Drone operations now and in the future

The European Commission adopted EU rules to ensure increasing drone traffic across Europe is safe and secure for people on the ground and in the air. The rules will apply to all operators of drones – both professionals and those flying drones for leisure. Following the technical requirements for drones this is another key deliverable Read more about Drone operations now and in the future[…]

Amazon Web Services one step closer to 100 percent renewable energy

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced three new renewable energy projects as part of its long-term goal to power all Amazon Web Services (AWS) global infrastructure with renewable energy. These projects – one in Ireland, one in Sweden, and one in the United States – will deliver wind-generated energy that will total over 229 megawatts (MW) of power, with expected generation of Read more about Amazon Web Services one step closer to 100 percent renewable energy[…]

€350 million financing of Europe’s first home-grown gigafactory for lithium-ion battery cells

The European Investment Bank has given its in-principle agreement to support the financing of Europe’s first home-grown gigafactory for lithium-ion battery cells, Northvolt Ett, in Sweden. Upon conclusion of a loan agreement, the financing would be supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe. The gigafactory will be Read more about €350 million financing of Europe’s first home-grown gigafactory for lithium-ion battery cells[…]

The Energy Union: from vision to reality

The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union, adopted, shows that the Commission has fully delivered on its vision of an Energy Union strategy guaranteeing accessible, affordable, secure, competitive and sustainable energy for all Europeans. Europe is already a global leader in fighting climate change. European policies implemented over the last five years Read more about The Energy Union: from vision to reality[…]

SMEs in Europe experience great difficulty in exploiting innovations born of scientific research

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EU’s innovation support scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including start-ups. In particular, the auditors will assess the relevance and effectiveness of the ‘SME instrument’, launched in 2014. They will also examine whether the European Commission has addressed the challenges facing SMEs with a Read more about SMEs in Europe experience great difficulty in exploiting innovations born of scientific research[…]

Seven essentials key for achieving trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

Building on the work of the group of independent experts appointed in June 2018, the Commission is today launching a pilot phase to ensure that the ethical guidelines for Artificial Intelligence (AI) development and use can be implemented in practice. The Commission invites industry, research institutes and public authorities to test the detailed assessment list drafted by Read more about Seven essentials key for achieving trustworthy Artificial Intelligence[…]

Global market for smart city ICT seen to reach USD 994.6 billion by 2023

Market to witness 15.8 percent CAGR In MENA region, smart city spending forecasted to double by 2022 Future Cities Show 2019 to tackle role of IoT, AI, blockchains, among others, in building smart cities Dubai, United Arab Emirates, xxx March 2019: The global market for smart city information and communications technology (ICT) is forecasted to Read more about Global market for smart city ICT seen to reach USD 994.6 billion by 2023[…]

Future EU investments in health

In the context of the roundtable held at the Commission with health associations such as European Health Management Association and EuroHealthNet, the Commissioners launched a pilot project to improve cross-border emergency services in the Pyrenees between the border regions of France, Spain and the Principality of Andorra. They also announced that health will be this Read more about Future EU investments in health[…]

Proportion of women in managerial occupations

Nearly 9.4 million persons hold a managerial position in the European Union (EU): 6.0 million men (64% of all managers) and 3.4 million women (36%). In addition, women account for a little over one quarter of board members of publicly listed companies in the EU (27%), and for less than one fifth of senior executives Read more about Proportion of women in managerial occupations[…]

Pharmaceuticals in the environment

The European Commission has today adopted a Communication outlining a set of actions addressing the multifaceted challenges that the release of pharmaceuticals poses to the environment. The “Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment” that the Commission presents today, identifies six action areas concerning all stages of the pharmaceutical life cycle, where improvements can be Read more about Pharmaceuticals in the environment[…]

Preparing the future of EU investments in health

Today, Commissioners Crețu and Andriukaitis have brought together health professionals to kick-start the reflection on future EU investments in health under the 2021-2027 Cohesion Policy programmes. In the context of the roundtable held today at the Commission with health associations such as European Health Management Association and EuroHealthNet, the Commissioners launched a pilot project to Read more about Preparing the future of EU investments in health[…]

Digital Europe programme for 2021-2027

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union yesterday reached a provisional political agreement on the first-ever Digital Europe programme, part of the EU’s long-term budget presented by the Commission. The programme, proposed  in June 2018, will invest in five key digital sectors: high performance computing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and trust, advanced digital skills, and ensuring the Read more about Digital Europe programme for 2021-2027[…]