About: innovation & enterprise

Trade body: Don’t lump ‘new plant breeding techniques’ in with GMOs

If new plant breeding techniques fall under GMO legislation, SMEs in Europe will be severely hit, Dr Teresa Babuscio said in an interview with EURACTIV.com

Why Europe needs a ‘Pact for Innovation’

Europe has a strong reputation for being innovative and this will only continue if we engage the next generation of scientists and innovators. We must prepare for the future now, writes Roland Strauss.
Energy 19-11-2015

Greek energy market hindered by lack of competition

Greece’s geographical position could help it become an EU energy hub. But state monopolies are holding the country back, according to a Commission report. EURACTIV Greece reports.

EEB: Disruptive businesses vital for ambitious circular economy

Disruptive new business and consumption models are needed to deliver an ambitious circular economy, and it is only the European Commission that can create the conditions for them, the European Environmental Bureau’s Stéphane Arditi has said.
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#Media4EU 20-01-2015

7 experts on Europe’s biggest media innovators

The media's search for new business models and the potential of new and social media has brought about a wave of enterprises and entrepreneurs across EU member states. What are Europe’s most innovative news applications and initiatives? EURACTIV asked the experts.
German Minister of Research and Education Johanna Wanka hopes that more integration between the research and economic sectors will boost growth and create added benefit in the workplace. Leipzig, 2013 [WorldSkills/Flickr]

Berlin launches new High-Tech Strategy (HTS)

The German government unveiled its High-Tech Strategy on Wednesday (3 September), intended to boost integration between the research and economic sectors. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Council rubber stamps private-public partnerships in biomass, air, energy, electronics, medicine

The European Council Tuesday (5 May), approved the roll out of a series of public private partnerships worth up to €22 billion over the next seven years.
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Digital 18-09-2013

Why is the internet important? – StartUp Europe Forum, London 2013

At the launch of Campus Party 2013 in London, StartUp Europe Forum brought together the doers and shapers of Europe?s digital community for an eclectic mix of policy and debate, analysis and research, as well as opportunities to connect with Europe?s innovators, hackers and geeks.   We asked participants at the event two questions:   - Why is the internet important? - How will it change the world? - What advice would you give European policy makers about internet, innovation, and e
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Economy & Jobs 15-07-2013

Growth in Times of Austerity: What measures to help businesses grow?

Eurostat data is still showing debt in many Eurozone countries despite severe budget cuts and tax increases. Economic growth is a continued challenge with annual GDP growth now forecast at -0.1% in the EU and -0.4% in the euro area. For 2014, economic activity is projected to expand by just 1.4% in the EU and 1.2 % in the euro area.
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Economy & Jobs 10-06-2013

Taking Play Seriously: Investing in Europe’s Future

On the occasion of World Play Day on 28 May, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Anna Maria Corazza Bildt hosted an event in the European Parliament entitled 'Taking play seriously: investing in Europe's future' to enhance understanding of the unique role of play in supporting children's development.
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Digital 22-05-2013

Digital literacy: an interview with Mark Surman

StartUp Europe – a collaboration between the Lisbon Council and Telefónica – hosted a Deep-Dive on Digital and Web Literacy. Organised in partnership with Mozilla Foundation, the roundtable highlighted the need not only to advance digital skills as a way to respond to the unemployment crisis among Europe’s young but also to give citizens the tools they need to become active participants on the web.
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Innovating for a wireless future – Interview with Leo Sun

Huawei launched an exhibition “Enriching Life Through Communication – Innovating for a wireless future” at Place du Luxembourg in Brussels from May 14 - 16.   Starting from the year 2000, the exhibition guided visitors through a timeline of Huawei’s evolution as an innovator of wireless technologies in the EU.  
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How Can Small and Medium Enterprises Power Europe’s Recovery?

99% of the industry landscape in Europe is built on SME’s power and 9 out of 10 enterprises in Europe are actually micro enterprises, as defined by the EU Law (10 employees or less), so the actual influence of this sector is enormous.
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COST Science Night

COST Science Night - How S&T Networks Impact Tomorrow's Europe was held on 4 December 2012. This exclusive event showcased the impact of science and technology networks on Europe's society. At this unique science night researchers leading successful COST networks met research policy-makers and stakeholders for interactive discussions... and fun experiments!
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Economy & Jobs 08-10-2012

EuropaBio’s Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award 2012

In an exciting twist, two companies have been announced as winners of EuropaBio's Most Innovative Biotech SME Award 2012. Commission Vice President Tajani who presented the award, during the event hosted by Dr. Kay Swinburne MEP at the European Parliament on 19th September, named both Austrian healthcare biotech SME ProtAffin AG and Global Bioenergies a French industrial biotech SME- as joint winners of the award.
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Intellectual Property and Innovation, a European Assesment

Professor Ian Hargreaves discusses Intellectual Property and Innovation, a Lisbon Council publication, co-edited by Prof. Hargreaves. The report brings together contributions on intellectual property from 10 leading European intellectuals, and draws on the pioneering work of Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, a high-level review Prof. Hargreaves prepared for UK Prime Minister David Cameron.   The Lisbon Council is a Brussels-based think tank.
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Economy & Jobs 28-03-2012

Nanotechnology: What Future for Nano in Europe?

Nanotechnology deals with particles which are invisible to the eye, but policy issues surrounding the technology are looming large. Nanotechnology opens a raft of opportunities for European business and consumers. How can the continent address public concerns with safety issues and novel technology to ensure that Europe does not get left behind in the nano race?
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European Business Summit highlights skills shortage, climate split

Europe runs the risk of being left behind by its global competitors because of the shortage of engineers and scientists leads to lower productivity and a loss of domestic and international trade. That's one of the key messages given on Wednesday to delegates at the European Business Summit.
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Climate change 18-05-2011

European Business Summit: Climate protesters block access

The European Business Summit in Brussels got off to a slow start this year as several hundred protesters blocked access to the conference venue in a climate protest. The demonstrators only left one door open so that climate-friendly companies could still get in. It did not take long however for Brussels police to come an in remove the protesters. Several dozen were arrested. The activists used the start of EBS to protest against the corporate influences on climate policy and the highlight the growing split between businesses when it comes to climate change.

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