & Finance 25-02-2016

Maria João Rodrigues: We should invest in Europe and expand domestic demand

The European Parliament insists that fiscal consolidation and reforms are not enough and that the EU should have a strong priority in investment in Europe and expanding the internal domestic demand, Maria João Rodrigues told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
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Agriculture & Food 19-02-2016

How can innovation help agriculture be more sustainable?

The agricultural sector is today faced by the demands of an exponential population growth and pressured by different challenges, including climate change and changing socio-economic dynamics.

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The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is staging its annual innovation forum this week, amid questions over the body’s annual budget and its added value.