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Digital 27-06-2017

Kallas: We’re ‘a very small bit closer’ to a digital single market

MEP Kaja Kallas told EURACTIV.com in an interview that Europe needs a law guaranteeing data flows across the bloc and shared her concerns about Digital Commissioner-designate Mariya Gabriel.

Aid Effectiveness: From commitment to transparency?
Development Policy 30-06-2016

Aid Effectiveness: From commitment to transparency?

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Open data, and the transparency and effectiveness of international development aid, have failed to get the attention they deserve.

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Digital 12-05-2016

Franco-German big data paper backs case-by-case competition scrutiny

Whether digital companies with large data sets – such as Facebook, and its WhatsApp subsidiary – could impose a risk on competition has to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, German and French competition officials concluded on Tuesday (10 May). EURACTIV’s partner PaRR reports.

Commission backs data sharing ‘by default’ to spur innovation

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.

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.

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Digital 27-03-2015

Open Data: The Next Frontier

Robert D. Atkinson, president and founder of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, discusses ITIF's latest publication, Open Data in the G8: A Review of Progress on the G8 Open Data Charter. The paper was launched at the High-Level Roundtable on Open Data, hosted by the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank.

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Public Affairs 29-01-2015

EurActory: Who matters in EU policy-making?

Today’s EU policy makers are overwhelmed with information from civil society, business representatives, lobbyists or think tanks.

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Digital 15-12-2014

Open Data and Smart Cities: Learning from Europe

‘Citadel on the Move’ – the European Union’s flagship project to promote the use of Open Data in local government – went to the UK on Thursday 13 November 2014. EURACTIV Institute invited city and local authority decision-makers, and other relevant stakeholders, to a roundtable presentation and demo of ‘Citadel’: the first such event in the UK.

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Digital 02-12-2014

Enabling Smart City Services through Open Data and Mobile Applications

What will change to live in a "smart city”?

Digital 17-10-2014

Embrace big data to educate Europe

Big data offers the opportunity to transform the education sector in Europe, writes Olivier Dumon, but he calls on the EU Commission to embrace policies to enable this to happen.

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Digital 11-07-2014

European Smart Cities projects, local innovation boosters?

Today, Open Government Data is often difficult to access and use by the developer community, let alone the average citizen. In Issy-les-Moulineaux [www.issy.com] and in Paris in the framework of the “Futur-en-Seine Festival”, European Smart Cities projects have come together for 3 days of intensive debates and exchange of good practices to develop new e-Services for citizens at local level across Europe.

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EU experts looking for clarity in EU information

In a workshop held at EURACTIV's headquarters, EU experts gave their thoughts on making the data on EU affairs more accessible and making the process more efficient. 

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Digital 04-03-2014

Citadel at DataDays 2014

Do you often wonder about how Open Data will be changing the way the Public Sector innovates and delivers services?
The Open Data Pioneers, practitioners, thinkers and researchers from across the world were at the DataDays 2014 to unlock and advance the power of collaboration and Open Innovation in this joint conference held  in Ghent (17-18 Februray).

EU Priorities 2020 27-02-2014

Parliament approves more extensive voting records for MEPs

The European Parliament agreed yesterday (26 February) to extend the roll call system to votes cast in committees, a move civil society organisations say will increase the transparency of MEPs' work.

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Digital 24-01-2014

Designing citizen’s apps in Ghent, Belgium

Today cities across Europe are under increasing pressure from the economic crisis. Although their services have a huge impact on citizens daily lives, they need to deliver more with less.
Today almost everyone has a mobile phone in their pocket. They provide citizens on the move with access to data and services from anywhere. If cities start using these technologies, it could spark a revolution in public services.

Digital 03-10-2013

EU fails to scrutinise lobbyists who operate in the dark

With the European Commission and Parliament leading a joint committee to scrutinise the EU’s lobbyist transparency register, NGOs are keeping a close eye on the developments. The Parliament's credibility is at risk if the register is not made mandatory, argues Paul de Clerck.

Digital 30-09-2013

Parliament VP: ‘Be careful tightening transparency measures’

European Parliament Vice-President Rainer Wieland has warned against the negative impact of new lobbying transparency measures, saying they could seriously hamper the institution's work.

Opening public data boosts economy as well as transparency

Updating the 2003 public information directive to increase the amount of public data that Europeans can access may be perceived as a transparency measure, but it is likely to bring real financial benefits and boost skills in a growing IT sector, writes Dinand Tinholt.

Digital 20-02-2012

Open data: gold mine or gold bust?

Despite Neelie Kroes' ambitious declarations for a new open data strategy at the regional level, authorities are still struggling to become familiar with that process and the strategy still faces fierce resistance, writes Julia Glidden from 21c Consultancy.

Brussels launches campaign for open data

The European Commission proposed yesterday (12 December) to open up the access and the re-use of public documents in the EU in order to make information held by public administrations more readily available and to spur economic growth.