Innovation & Industry Archives

  • 5G not part of Italy-China agreement, Di Maio says

    5G 22-03-2019

    Chinese investments into the development of 5G communications networks are not included in the agreement between China and Italy set to be signed tomorrow, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday (22 March).

  • Europe ringfences 35% of research budget for clean tech

    Climate strategy 2050 20-03-2019

    European Union negotiators struck an agreement late on Tuesday (19 March) to set aside 35% of the bloc’s research funding for climate-friendly technologies, despite ongoing doubts about the overall size of the EU's future budget after Brexit.

  • European innovation council ramps up with improved pilot phase

    Economy & Jobs 19-03-2019

    The European Commission announced on Monday (18 March) new changes to the European Innovation Council and a budget increase to €2 billion, to improve and encourage entrepreneurs and innovation in Europe.

  • Copyright MEP in bomb threat scare

    Digital 19-03-2019

    German police are investigating the Bonn office of Axel Voss, the MEP leading the controversial copyright directive through the European Parliament, after he was the subject of a bomb threat last week, German media are reporting.

  • EU bets on innovation to secure energy transition

    Climate change 05-03-2019

    Breakthrough climate-change-busting technologies are set to benefit from €10 billion in EU funding over the next decade, as the European Commission confirmed its punt on a major new innovation fund.

  • Copyright reform: A Visegrád analysis

    Digital 27-02-2019

    EU institutions concluded negotiations on the Commission’s controversial copyright reform earlier this month. Political clashes that emerged across the EU also exposed harsh divisions between the Visegrád group of Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. EURACTIV's Visegrád members report.

  • Copyright debate nearing end as MEPs rubber stamp plans

    copyright 27-02-2019

    EU copyright rules are on the brink of a radical overhaul after lawmakers in the European Parliament's legal affairs committee provisionally backed plans on Wednesday (26 February) recently agreed with EU ministers.

  • Chinese cybersecurity law is a ‘loaded weapon,’ senior US official says

    Cybersecurity 27-02-2019

    China’s cybersecurity law allows the state to conduct foreign espionage projects, and its legislation is comparable to a “loaded gun” that the rest of the world should not want to stand in front of, a senior US official told EURACTIV on Wednesday (26 February). But Chinese officials were adamant that this was not the case.

  • Not ‘one single cybersecurity issue’, Huawei says

    Digital 26-02-2019

    A senior Huawei representative said on Monday (25 February) that there has never been one legitimate “cyber security issue” with the company. The statement came as EU Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said that 5G security is a "priority".

  • Barcelona the battleground as Huawei set to face off against US

    Cybersecurity 22-02-2019

    US officials are set to descend on Barcelona this weekend ahead of Monday's opening of the Mobile World Congress, where Chinese telecoms giant Huawei will look to substantiate its presence in the 5G European market despite rising global security concerns over its operation.

  • Britain managing Huawei risks, has no evidence of spying: official

    Cybersecurity 21-02-2019

    Britain is able to manage the security risks of using Huawei telecoms equipment and has not seen any evidence of malicious activity by the company, a senior official said on Wednesday (20 February), pushing back against U.S. allegations of Chinese state spying.

  • EU countries back copyright reforms aimed at Google, Facebook

    Digital 20-02-2019

    European Union countries on Wednesday (20 February) endorsed an overhaul of the bloc’s copyright rules which would force Google and Facebook Inc to pay publishers for news snippets and filter out copyright-protected content on YouTube or Instagram.

  • Deal struck on copyright reform after ‘intense’ negotiations

    copyright 14-02-2019

    The future of online copyright is set to be radically transformed as Parliament and Council negotiators struck an agreement on the controversial Copyright Directive on Wednesday (13 February) evening, over two years after the measures were first introduced by the Commission.

  • France and Germany prepare plan to create European champions

    Competition 13-02-2019

    Following the rejection of the Alstom-Siemens merger, France and Germany are working on a review of the EU’s competition rules to create European champions capable of competing with US and Chinese multinationals.

  • Europe: An industrial society of the future

    Special Report | Digital 11-02-2019

    The responsibility for pursuing long-term sustainable goals falls upon those in the wider community who can stake a claim in the climate debate. One such player is Europe’s tech industry, who made their intentions clear during last week’s Industy Day’s conference in Brussels.

  • EU countries agree on copyright reforms, deal in sight next week

    Digital 10-02-2019

    The European Union’s effort to rewrite two-decade old copyright rules to take into account online platforms such as Alphabet Inc’s Google moved a step forward on Friday (8 February) when a majority of member countries agreed on a common position for talks with lawmakers next week.

  • Italian government divided over Huawei, amid US pressure

    Cybersecurity 07-02-2019

    The Italian Ministry of Economic Development refuted claims made by "government officials" on Thursday (7 January), following allegations that the country is set to ban Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE from taking part in the implementation of Italy's 5G infrastructure.

  • Driving EU industry: Standing up to societal challenges

    Special Report | Digital 07-02-2019

    In late January, the EU Commissioner for Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete delivered a speech as part of a Post-COP24 High Level Debate, in which he drew attention to the bloc’s 2030 climate and energy goals and the EU's role in the global fight against climate change.

  • German 2030 industrial strategy: Altmaier backs ‘European Champions’

    Economy & Jobs 07-02-2019

    German economy minister Peter Altmaier presented his 'industrial strategy 2030' on Tuesday (5 February), talking up the creation of European "champions" just one day before the European Commission decided to reject a proposed merger between rail giants Alstom and Siemens. EURACTIV Germany reports.

  • Six takeaways from Siemens-Alstom rejection

    Competition 06-02-2019

    The European Commission decided on Wednesday (6 February) to block the merger of Siemens and Alstom, meant to create a European champion in the railway sector, due to the negative impact it would have on the European market and consumers.

  • EU’s future global industry leadership

    Special Report | Digital 06-02-2019

    Addressing the Industry Days conference on Tuesday (5 February), European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker highlighted the importance of ensuring that the EU stays at the forefront of developments in economy and society, if it is to lead the way in the global industrial marketplace.

  • A future vision for EU industry

    Special Report | Digital 04-02-2019

    As part of his 2017 State of the Union address, European Commission President Juncker stood before the European Parliament and introduced a new Industrial Policy Strategy. His aim, he said, was to help the EU's industries become "world leaders in innovation, digitisation and decarbonisation." 

  • Construction: The least digitised sector in Europe

    Special Report | Digital 30-01-2019

    Construction sites across the globe are developing rapidly as firms seek to take advantage of the technologies of tomorrow. However, the construction industry is the lowest ranked economic sector in terms of digital uptake globally, and more needs to be done, according to a leading EU industry organisation.

  • Davos wrap-up: Watch out for a self-inflicted recession

    Economy & Jobs 28-01-2019

    Decision-makers and business leaders attending Davos forum last week warned of the risk of triggering self-inflicted recession if the growing pessimistic due to the economic slowdown or political instability persist.

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