How to climate-proof future infrastructure projects

The European Commission has published new technical guidance on climate-proofing of infrastructure projects for the period 2021-2027. The guidance will help mainstream climate considerations in future investment and development of infrastructure projects from buildings, network infrastructure to a range of built systems and assets. That way, institutional and private European investors will be able to make Read more about How to climate-proof future infrastructure projects[…]

What is the General Block Exemption Regulation?

The 2014 ‘General Block Exemption Regulation’ exempts certain categories of State aid from the requirement of prior notification to the Commission, when the benefits to society outweigh the possible distortions of competition that the aid may cause to the Single Market. State aid measures that meet the criteria of the Regulation can be implemented by Read more about What is the General Block Exemption Regulation?[…]

Want to promote your new product or trigger a shift in thinking

Imagine you’re a CEO who wants to promote an innovative new product, a time management app or a fitness program. Should you send the product to Kim Kardashian in the hope that she’ll love it and spread the word to her legions of Instagram followers? The answer would be ‘yes’ if successfully transmitting new ideas Read more about Want to promote your new product or trigger a shift in thinking[…]

Alliances for Semiconductors & industrial cloud technologies

The European Commission kick-starts two new Industrial Alliances: the Alliance for Processors and Semiconductor technologies, and the European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud. The two new alliances will advance the next generation of microchips and industrial cloud/edge computing technologies and provide the EU with the capabilities needed to strengthen its critical digital infrastructures, Read more about Alliances for Semiconductors & industrial cloud technologies[…]

An unexpected deep discount doesn’t make you a smart buyer

Researchers at St. Edward’s University have found that frugal individuals are more likely than their spendthrift counterparts to give in to the allure of deep discounts, whether it is Tax-free weekend, Amazon Prime Day, a Groupon Deal or some other offer. In order to reconcile making unplanned purchases that may be at odds with their highly disciplined Read more about An unexpected deep discount doesn’t make you a smart buyer[…]

Artificial intelligence capable of decoding brain activity during sleep

We sleep on average one third of our time. But what does the brain do during these long hours? Using an artificial intelligence approach capable of decoding brain activity during sleep, scientists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, were able to glimpse what we think about when we are asleep. By combining functional magnetic Read more about Artificial intelligence capable of decoding brain activity during sleep[…]

Relationship between innovation and the figure of the financial analyst

A recent study conducted by researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), in collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), explores the role of financial analysts on firms’ innovation strategy and outcome. This study concludes that financial analysts can help companies to invest more efficiently in innovation and therefore produce a higher Read more about Relationship between innovation and the figure of the financial analyst[…]

Managing challenges through financial networks

Modelling the financial system as a network is a precondition to understanding and managing challenges of great relevance for society, including the containment of financial crises and the transition to a low-carbon economy. Financial Networks is the scientific discipline that deals with these issues. An article published in the scientific journal Nature Review Physics carries out the Read more about Managing challenges through financial networks[…]

EU funding for cross-border regions needs better focus

The European Territorial Cooperation programme (Interreg) is a long-standing instrument of EU cohesion policy aimed at encouraging economic growth in border areas. According to a report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA), the cooperation programmes financed through Interreg had clear strategies for tackling existing cross-border challenges. However, several weaknesses in the implementation of the Read more about EU funding for cross-border regions needs better focus[…]

Long-term vision for rural areas

The European Commission has today put forward a long-term vision for the EU’s rural areas, identifying the challenges and concerns that they are facing, as well as highlighting some of the most promising opportunities that are available to these regions. Based on foresight and wide consultations with citizens and other actors in rural areas, today’s Vision Read more about Long-term vision for rural areas[…]

New e-commerce rules in the EU

New Value-Added Tax (VAT) rules for online shopping enter into force later this week as part of efforts to ensure a more level playing field for all businesses, to simplify cross-border e-commerce and to introduce greater transparency for EU shoppers when it comes to pricing and consumer choice. The EU’s VAT system was last updated Read more about New e-commerce rules in the EU[…]