Event: eHealth high-level conference (Bucharest, 11 – 14 June 2019)

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Briefing: Copyright in the digital single market

The European Commission presented a legislative package for the modernisation of the EU copyright rules, including a new directive on copyright in the digital single market on 14 September 2016. Stakeholders and academics have been strongly divided on the proposal. In February 2019, after more than two years of protracted negotiations, the co-legislators agreed on a new set of copyright rules including two controversial provisions: 1) the creation of a new right that will allow press publishers to claim remuneration for the online use of their publications (Article 11), and 2), the imposition of content monitoring measures on online platforms such as YouTube, which seeks to resolve the ‘value gap’ and help rights-holders to better monetise and control the distribution of their content online (Article 13). Furthermore, in addition to the mandatory exception for text and data mining for research purposes proposed by the Commission in its proposal, the co-legislators agreed to enshrine in EU law another mandatory exception for general text and data mining (Article 3a) in order to contribute to the development of data analytics and artificial intelligence. On 20 February 2019, Coreper endorsed the compromise text on behalf of the Member States.

Press Release: Could Connected and Automated Vehicles Road Congestion?

Can highly automated vehicles fare better than traditional cars in traffic gridlock conditions? Cooperation between vehicle intelligent transport systems via connected vehicles may provide a solution.

High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (main group) (08 April 2019)

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Agenda: Joint EP ITRE/TRAN Committee Meeting (25 March 2019)

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High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (main group) (10 April 2019)

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Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (25 March 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: WiFi4EU – implementation and timetable

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Senát (CZ) – COM(2018) 434 final

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‘I/A’ ITEM NOTE: Draft COUNCIL DECISION authorising the opening of negotiations on an agreement between the European Union and each individual European Neighbourhood Policy South country for the purpose of agreeing the terms and conditions for extending the provision of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) over European Neighbourhood Policy

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Event: Use of mobile phones / tablets for evaluation in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries (Brussels, 29 March 2019)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues (attache format) (25 March 2019)

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Senát (CZ) – COM(2018) 434 final

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Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (3 – 4 April 2019)

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Event: Horizon 2020 Energy Info Days (Brussels, 25-27 June 2019)

Are you interested in funding opportunities for research, innovation and market uptake projects on clean energy? Then mark in your agenda this year’s Horizon 2020 Energy Info Days which will take place on 25-27 June in Brussels.

Speech: Opening speech by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel – Startup Europe Summit 2019 (21 March 2019)

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Announcements: Commissioner Gabriel participates in Citizens Dialogue in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, to discuss digital education (25 March 2019)

On Monday 25 March, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, will be in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria in order to participate in a Citizens’ Dialogue that will take place in South West University ”Neofit Rilski”, from 11.00 to 12.00 (local time). The discussion will focus on how to improve digital education and skills across Europe, in particular how to support young people, teachers, professors and all involved in the educational process to better adapt for life and work in the digital age. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Marietta Grammenou- Tel.: +32 229 83583)

Agenda: Cultural Affairs Committee (27 March 2019)

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Event: Making Quantum Technology ready for Industry (Brussels, 28 & 29 May 2019)

This workshop focuses on quantum technologies and is organised with the support of ETSI and Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology.  Since many quantum technology areas are advancing on the technology readiness level scale, it is important to prepare the field for standardization activities, helping to facilitate and accelerate market uptake of quantum technology.

Event: Workshop Digital transformation in agriculture: the role of remote sensing (Brussels, 27 March 2019)

EARSC, in collaboration with the Directorate General for Agriculture (DG AGRI), is organizing a workshop titled “Digital transformation in agriculture: the role of remote sensing”. he workshop aims at elaborating on the role of technological innovation in agriculture – with a particular focus on satellite and remote sensing applications – in light of the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy, recently proposed by the Commission.

Update – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (6 & 8 March 2019)

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