Press Release: The BCO Network in 2020: Annual Work Plan Summary

The Support Facility for the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) Network offers support and training for BCOs through an annual programme of knowledge exchange and capacity-building. This Annual Work Plan Summary outlines the objectives and activities planned for 2020. The programme will include events, publications and video interviews dedicated to increasing the capacity of European BCOs to bring broadband connectivity to all citizens, with an emphasis on bridging the digital gap between urban and rural areas and reaching the Gigabit Society objectives.

Press Release: WiFi4EU stories: an interview with Mayor of Olne, Belgium

The Belgian municipality of Olne is the perfect destination for hikers and visitors looking for a peaceful stroll in the Ardennes. The WiFi4EU team spoke with Mayor Cédric Halin to know more about the municipality’s digital policies, aimed at delivering improved e-services for citizens and tourists of all ages.

Event: Broadband programming 2021-2027: thematic group for Broadband Competence Offices (Brussels, 24 March 2020)

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Event: Market failure and step change in ‘grey’ areas: training session for Broadband Competence Offices (Brussels, 25 March 2020)

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Press Release: Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions

Includes the Commission’s Communication ‘A strong social Europe for just transitions’ and its annex.

The Commission today presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback on further action at all levels in the area of employment and social rights. Already today the Commission launches the first phase consultation with social partners – businesses and trade unions – on the issue of fair minimum wages for workers in the EU.

Press Release: Good practice: Support for broadband infrastructure

The PRIP-2 project is the winner of the European Broadband Awards 2019 in the category “Cost reduction measures and co-investment”. The Public Enterprise “Plačiajuostis internetas” (Broadband Internet) from Lithuania implemented the project “Support for broadband infrastructure” (PRIP-2) building around 342.6 kilometres of optical fibre lines and connecting more than 400 agricultural objects to existing infrastructure. PRIP-2 is providing wholesale broadband services to network operators, who deliver broadband services to end users.

Report: Mobile broadband prices in Europe 2019

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Report: The BCO Network in 2019: Activity Report

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Press Release: WiFi4EU stories: an interview with the Business Officer of Stevns, Denmark

Stevns, a Danish municipality located on the southeast coast of the Island of Zealand, is the first municipality in Denmark to complete the implementation of the voucher. The WiFi4EU team spoke with Business and Development Consultant Jakob Splidsboel to know more about the municipality’s digital policies.

5G Awards and Authorisations

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Event: The European 5G Conference 2020 (Brussels, 29-30 January 2020)

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UPDATED – Communication from the Commission – Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2020

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Press Release: Digitalisation – a key challenge for SMEs in the Mediterranean region

The benefits of digitalisation for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are multiple, allowing them to boost competitiveness, expand market access and improve customer relations. In an information report adopted at its December plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) considers it necessary to support the digital transformation of SMEs with measures adapted to the specific needs of different types of companies.

Brochure: Broadband good practices from the 2019 European Broadband Awards

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OPP Meeting Summary: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council – AOB Presidency Conferences (10 December 2019)

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Event: 5G in the EU: Opportunities & Challenges on the verge of the 2nd Digital Revolution (Strasbourg, 18 December 2019)

EU40, MEP Eva Kaili (S&D) and MEP Franc Bogovič (EPP) are pleased to invite you to a roundtable discussion with the aim of exploring the opportunities, as well as the challenges that the implementation of 5G network in the EU may bring.

Event: 4th CITIES Fourm 2020 – “Together we shape a sustainable urban future” (Porto, 30 & 31 January 2020)

The “CITIES Forum 2020 – “together we shape a sustainable urban future” is a two-day major event of the European Commission bringing together key stakeholders from European, national and local levels. The Forum is a place for all stakeholders to capitalise on common achievements and reflect on the future directions of urban development within Cohesion Policy including the future of the Urban Agenda for the EU.

Press Release: WiFi4EU stories: Interview with Mayor of Ladenburg, Germany

The German municipality of Ladenburg is rooted in history while looking at the future of digital and connectivity. The WiFi4EU team spoke with Mayor Stefan Schmutz to discuss the plans to channel the EUR 15,000 voucher towards innovative digital services that promote the cultural offerings of the city.

Official Journal (C Series): Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council on Digital Youth Work

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Press Release: Winners of the European Broadband Awards 2019

The winners of the European Broadband Awards 2019 were announced at the special Award Ceremony in Brussels. The Director General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology announced 5 project winners in the different categories focusing on innovative models of financing, cost reduction, socio-economic impact, demand generation and quality of services. The selected projects presented innovative cooperative approaches and solutions for broadband deployment in Europe.

Blogpost: A living legacy – Commissioner Andriukaitis’ State of Health in the EU cycle

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