Finland’s Presidency Programme: Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future

Presidency of the Council of the European Union 1 July – 31 December 2019

Factsheet: Digital Europe Programme: a proposed €9.2 Billion of funding for 2021-2027

As part of the next long-term EU budget – the Multiannual Financial Framework – the Commission has proposed the Digital Europe programme, the EU’s programme focused on building the strategic digital capacities of the EU and on facilitating the wide deployment of digital technologies, to be used by Europe’s citizens and businesses. With a planned overall budget of €9.2 billion, it will shape and support the digital transformation of Europe’s society and economy.

Stakeholder Briefing: European Aluminium’s I+MANIFESTO

The aluminium industry is at a crossroad, facing considerable challenges but also tremendous business and societal opportunities. Its goal is to strive for a truly sustainable economy, supporting the Paris Agreement and delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This requires a deep transformation and renewal of its existing industrial base and assets.

Event: Imagine the Technologies of the Future – an EIC Pathfinder event (Bucharest, 19 June 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Telecommunications Council – Future of a highly digitised Europe beyond 2020 (7 June 2019)

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Ministerial debate on the future of a highly digitised Europe beyond 2020: “Boosting digital and economic competitiveness across the Union and digital cohesion”

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Event: Skills for industry strategy 2030 (Brussels, 19 & 20 June 2019)

A skills paradigm must be developed to meet the demands of industry by having skills at the heart of the industrial policy. Following the EU industry days 2019 and the future of work high-level events, the conference will convene business executives, policymakers, academics and education and training stakeholders to foster dialogue as well as to agree on priorities and concrete measures, to help implement upskilling strategies.

Agenda: Working party on Competitiveness and Growth (Industry) (21 May 2019)

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UPDATED – Conclusions on an EU Industrial Policy Strategy: A Vision for 2030

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Press Release: #DigitalYou – Digital Connectivity

The Digital Single Market ensures access to internet throughout the EU, in order to encourage participation in the digital economy and society.

A basic requirement for getting all the benefits of digital technologies is to have a good internet connection. Whether you live in a big city or in a small village, chances are mobile phones and the internet have helped you stay connected with friends and family, and allowed you to shop or sell online. The Digital Single Market has also made sure that your internet provider cannot slow down your internet speed or block access to lawful content you might want to access online.

Press Release: The changing world of work and skills in the digital age

The celebration of International Workers’ Day takes place in a context of profound structural transformation in labour markets throughout the world.

Technological change, demographic trends, globalisation and other socio-economic drivers are altering the fundamental nature of education and work. In particular, the digital revolution is causing significant changes in the world of work, according to JRC experts.

Comitology Meeting: 21st meeting of the Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – ‘Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies’ (Brussels, 15 May 2019)

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Event: Digital Europe for all (Brussels, 15 May 2019)

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Blog: Women in Digital: more than numbers

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Written Answer to a Question: Implementation of pilot project ‘Bring Broadband Internet Access via Satellite for Educational Multimedia Contents to Unconnected Schools’

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Press Release: Artificial intelligence – Commission takes forward its work on ethics guidelines

The Commission presents today next steps for building trust in artificial intelligence by taking forward the work of the High-Level Expert Group.

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 the High-Level Expert Group, which complements the guidelines.

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – Building Trust in Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence

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Press Release: JRC tightens scientific collaboration with Sofia

On 29 March 2019 Charlina Vitcheva, Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia, signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of the JRC and the municipality of Sofia during a ceremony taking place in Sofia.

Speech by Carlos Moedas: Dialogue Seminar with Churches, Religious and Philosophical Organisations, Artificial Intelligence: Ethical Concerns

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OPP Meeting Summary: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council – AoB items (15 March 2019)

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Press Release – EIT Digital releases report: ‘Digital transformation of European industry – a policy perspective’

Digital innovation and transformation drive what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0.
This digital transformation of all industry sectors will revolutionise the structure and governance of markets and lead to a significant reconfiguration of work and employment.

EIT Digital decided to launch a study focusing on the main policy challenges emanating from the digital transformation of the European industry.

Briefing: Artificial Intelligence ante portas: Legal & ethical reflections

This briefing provides accessible introductions to some of the major legal, regulatory and ethical debates surrounding the deployment and use of AI systems. It focuses on the challenges that the sui generis features of AI may pose on the current legal framework and argues that as AI systems become more autonomous, a doctrinal paradigm swift may be needed. Given the foreseeable pervasiveness of AI, the briefing poses the question about how this new technology should be defined and classified in legal and ethical terms. By providing an analysis of the key legal initiatives in this field in Europe, the briefing aims to equip the reader with the understanding they need to engage in clear-headed reflection about AI’s legal and socio-ethical challenges, and meaningful debates about how the current EU acquis may need to be adjusted to the new technological realities.

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