Event: Digital Openness in Europe (Brussels, 28 November 2017)

Open markets have long been known to stimulate economic growth, as the free movement of people, goods and services across borders drives innovation and commercial dynamism. These benefits are even more pronounced in the digital domain. Enabling seamless crossborder digital commerce can help companies to build at scale, and benefits consumers by widening their choices. Europe has a strong technology and digital sector, made evident by its many disrupter brands, from Skype to BlaBlaCar, and a digitally savvy population. But by opening up the bloc into a single digital market, and by increasing internet access in its less developed economies, could the sector go further? How can Europe’s digital economy reach the same level of openness as the traditional one?

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Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the Orgalime General Assembly

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Press Release: Taking stock of Commercial Space Applications, between Transformation, Fusion and Competition

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently sponsored the 23rd Ka and Broadband Communications Conference and the 35th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC), two of the most influential technical conferences on satellite systems, which were held jointly in Trieste, Italy, on 16-19 October 2017.

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Press Release: Smart specialisation: Regions and cities as innovation and test labs for robotics

During the European Robotics Week from 20 to 24 November, 30 European and regionally funded projects in the field of robotics are presented at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). The event was officially opened on Tuesday 21 November by Markku Markkula, the assembly’s First Vice-President. Research and innovation topics were also on the agenda of the CoR’s Commission for Social Policy, Employment, Education, Research and Culture (SEDEC).

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (22 & 24 November 2017)

Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy items.

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Agenda: Working Party on Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks (23 November 2017)

The agenda items include information from the Commission on the EU-China Connectivity Platform, a continuation of examination of the draft Council conclusions on the European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 13/2017: “A single European rail traffic management system: will the political choice ever become reality?” and an examination of the final Presidency compromise text on “The Mid-term Evaluation of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes and on the performance of the European GNSS Agency”.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council (20 – 21 November 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – A European strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (20 November 2017)

A summary of the committee’s debate on the consideration of amendments is now available.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP JURI Committee – Mission report following the visit of the Committee on Legal Affairs to Silicon Valley, USA (21 November 2017)

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Next steps of the Digitising European Industry strategy are discussed at European Commission hosted high-level governance meeting

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Speech: Commissioner Moedas at the STOA Annual Lecture: “Media in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”

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OPP Meeting Summary: Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Council – The future of skills and the changing role of vocational education and training (20 November 2017)

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Report from the Commission on the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items

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Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (27-28 November 2017)

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Speech: Commissioner Moedas at the Conference at the OECD on ‘Innovation in Government: The New Normal’

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Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the Enterprise Europe Network annual conference, in Tallinn

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Speech: Commissioner Hogan at the Broadband Competence Office launch event

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Speech: Commissioner Vestager on “Helping people cope with technological change”

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Agenda: Joint meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues and the Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society (29 November 2017)

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Agenda: Fiscal Counsellors/Attachés from the Permanent Representations (21 November 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP LIBE Committee – Vote on copyright in the Digital Single Market (20 November 2017)

Results of the Committee’s vote on the adoption of the draft opinion are available.

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Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (27 – 28 November 2017)

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Briefing: Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0) and Cybersecurity

The digitalisation of manufacturing industry, i.e. employing in depth digital technologies for the performance of good production raises additional cybersecurity questions. Currently EU cybersecurity policies are mainly targeting network security and large infrastructures of public interest, with little emphasis on the needs of a digitised industry. Still, recent policy developments do provide framework of possibly covering these needs.

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