Press Release: European Investment Bank agrees EUR 11.5 billion backing for transport, education, energy and private sector investment

The board of the European Investment Bank approved new financing totalling EUR 11.5 billion at its meeting in the Bulgarian capital Sofia today. Full article…

Tartu to host SpaceTech Integrated Applications hackathon in November

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Press Release: Member states, Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, and EU industry associations to sign the Tallinn e-energy declaration

Today and tomorrow, 19-20 September, EU energy policy-makers and stakeholders will come together in the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel) to thoroughly discuss the topic of the new structure of the electricity market. On 19 September, the future of the electricity market will be discussed during a conference while the ministers continue with the informal energy ministers meeting on 20 September. As part of these events, the Tallinn e-energy declaration was signed with the aim of digitising the energy market further. Full article…

The latest iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are Galileo-enabled

The new features of the latest iPhone, launched on September 13, include built-in support for the European Galileo satellite system, among other GNSS. This multi-constellation support means that the new phones will offer more accurate positioning, making it harder for iPhone users to get lost, wherever they are.

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Press Release: State of the Union 2017 – Industrial Policy Strategy: Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable industry

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Update: Contact committee – Copyright in the information society Meeting (5 July 2017)

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Event: The Rise of Robots (Brussels, 4 October 2017)

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Press Release: Hate speech, Fake News and Security

The EDPS participated in the Hate Speech and Security Summit in Rome. The Summit was organised by the Italian Presidency of the G7 and was also attended by seven Bar Associations.
The initiative was aimed at developing a common strategy and reinforcing the importance of protecting human dignity and the right to privacy in the era of hate speech and fake news.
In his intervention, Giovanni Buttarelli stressed the importance of political will, a common framework and the wise use of new technologies.

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ITRE Committee Missions to Germany and Greece

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Speech: Vice-President Katainen’s Video Message to the EUROFI Financial Forum 2017, Tallinn, 14 September 2017

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UPDATE – Comitology Meeting: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Information and communication technologies (ICT) (14 – 15 September 2017)

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Press Release: Eurostat regional yearbook 2017

National figures alone cannot reveal the full and sometimes complex picture of what is happening at a more detailed level within the European Union (EU). EU Member States are often compared with each other, but in reality it is very difficult to compare a small country like Malta or Luxembourg with Germany, the most populous EU Member State. Full article…

UPDATED – Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (28 September 2017)

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Sensors in your smartphone could make roads greener

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Agenda: EP JURI Committee Meeting (2 October 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Joint EP IMCO & JURI Committee Meeting (28 September 2017)

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Study on the intellectual property implications of the development of industrial 3D printing

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State of the Union 2017: Digital Roundup

Roundup of all the initiatives, press releases and other documents related to digital policy announced in President Juncker’s State of the Union speech.

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