Blog by Vice-President Ansip: The future of open data in Europe

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Agenda: Coreper I Meeting (23 & 25 January 2019)

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Agenda: Friends of the Presidency Group on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) (24 January 2019)

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BIS Working Papers: Beyond the doomsday economics of “proof-of-work” in cryptocurrencies

The paper focuses on how Bitcoin and related cryptocurrencies verify that payments are final, ie irreversible once written into the blockchain. It points to the high costs of achieving such finality via “proof-of-work”. It then weighs the outlook for cryptocurrencies based on this kind of algorithm, and looks at possible future avenues for progress.

Agenda: 9th Recovery Expert Group meeting (19 February 2019)

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Report on the IMCO Mission to Athens, Greece, on 17-19 December 2018

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Draft Agenda: EP Plenary Session (11-14 February 2019)

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UPDATED – Draft Council conclusions on the Coordinated Plan on the development and use of Artificial Intelligence Made in Europe

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Agenda: Committee of the Regions Plenary Session (6-7 February 2019)

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Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee 540th Plenary session (23-24 January 2019)

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Event: 11th International Insurance Conference (Bucharest, 23 May 2019)

The world is changing and — as a business that touches every aspect of modern society and business — insurance must change with it. So how should insurers respond to new risks, digital transformation and changing consumer expectations? Join the event to look at the opportunities and challenges for the sector in a fast-changing world.

Agenda: Working Party on Competitiveness And Growth (Industry) (18 January 2019)

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Event: 10th Annual Spanish Funding Conference (Madrid, 7 February 2019)

AFME’s Spanish Funding Conference is designed by their members to address the most pressing issues and trends affecting the Spanish capital markets. The programme, with keynote presentations, debate and networking, brings together senior industry stakeholders from across Europe to discuss key markets areas for funding growth in Spain. Topics on the 2019 agenda will include, amongst others: STS Implementation, FinTech, Euribor and Eonia Transition, Alternative Funding in Spain, Sustainable Finance, Synthetic Securitisation and SRTs, NPLs.

Research for CULT Committee – Film Financing and the Digital Single Market: its Future, the Role of Territoriality and New Models of Financing

This report studies the role of territoriality in film financing, the legal and market challenges territoriality faces as a key model for film financing and the consequences if EU policies were to reduce or mitigate the scope of territorial exclusivity in the audiovisual sector. It provides information on Member States’ and EU models of film financing, explores the challenges film financing faces from digital developments and evolving consumer behaviour and analyses possible alternatives to traditional methods of financing and policies to support this.

Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (23 January 2019)

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Commission launches debate on a gradual transition to more efficient and democratic decision-making in EU tax policy

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Agenda: Coreper I Meeting (16 and 18 January 2019)

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ESMA advice on ICOs and crypto-assets

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Consultation: Exchange of VAT-relevant payment data

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Launch meeting of the Single Digital Gateway Coordination Group (main group) (26 February 2019)

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Event: Looking for investors to finance your Deep Tech innovation? (Stockholm, 6-7 March 2019)

The European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot and Nasdaq invite applicants for an exclusive pitching event for Deep Tech companies in Stockholm, Sweden.  On 6-7 March 2019, a selected number of companies funded by the EIC pilot will have the opportunity to pitch their business to top European investors and connect with Nasdaq representatives and partners. In addition, the event will offer workshops on IPOs and how to go public, presented by experts from Nasdaq and certified advisors, as well as entrepreneurs from IPOed companies.

Press Release: Digitalisation is an opportunity to unlock the potential of “cognitive minorities”

At the January meeting of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN), the members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) discussed how to tap into the potential of “neurodiversity”, which could also help people within these so-called cognitive minorities to integrate socially.

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