European Union companies are steadily losing ground to foreign competitors in the strategic semiconductors market, despite calls to create a European champion. EURACTIV reports from the headquarters in Taiwan of TSMC, the world’s top chip manufacturer.
The European Commission will publish today (4 June) a proposal to encourage the take up of e-signatures and e-identities across Europe, gathering praise from companies but raising a controversial debate around the protection of privacy and the security of personal data.
The European Parliament is set in the coming weeks to reinvigorate the ongoing debate on eurobonds, pushing for the common issuance of eurozone-backed state securities as a means to counter the ongoing public debt crisis.
The European Commission renewed its warning against the “moderate” migration from copper to fibre in telecoms networks, as markets expect EU long-awaited guidelines on how to foster investment in so-called Next Generation Access to ultra-fast Internet.
The European Union is set to establish a dedicated cybercrime centre at the beginning of 2013 aimed at tackling online operations of organised crime groups, ranging from e-banking fraud to online child sexual exploitation.
Mobile telecom companies regularly block voice over IP (VoIP) and prevent services such as Skype from functioning on their networks, the group that represents EU telecom regulators (BEREC) says in the preliminary findings of a much-awaited report on internet neutrality.
The European cable industry aims to increase their coverage of high-speed internet connections to over half of EU households by 2020, in a move that would help meet the EU's ambitious targets on high-speed broadband.
Europe’s broadband internet coverage is close to 100%, but super-fast connections remain marginal and well behind the EU's official target despite the rhetoric surrounding the benefits of the digital economy.
The European Commission proposed yesterday (22 February) to suspend a third of Hungary's regional funds next year in an unprecedented move to sanction the country’s budget deficit. Hungarian politicians, including the EU’s employment and social policy commissioner László Andor, have criticised the move.
The reform of EU data protection rules is of particular interest to countries like the United States, whose companies may have to abide by stricter provisions to do business in Europe. But intense lobbying from the United States has in part watered down the draft legislation.
Cloud computing is paving the way to access music online legally, boosting new revenues for major and independent labels alike. But in Europe, national licencing systems may pose a hurdle to the development of cloud music, experts say.
In a rare show of unity, telecom firms large and small have rejected European Parliament plans to further lower price caps on mobile phone calls passed abroad – the so-called roaming regulation – saying it will squeeze out new competitors from the market.
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