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24/08/2016

Commission backs data sharing ‘by default’ to spur innovation

Topic: Innovation


UK to underwrite Horizon 2020 projects after Brexit

The UK's innovation agency has vowed to ensure that science and research plays a "central role in a progressive industrial strategy", after Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed that the Treasury will underwrite business and academic funding for approved Horizon 2020 projects.

What does an innovation agenda mean for consumers?

Innovation and consumer protection are not opposites. Indeed there is huge potential to use innovation to deliver safer products that benefit consumers, writes Monique Goyens.
Agriculture & Food 01-08-2016

EU plant breeding ‘saved’ millions of hectares of extra farmland: report

The Pan-European Farmers’ Association (Copa-Cogeca) said on Thursday (28 July) that innovation in plant breeding should be further encouraged in order to help the EU combat hunger and malnutrition worldwide.

Universal basic income paid by a 'robot tax' is a bad idea

Although the digitalisation of industry is a top priority among EU decision makers, Europe should not be concerned about job losses caused by growing automation. Instead, member states should teach the new generations the skills required for a digital future, believes the VDMA chief, Thilo Brodtman.

Leak: Commission to propose boosting telecoms competition and new internet speed target

The European Commission wants internet download speeds to reach 100 megabits per second by 2025 and calls for more public funds to build faster networks, according to a leaked document obtained by EurActiv.com.
Digital 22-06-2016

Better Regulation Agenda may hold back digital innovation

A lack of suitable EU regulation may be holding back Europe’s digital innovators from becoming global competitors, politicians have warned. EurActiv France reports.
Digital 17-06-2016

Time for a stakeholders-led platform to shape e-commerce rules

E-commerce is revolutionising, raising new challenges on governance, regulation and traditional international rules. Time is ripe for a stakeholder-based World e-Trade Platform (eWTP) to propose new standards and incubate rules, writes Luigi Gambardella
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Socio-economic contribution of the European cosmetics industry

The vast majority of Europe’s 500 million consumers use cosmetic and personal care products contributing to well being and healthy lifestyles, and positive self-esteem every day. Ranging from antiperspirants, fragrances, makeup and shampoos, to soaps, sunscreens and toothpastes, cosmetics play an essential role in all stages of our life.
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Energy 09-06-2016

Gas: Europe’s smart choice for heating

Natural gas has dramatically changed the way we heat our homes, businesses and schools, enabling us to live comfortably without emptying our wallets. And we do so while at the same time not compromising the environment.
Digital 08-06-2016

Airbnb awaits Berlin ruling on legality of home-sharing

A Berlin court is due to make a landmark ruling with ramifications for home rental firms such as Airbnb on Wednesday (8 June) when it decides if homeowners can engage in short-term lets.

Europe's tech industry could get boost from visa overhaul

Changes to chaotic EU visa rules could help workers move to Europe if they receive a job offer—and their chances are better if they find work in the tech or healthcare sectors.
Energy 07-06-2016

Renewable energy: How Europe can reinforce its leadership

Europe started the renewable energy revolution but is no longer its main driver. More ambitious decarbonisation policy would benefit innovative companies, boost the economy and protect the environment, writes Christopher Burghardt.
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Digital 07-06-2016

'Sharing economy' turns to insurers for risk protection

SPECIAL REPORT / The success of sharing economy firms offers new opportunities to insurers who see Uber drivers and Airbnb flat owners as a potential source of revenue. But setting up a safe environment for digital platforms, contractors, and users remains a challenge.

Brain gain: Six ways the EU startup visa will bring success to Europe

An EU-wide startup visa should make it easier for entrepreneurs to set up businesses and hire talented employees, writes Lenard Koschwitz.
Transport 01-06-2016

Member states haggle over ‘low-carbon mobility’ goals

The European Commission is having “very intense discussions” with member states over the individual emissions reduction percentage that they will be assigned to reduce emissions in sectors not covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme, a top EU official told journalists today (31 May).

No risk, no innovation: Europe needs an Innovation Principle

Technological progress is often hindered or almost impossible in Europe. We need to embed an Innovation Principle in European policy making, writes Markus J. Beyrer.

Timmermans: We must convince Europe the era of meddlesome EU rules is over

The European Commission must convince people and businesses that the era of meddlesome EU regulation is over, Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans admitted today (26 May), before warning that would take "some time".
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.