Study: Achieving a sovereign and trustworthy ICT industry in the EU

This study attempts to identify and assess policy options for the EU to achieve cyber-resilience, and to develop capabilities, and industrial and technological resources for a trustworthy EU cyberspace, with a view also to promoting core values, such as online privacy protection. The findings could form the basis for an assessment of alternative measures to improve the resilience of the European ICT industry and the EU’s strategic decision-making capacity, and enhance the resilience of critical information technology networks. The study further reviews the current state of reciprocity between search engine services and individual customers. The ultimate aim of this study is to develop concrete policy options to be considered by EU institutions and Member States – and potentially to be used as background by EP committees for their legislative and own-initiative reports.

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MolenGeek coding school goes European

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Save the Date: The future of work – robotics and artificial intelligence – Dinner Debate (Brussels, 24 January 2018)

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Save the Date: Copyright in the EU Digital Single Market – Lunch Debate (Brussels, 23 January 2018)

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Event: Inaugural Lecture of the Google Chair in Digital Innovation – “Ex machina: Ethical and policy challenges in the age of algorithms” (Brussels, 17 January 2018)

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Event: The European 5G Conference 2018 (Brussels, 12 – 13 February 2018)

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Press Release: Europe’s best crime prevention project was created in Estonia

On 14 December, the European Crime Prevention Network awarded Europe’s best crime prevention project. This year’s competition focused on cybersecurity and it marked the 20th year of giving out this award. Out of the 18 countries that took part in the competition, the main prize went to Estonia, which was represented by a cyber defence study project at Põltsamaa Coeducational Gymnasium.

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the ‘Provision and development of skills, including digital skills, in the context of new forms of work: new policies and changing roles and responsibilities’

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UPDATED – Agenda: Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) Council (30 November – 1 December 2017)

Update: The draft minutes are now available.

The Council will be invited to agree on a general approach to establish a single digital gateway.  Ministers will also take part in a debate on industrial policy with a view to adopting conclusions on a future EU strategy on this topic. In addition, the regular “Competitiveness check-up” part of the session will focus on industrial policy objectives. The Council will examine the way forward for the EU space programmes and will be invited to adopt conclusions on the mid-term review of the Copernicus programme. Finally, A set of draft conclusions titled “From the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 towards the ninth framework programme” will be submitted to the Council for approval.

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Blog: “Impressions of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Conference 2017”

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Action Plan for implementation of the Council Conclusions on the Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council: Resilience, Deterrence and Defence: Building strong cybersecurity for the EU

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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Press Release: ALDE at the forefront of combatting fake news and misinformation in digital media

Digital media is becoming increasingly more important and is progressively replacing traditional news sources. But this raises numerous challenges as to how to tackle fake news and misinformation. Liberals and Democrats have today put forward proposals to act on these challenges. They call on platforms to provide more transparency and independent oversight of efforts to counter the proliferation of fake news on their platforms in order to assess their effectiveness. Moreover, they emphasise education and media literacy as a crucial tool. Furthermore, they demand a better and balanced regulation to limit the scope, use and the life-time of personal data online without unnecessarily hindering businesses.

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UPDATED – Annotated Draft Agenda: Meeting of the European Council (14-15 December 2017)

Update: A background brief has been published.

The European Council will welcome the launch of Permanent Structured Cooperation, review progress in other fields, notably on EU-NATO cooperation and adopt conclusions on social as well as on education and culture following up to the Gothenburg Social Summit.

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Official Journal (C Series): Council conclusions on promoting access to culture via digital means with a focus on audience development

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Comitology Committee: Written Consultation of the Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – Configuration ‘Information and communication technologies (ICT)

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (20 November 2017)

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

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Event: Conference on Industry 4.0 (Brussels, 31 January 2018)

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Event: Updating the European Strategy on High Performance Computing (Brussels, 26 April 2018)

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Event: Breakfast Debate: Language access to the internet (Brussels, 10 January 2018)

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List of Working Papers (WK) distributed to the Education Committee, the Cultural Affairs Committee, the Working Party on Sport, the Youth Working Party and the Audiovisual Working Party in the period between May and August 2017

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Industrial Policy of the future – employers’ views

The Commission’s proposal on industrial policy is a step in the right direction, but the EU needs a long term, comprehensive strategy: this is one of the conclusions of the debate at the Employers’ Group meeting on 6 December 2017. The aim of the debate was to contribute to two opinions on industrial policy that the EESC is currently working on.

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