Innovation

Economy & Jobs 13-06-2018

Commission to hike EU investment in defence innovation

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday (June 13) to hike from €90 million to €13 billion the budgetary funds earmarked for strengthening the EU's strategic autonomy in collective security by boosting cross-border research and innovation in the field of defence.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2018

EU aims for the stars with new €100 billion innovation fund

European Commission detailed on Thursday (7 June) plans to strengthen its science and innovation fund, focusing on disruptive innovations and financing “a couple of good missions” that would inspire people as the moon-landing project did, commissioner Carlos Moedas said.
Economy & Jobs 28-05-2018

France, Germany push EU funding for tech start-ups

France and Germany are pushing for an EU-wide initiative to fund innovation and research in tech start-up projects across the bloc so that Europe can compete more effectively against the likes of China and the United States.
Economy & Jobs 02-05-2018

Ahead of digital revolution, small Czech firms still struggle with slow internet

The Czech Republic is one of the most industrialised EU states and its big companies do not fear digitalisation. However, SMEs are afraid of job losses and have asked for help with the costly transformation.
Economy & Jobs 25-04-2018

‘Juncker plan’ mobilises €284 billion in investment

The EU’s investment fund set up in the aftermath of the financial crisis has mobilised €284 billion to date, mostly in private capital, surpassing the halfway point of its 2020 target.
Digital 10-04-2018

Twenty-four EU countries sign artificial intelligence pact in bid to compete with US and China

Twenty-four EU countries pledged to band together to form a “European approach” to artificial intelligence in a bid to compete with American and Asian tech giants.
Data protection 30-03-2018

Macron eyes AI at European level

Emmanuel Macron unveiled the French strategy for artificial intelligence, stressing the need for Europe to get on board.
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2018

Return of the JEDI: European disruptive technology initiative ready to launch

When French President Emmanuel Macron proposed the creation of a European innovation body modelled on the US DARPA last September, few believed it possible. But the Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI) is taking shape.
Economy & Jobs 07-03-2018

Chinese firm Huawei leads European patent applications

For the first time in the history of the European Patent Office, a Chinese company came on top in terms of patent applications in 2017, a year that saw a new record in the number of requests for intellectual property protection in Europe.
Electric cars 13-02-2018

EU bank approves financing for ‘Europe’s largest battery factory’

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved €52.5 million in financing for Swedish battery cell manufacturer Northvolt, a bank executive said on Monday (12 February), part of a European Union push to compete with Asian and US manufacturers.
Economy & Jobs 19-10-2017

Europe’s ‘unicorns’ awarded thousands of euros to boost innovation

Europe’s most innovative start-ups include a belt that tells you where to go, lego-like modular solar panels, and smart chemicals that give wood a second life. But ‘unicorn’ companies are a rare species in Europe: EURACTIV went to Budapest to learn what the EU does to breed more of them.
Electric cars 12-10-2017

European battery alliance launched in Brussels

The European Commission hosted auto, chemical and engineering executives in Brussels yesterday (11 October) to develop battery manufacturing in the EU to compete with Asian and US manufacturers.
Economy & Jobs 05-09-2017

UK employers want access to EU research and development funds after Brexit

Britain must seek to protect research funding for its universities when it leaves the European Union or risk losing its leading role in innovation, one of the country's main employer groups said on Wednesday (6 September).
Central Europe 14-04-2017

Bulgaria risks losing EU funding for research infrastructure modernisation

EXCLUSIVE/ Documents seen by EURACTIV.com show that Bulgaria is set to lose millions of euros in EU funding aimed at modernising the country’s research infrastructure and stimulating its innovation potential, apparently due to its inability to select independent evaluators.
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Digital 22-03-2017

EIB, WEF tell EU to embed social inclusion in economic policy

At a time of rising inequality across Europe, the European Investment Bank and the World Economic Forum have jointly sounded the alarm bell and called for social inclusion to become an organic part of EU economic policy.
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2017

Moedas: ‘We need to shout’ to sell our discoveries

The EU needs to be “bolder” and “shout” to promote its own scientific achievements to counter the PR tactics of partners like the US, Commissioner for Research Carlos Moedas said on Monday (21 March).
Digital 08-03-2017

Ansip insists automation won’t cause ‘mass unemployment’

Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Vice-President in charge of digital policy, said he cannot imagine a “mass unemployment scenario” stemming from automation, although he acknowledged technology will bring job losses over the coming years.
Economy & Jobs 07-03-2017

Unitary patent expected this year, despite Brexit 

The European Patent Office on Tuesday (7 March) said that the long-awaited EU patent will be launched this year and that it was confident that the UK would continue its involvement.

Pre-Davos report calls for reforming capitalism to survive global backlash

The World Economic Forum study warns that democracy is in “deeper crisis” and urges for more inclusive growth amid the growing inequalities fuelled by technological disruption.

MEPs want ‘free cash’ to address job-killer robots threat

EU legislators today (12 January) called for a universal basic income to combat the looming risk of job loss by the onward march of robots, as well as concerns about European welfare systems.
Health 23-12-2016

Personalised medicine – the future of CVD treatment?

Doctors are already able to calculate patients’ risk of getting cardiovascular disease based on their electronic medical records, including age, gender and smoking habits. Adding genetic assessments to the mix will make their job easier.
Digital 13-12-2016

Companies face new data access rules under controversial Commission plans

Car manufacturers and other firms that increasingly rely on consumer data to make money could be subject to new EU rules that would force them to share that data with other firms, according to a leaked draft of the plans obtained by EURACTIV.com.

Not out yet, Britain backs EU patent court

Britain pleased and surprised some of its European Union partners on Monday by pledging to ratify a new, unified patent system for the bloc even though London is about to leave the EU.

Lisbon dreams of ‘Europe’s Silicon Valley’ tag

Lisbon is betting that hosting the Web Summit, Europe's largest tech event, will spur the growth of startups and draw foreign investors, helping it compete with the continent's main innovation hubs.