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“Don’t ask what you can do for data”… People gathering at the News Impact Summit Brussels on Tuesday (24 February) were wondering what new tools and approaches exist to innovate in today’s EU affairs media landscape. EU Community was invited to present their approach: how can data work to our benefit, increasing our day-to-day understanding… » read more

Coding the City of Tomorrow

By Tony Graziano, Vice-President of Huawei’s EU Public Affairs Office Wouldn’t it be handy to know which of the people participating in the same event as you share your interests? Well, now there’s an app for that. Thanks to the winning team at the EU-China App Hackathon, the COCOFFEE app will soon enable us to… » read more

He has been on board for three months only, but has already managed to attract attention, doubts and criticisms. I am referring to Jean-Claude Juncker, and his plan to create a new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). A plan to trigger a “Virtuous Triangle”, so he claims: investment, fiscal responsibility and structural reforms, to… » read more

In the coming decade we will likely witness the first practical developments of the strategy of the German government: Smart Factories, planning industrial manufacturing. With new technological appearances, the industrialists’ trend for efficient use of resources, and using the Internet, it is possible that we will see this in the coming years on a large… » read more

Horizon 2020 brought a number of significant changes compared to its predecessor Framework Programmes or similar schemes in terms of rules for application for funding, financial management and reporting. One of the major differences from previous practices was the introduction of the bi-annual work programmes, which provide the opportunity for all those who intend to… » read more

Guest blogpost by David Mata, founder and CEO of PYNK SYSTEMS and winner of 2014 Amcham EU Youth Award. Entrepreneurship, a very recurrent word when talking about economic revitalization after the crash. It is a term that reminds one about beautiful professional fulfillment: assuming a risk, making the most of an opportunity, it is usually… » read more

Guest blogpost by Jakob Kucharczyk, Director of Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA). Yesterday we learnt that Google will shut down its ‘Google News’ service this year in Spain. This is just one consequence of the introduction in Spain of an ancillary copyright levy (known as the ‘AEDE levy’) affecting online services (apps and websites).… » read more

Notes from the Fourth ACELG Annual Conference (November 14, 2014) This year’s ACELG conference was dedicated to assessing one of the last decade’s most significant developments in EU competition law, namely the decentralization of its enforcement system. The conference offered unique benchmarks for evaluating the success of this reform by examining its various institutional and… » read more

Guest blogpost by David Crous, project consultant at Pracsis. The 17th European Forum on Eco-innovation explored the dynamics of green jobs creation. More than 150 experts debated the potential of circular economy to drive businesses’ competitiveness and create employment. Over the last decade 3 to 4.2 million jobs were created in European eco-industries. Green business… » read more

On 5th December 2014, MyN concepts and services illustrating the Human Smart Cities approach were presented at the European Foundation Centre Conference held at the European Economical and Social Committee (EESC). The conference focused on 4 particular aspects (services, partnerships, cultural heritage, technology solutions), each of them were discussed by experts in a specific panel.… » read more

Anchoring European countries in the community structure requires a lot of specialists, active both in Brussels and in the capitals. The European construction has mainly an institutional dimension, but civil society and particularly the business sector are actively involved in recent developments. Countries that are part of the European Union have understood that European commitment… » read more

The Innovation Summit hosted by the European Parliament on 17-20 November reviewed policies under the headline ‘a mandate for innovation’. The MEP-led organiser, K4I (Knowledge for Innovation), gathered 4 Commissioner, including for example the one for research , many MEPs including several committee chairs, and a large number of corporate and association representatives. Below are… » read more

Knowledge for Innovation, an MEP-led association, organized its 6th Innovation Summit this week, in partnership with several organisations including EurActiv, which covered several sessions, and moderated the conclusions (separate post). The timing was good: just after the start of the Jucker Commission and before Mr Tusk arrives: which I addressed in an Opinion piece. Having… » read more

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