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.
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.
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.
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 %).
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.
The Committee is being consulted from 30 Apr 2019 – 07 May 2019 on the approval of the funding of 9 indirect actions following call H2020-ICT-2018-3
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.
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.”
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.
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.