UPDATED – Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry Research and Space) (27-28 May 2019)

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Projects: Getting ready for the 5G ‘revolution’

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CULT Activity Report of the 8th legislature

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Call for Tenders: Study on the current and prospective use of the 900 MHz band by GSM as a technology of reference, considering present and future Union policies – SMART 2019/0006

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

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on open data and the re-use of public sector information (recast) (first reading)

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (22 May 2019)

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UPDATE: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services

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Agenda: Meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues (attachés) (23 May 2019)

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (21 May 2019)

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Agenda: Ad hoc Working Party on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 (22 May 2019)

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Press Release: Artificial intelligence in Europe – no one must be left behind, says EESC

The development of artificial intelligence in Europe should be as broadly inclusive as possible, the EESC says in its assessment of the European Commission’s Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence. Policy should ensure civil society reaps the numerous benefits of AI while minimising risks such as the manipulation of democratic processes.

In its opinion on the European Commission’s proposed Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence, the EESC stresses that AI-related policies must be designed so as to engage all social players, including businesses, workers and consumers. This means ensuring the accessibility of data and infrastructure, the availability of user-friendly products and access to knowledge and skills.

Press Release: Conclusions of the 51st meeting of the EEA Council

The fifty-first meeting of the EEA Council took place in Brussels on 20 May 2019 under the Presidency of Mr Ștefan-Radu Oprea, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting was attended by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein, Mr Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, and Ms Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, as well as by members of the Council of the European Union and representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service. The EEA Council discussed the overall functioning of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) and held an orientation debate on Climate change: Long-term strategies towards 2050 and the implementation of the Paris agreement.

Written Answer to a Question: Assessment of biological and health impact of 5G

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Speech: Commissioner King’s remarks at the Aspen Institute dinner in Berlin: Security Cooperation – the power of likeminded nations working together

16 May 2019

“In this time, we have been faced by a range of security issues. We have worked to tackle terrorism, by closing down the space in which terrorists operate – cutting down on their access to money, weapons and explosives, and making it harder for them to travel around – by building our resilience to attacks and our ability to recover from them, and by tackling the radicalisation and online terrorist content that fuel extremism.

We have undertaken efforts to combat the growing and evolving array of cyber and cyber-enabled threats, by putting in place a new EU cybersecurity strategy in order to build our resilience, strengthen our deterrence and support Member States in cyber defence; and then by working to strengthen election security and tackle disinformation online, including by working with Member States and the big internet platforms”

Press Release: Too much information – better ways to manage data

Humanity is generating ever-increasing amounts of data with genome sequencing and internet use, faster than our computers can handle. An EU-funded project is designing storage and analysis solutions which can help optimise transport networks and advance research into diseases and personalised medicine.

The emergence of cheaper, better technology in the field of molecular biology is enabling the sequencing of the genomes of millions of individual humans and other animal species. This generates enormous volumes of data, and the ability to analyse it is critical to understanding biological organisms and treating diseases.

Event: Online discussion on CEF Digital for municipalities (24 May 2019)

This online workshop for municipalities, organised by the European Commission, will focus on possible “smart city applications” for which communities might need innovative connectivity solutions, such as 5G.

The European Parliament and the Council have recently reached a political agreement on the new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF2 Digital), which will be one of the most important EU Broadband funding instrument for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027).

Press Release: ENISA is setting the ground for Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity

The EU Agency for Cybersecurity ENISA is stepping up its efforts to foster cybersecurity for Industry 4.0 by publishing a new paper on ‘Challenges and Recommendations for Industry 4.0 Cybersecurity’ .

Press Release: Juncker Fund to mobilise almost € 400 billion in investment after new projects approved

Note: Council conclusions on “Space as an enabler”

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UPDATED – Agenda: Meeting of the Antici Group (20 May 2019)

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Written Answer to a Question: Disinformation

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Statement: Code of Practice against disinformation – Commission recognises platforms’ efforts ahead of the European elections

Today, the European Commission published the reports and analysis of the progress made in April 2019 by Facebook, Google and Twitter to fight disinformation. The three online platforms are signatories to the Code of Practice against disinformation and have committed to report monthly on measures taken ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2019.

Speech: Commissioner King’s keynote speech at the Aspen Institute Berlin Cybersecurity Forum

16 May 2019

“The range of cyber and cyber-enabled threats is expanding and evolving. Cyberattacks are growing both in number and in sophistication, touching on all parts of the economy, governance and our daily lives, affecting individuals, major business and critical infrastructure. And over the past year or so, we have seen the growth of the more pernicious, politically-driven kinds of security threat posed by disinformation and attempted interference in our democratic processes. Finally, we need to think carefully about how the EU can ensure the security of its critical digital infrastructure in the coming years, including the incoming 5G networks.”

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