Press Release: COSME initiatives supporting Intellectual Property

The protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is important for promoting innovation and creativity, developing employment, and improving competitiveness. Creating a supportive economic environment is one of the priorities of the EU Programme for the Competitiveness of SMEs (COSME). The IPA4SME and IPR SME Helpdesks are two COSME funded initiatives aiming to provide SMEs with advice, financial support and guidance on IPR.

CULT Activity Report of the 8th legislature

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Study: Contributing to Growth – European Digital Single – Market Delivering improved rights for citizens and businesses

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (22 May 2019)

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Official Journal (L Series): Directive (EU) 2019/789 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 laying down rules on the exercise of copyright and related rights applicable to certain online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of television and radio programmes, and amending Council Directive 93/83/EEC

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Press Release: Europe advancing in 5G – new wave of projects launched to accelerate 5G take-up in vertical industries

Seven new research and innovation projects for a total amount of EUR 100 million of EU funding have been selected by the Commission to set up large-scale 5G validation trials for a broad range of vertical sectors. This will further reinforce Europe’s capabilities in creating socio-economic value from 5G technologies.

The selected projects, running in the framework of the 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) co-led by the European Commission and industry, will explore the concrete applicability of 5G technologies to real-world use-cases across various vertical sectors. These include smart manufacturing, healthcare, energy, automotive, aviation, railway, logistics, food and agriculture, media and entertainment, public safety, smart cities, and tourism. 

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/785 of 14 May 2019 on the harmonisation of radio spectrum for equipment using ultra-wideband technology in the Union and repealing Decision 2007/131/EC

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/784 of 14 May 2019 on harmonisation of the 24,25-27,5 GHz frequency band for terrestrial systems capable of providing wireless broadband electronic communications services in the Union

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Blog by Vice-President Ansip: A Digital Single Market for Europe – online content and access

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Event: RSPG stakeholder event (Berlin, 28 May 2019)

This is the latest in the RSPG’s stakeholder briefing sessions where the stakeholders are updated on the progress of the RSPG work program. Also an opportunity to meet and interact with the WG rapporteurs and the chairmanship. On the agenda are issues on the role of the RSPG in light of the EECC, input on the future work program for 2020-2021 and the latest status from the working groups of the RSPG.

Written Answer to a Question: Google Shopping antitrust case: Google’s latest commitments regarding ‘rival links’ since its 2013-2014 proposals during the term of Commissioner Almunia

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EPSC Publication: The Future of Work? Work of the Future!

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Press Release: Back ICT specialists are predominantly male

In 2018 around 8.9 million people were employed in the European Union (EU) as ICT specialists. The profession was predominately male, as only 17 % (1.5 million) of the ICT specialists were women.

Across the EU Member States, the lowest proportions of female ICT specialists were in Hungary (9 %), Czechia (10 %) and Greece (11 %). The highest shares were in Bulgaria (28 %), Lithuania (25 %) and Romania (24 %).

Press Release: WiFi4EU stories – an interview with the Councilor of Capannori, Italy

The Italian municipality of Capannori is dotted with medieval towers, luxurious gardens and Renaissance villas, attracting tourists and art lovers of all ages. Tourism, cultural heritage and revitalisation of rural areas are among the priorities that the Local Council is planning to connect and strengthen through the EUR 15,000 WiFi4EU voucher from the European Commission.

Event: 2nd BEREC Contact Network meeting (Rome, Italy, 23 – 24 May 2019)

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Press Release: Germany: Investment Plan for Europe – EIB lends up to EUR 110m to Dräger for medical technology development

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will lend up to EUR 110 million to Dräger, a global leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. Dräger will use the fresh financing to fund R&D projects in medical technology targeting life-saving systems such as anesthesia devices and ventilators. The efforts in medical systems will centre on developing and enhancing patient monitoring products, with a special focus on projects examining the connectivity of medical devices and linking them to hospitals’ information technology infrastructure.

Comitology Meeting: H2020-ICT Committee Meeting (23 May 2019)

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Comitology Meeting: COCOM19-06 (4 June 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society (14 May 2019)

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Opening speech by Commissioner Thyssen at the Youth Event in Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu, 08 May 2019 

“The challenge of your grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ generation was to rebuild Europe. Rebuild Europe, from the ruins and destruction of war.
The challenge of my generation was to reunite Europe, after the divisions of the Cold War.
The challenge of your generation is to reshape Europe. To reinvent Europe. To build a better Europe.
A Europe that must certainly be social.”

Press Release: European Broadband Mapping portal goes live

The collection and publication of comparable broadband data is a key instrument to support EU and Member States’ Broadband policy, regulation and the implementation of broadband plans and to allow households and businesses to compare the quality of broadband services available across the EU.

The European Broadband mapping portal represents a big step towards greater harmonisation of broadband data among EU Member States. The portal includes broadband data collected from public, national and private, as well as international initiatives on fixed and mobile services and socio-economic data from Eurostat for the same area.

UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8864 – VODAFONE / CERTAIN LIBERTY GLOBAL ASSETS

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Press Release: Latvia’s decision to suspend broadcast of the Russian language channel “Rossiya RTR” complies with EU law

The European Commission decided, on 3 May 2019, that the Latvian regulator’s decision to suspend for three months the retransmission of a Russian language channel “Rossiya RTR”, due to incitement to hatred, is compatible with EU law. The decision has been notified today to the Member States

The Latvian authorities informed the Commission in March 2019 that the Russian language channel “Rossiya RTR”, broadcasting to Latvia from Sweden, had been broadcasting content that could be deemed as incitement to hatred. The language used during some programmes on “Rossiya RTR” referred to military confrontations and contained unambiguous calls for, and threats of, indiscriminate violence, occupation or destruction in foreign countries, including the Baltic states. The Latvian authorities therefore decided to suspend the retransmission of the channel for three months.

Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the 2019 European Business Summit

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