Innovation & Industry

Agrifood 20-09-2019

MEPs rebuke European Patent Office over conventional breeding copyright

In another episode of the longstanding legal saga on biotech inventions, the European Parliament delivered a new reprimand to the European Patent Office (EPO) reaffirming that tomatoes, broccoli and other plants obtained by essentially biological processes must not be patentable.
Digital 18-09-2019

Nanotechnologies are ‘the future’, EIT Digital chief says

The next global trend in the technology industry will involve digital miniaturisation and nanotechnologies, the head of the European Institute of Technology (EIT), Willem Jonker, has said.
Data protection 12-09-2019

Altmaier’s cloud initiative and the pursuit of European digital sovereignty

In October, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier is set to reveal more detailed plans for the establishment of a  landmark European Cloud initiative known as 'Gaia-X.'
Digital 12-09-2019

Europe must ‘prioritise investments’ in cloud, EU digital chief says

Europe's global standing in the cloud infrastructure market has long come under scrutiny for a lack of investment and presence compared with global players. EURACTIV has caught up with DG Connect's Roberto Viola to analyse the importance of the EU's data economy and examine how Europe can achieve a greater level of independence in its cloud services.
5G 03-09-2019

US and Poland 5G agreement an ‘example for Europe’, Pence says

The US and Poland have signed a joint declaration to collaborate on 5G security in what US Vice President Mike Pence said would "set a vital example for the rest of Europe."
Economy & Jobs 02-09-2019

Faced with ‘dogmatic’ EU, Switzerland may turn to UK on research cooperation

Switzerland is unlikely to strike a deal with the European Union this year over a stalled partnership treaty, its economy minister said, extending an impasse that has hurt bilateral ties and disrupted cross-border share trading.
5G 30-07-2019

Despite soaring sales, Huawei is ‘preparing for the worst’

The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is ‘preparing for the worst but hoping for the best’ in the run up to 19 August, the expiration date for the temporary reprieve on the US trade ban of Huawei equipment, according to the company’s Vice-President for Europe, Abraham Liu.
Economy & Jobs 15-07-2019

OECD calls on members to speed up reforms, focus on innovation

In its annual growth report, the OECD painted a gloomy picture: rising inequalities, slowing growth and strong headwinds for the global market economy, notably because of trade wars. EURACTIV Germany summarised the OECD's recommendations for Europe.
Economy & Jobs 12-07-2019

German ambassador to the EU: ‘China is changing us’

Europe should increase its economic assertiveness abroad and put forward a new strategy to face China’s rivalry, as the challenges posed by Beijing are already affecting the way European countries are preparing to compete with global powers, experts and diplomats agreed on Thursday (12 July).
Digital 11-07-2019

Trump orders French digital tax probe, amid talk of retaliatory tariffs

US President Donald Trump has ordered an investigation into France's digital tax plans, which may result in retaliatory tariffs or trade restrictions, should the outcome of the probe identify unfair or discriminatory practices.  

EU research ‘moonshots’ focus on climate crisis

The European Commission unveiled five flagship research and innovation “missions” yesterday (4 July), two of which are directly aimed at addressing the climate crisis.
Economy & Jobs 26-06-2019

Europe looks for its ‘formula’ to create industrial champions

As Europe prepares for a comprehensive update of its competition, industrial and trade policies, experts and private sector representatives have warned against state interventionism proposed by France and Germany.
Economy & Jobs 13-06-2019

Far from ‘devalued’, euro surges as trade war hits yuan

If evidence is needed of how far ripples from the Sino-US trade war are reaching, have a look at Europe where the yuan’s slump is driving up the euro’s value against trade partners’ currencies, handicapping the export-reliant bloc’s economy. Contrary...
Digital 03-06-2019

Global roadmap takes step toward solving digital tax conundrum

Nearly 130 countries and territories have agreed to a roadmap aimed at overhauling international tax rules which have been overtaken by development of digital commerce.
Data protection 22-05-2019

Jourova urges member states to respect ‘the spirit of the GDPR’

EU member states must "respect to the letter and the spirit of the GDPR," Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová said  on Wednesday (22 May), after it transpired that some member states are yet to adapt their national legislation to fall in line with EU rules.
5G 21-05-2019

Huawei: US founding fathers would be ‘alarmed’ with Trump administration

The US founding fathers would be ‘alarmed’ by the recent actions of the Trump administration to restrict access to the American market for Chinese businesses, Huawei’s EU chief, Abraham Liu, said on Tuesday (21 April).
5G 20-05-2019

Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist

Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday (19 May).
Future EU 07-05-2019

OECD calls for bigger EU budget to deal with digital revolution

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) defended a larger budget for the EU, saying the bloc's funding is already “stretched” despite new challenges  like digitalisation.

EU industrial policy under the spotlight as elections loom

As the EU gears up for a big refresh after May’s elections, there is growing consent among business leaders that incoming policymakers should refocus attention and resources on industrial policy, particularly in the continent's most valuable sectors.
5G 02-05-2019

Theresa May fires defence secretary over Huawei leak

British Prime Minister Theresa May fired her defence minister on Wednesday (1 May) over a leak of discussions in the National Security Council about Chinese telecoms company Huawei, the latest of her allies to be ousted from government.
5G 30-04-2019

US ‘undermining political independence of Europe,’ Huawei says

The US campaign against Chinese telecoms manufacturers is undermining the "political independence of Europe" to decide commercial partnerships for itself, Huawei has warned.
5G 26-04-2019

UK minister: Huawei leaks ‘unacceptable’, criminal investigation possible

British culture minister Jeremy Wright said on Thursday (25 April) he could not rule out a criminal investigation over the “unacceptable” disclosure of confidential discussions on the role of China’s Huawei Technologies in 5G network supply chains.
Cybersecurity 25-04-2019

UK cyber boss downplays threat of Five Eyes security rift over Huawei

The head of Britain’s cyber centre said governments in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance had not always been aligned over Huawei, downplaying any threat of a rift as the UK prepares to give the Chinese company access to 5G networks.
5G 18-04-2019

Commission ‘assessing complaints’ against Nokia connected car patents, as MEPs back WiFi plans

The European Commission has revealed that is it looking into antitrust complaints levelled against the Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia, for the company's alleged refusal to license mobile components that could be used in next-generation connected cars.

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