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Health 20-10-2021

How essential is microbial control for the functioning of society?

Within its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, the European Commission will design criteria to phase out the most harmful chemicals for non-essential societal use. In this article MCEC builds a case on why microbial control technologies are essential.
Digital & Media 31-03-2021

Moria 2.0: The EU’s sandbox for surveillance technologies

The three camps of Lesvos, Old Moria, Moria 2.0 all tell a story of the multi-layered ecosystem which gives rise to the allure of quick fixes facilitated by technology. Yet the complexity of human movement is nothing but simple, writes Petra Molnar.
Technology used for potentially discriminatory or racist purposes is starting to concern many in the EU.
Digital & Media 03-09-2020

Technology has codified structural racism – will the EU tackle racist tech?

The EU is preparing its ‘Action Plan’ to address structural racism in Europe. With digital high on the EU’s legislative agenda, it’s time we tackle racism perpetuated by technology, writes Sarah Chander.
Digital & Media 05-03-2020

It’s time for a Greta Thunberg for technology

Digitalisation has produced new challenges ranging from cybersecurity vulnerabilities and disinformation to gaming addiction and cyberbullying. Younger generations offer unique insights into these challenges but find themselves on the margins of EU policy debates, writes Laura Groenendaal.
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Economy & Jobs 18-09-2018

Why we need to create a level playing field for new forms of work

Technological progress has enabled new forms of work that offer diversity, adaptability and novel methods of labour market participation, but it is also presenting some challenges. Michael Freytag explains the implications and challenges.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2018

Schools of tomorrow – building and transforming skills for a digital world

Europe’s bid to lead the digital and advanced technology trend will be lost if the EU and national governments don’t take steps to make skills development in digitisation their priority. Digital skills need to be conveyed at all levels and in all forms of education to ensure Europe’s global position, writes Martina Dlabajová.
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Economy & Jobs 26-04-2018

5 recommendations to unlock the benefits of AI in Europe

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly on the radar of EU policymakers – not surprising, given the technology’s potential to enhance the competitiveness of European industry while delivering significant societal benefits. But what steps can decision makers take to fully tap into the opportunities on offer?
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Politics 22-09-2017

FleishmanHillard is delighted to announce that Mr Claudio Murri and Dr Lukas Pfister have joined the firm as senior advisers

FleishmanHillard is delighted to announce that Mr Claudio Murri and Dr Lukas Pfister have joined the firm as senior advisers to our technology and healthcare practices. Given the accelerating EU agendas in both of these sectors, increasing clients demands and opportunities for growth,...
Digital & Media 07-11-2016

The digital revolution needs to be steered by humans

Only human beings, with values, principles, knowledge in a variety of non-technological fields can recognise the inherent biases and societal problems that lie hidden in “neutral” algorithms and technology, writes Martin Schmalzried.

Paving the way for women in technology

To mark International Girls in ICT Day 2016, we are calling for greater efforts to close the gap between aspiration and achievement for young women around the world, writes Sylvie Laffarge.
Digital & Media 21-05-2015

Fast-moving tech markets undermine Europe’s Google investigation

The European Commission’s investigation of Google proves it is living in the past, argues Gary Shapiro.

Can Europe get over its renewable energy midlife crisis?

Barak Obama did not come back from his Indian state visit with an ambitious climate policy deal similar to the one he brought back from China in November last year. Many might be disappointed, writes Julian Popov.

The world innovation landscape: Asia rising?

Europe needs to boost its innovation capacity if it wants to keep its seat at the global innovation table. Although this is a call to all European countries, it holds especially for large yet low-innovating countries such as Italy, writes Reinhilde Veugelers.

Can Europe become an entrepreneurial society?

Entrepreneurial capability is not confined to business; it is just as important for non-profits, for health, education and even for public services. Hence, we need to form and educate entrepreneurs, and we must cultivate a deep and systematic understanding of the discipline of entrepreneurship, says Dr Richard Straub.

Europe must go to ‘nature’ school

After the failure of the Lisbon Agenda and in anticipation of 'Europe 2020', the EU must draft a new civilisation project that respects the environment and future generations, leading Europe towards a new industrial revolution capable of giving birth to a "natural" capitalism, writes Laurent Ledoux, director of Philosophie & Management and a senior executive in a major bank.
Digital & Media 27-02-2009

IT is not green and never ever will be!

"It is up to corporate and government strategists to exploit the potential of 'green IT'," argues Stefan Heng, a researcher at Deutsche Bank, in a February paper.
Competition 24-11-2008

Is the Commission obstructing innovation and growth?

EU competition policy may constitute an "obstacle" to innovation and growth in the high-tech sector, writes Simon Tilford, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform (CER), in a November paper.

How Europe could leapfrog the US in productivity

Despite Europe leading the United States in the application of digital technologies, it is still far behind in overall economic productivity, argues Robert Atkinson, the president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, in the summer edition of Europe's World.

The benefits of a low-carbon future

The costs of early action on climate change are likely to be "several orders of magnitude below those of inaction" and are not just economic, writes Janet Sawin for the Worldwatch Institute.

US in tech-transfer trouble

In an article published in the American science magazine The Scientist, Ed Silverman examines the state of university-industry technology transfer on the other side of the Atlantic.