Questions for Written Answer to the Commission concerning the coronavirus outbreak

Update: New questions have been published.

Call for tenders for Lithuanian pre-commercial procurement to create an emotion measuring device

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Press Release: eCall: 2 years of saving lives

In the two years since the launch of the EU’s eCall emergency response system, which automatically calls emergency services in the event of a road accident, manufacturers have been quick to implement the life-saving technology, with around 3 million eCall-enabled vehicles already sold in Europe.

Press Release: IMAPS User Stories – The Czech Ministry of the Interior in the Spotlight

Tomáš Šedivec, Department of the Chief eGovernment Architect, Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, has used IMAPS for assessing a number of digital public services provided by public administrations in the Czech Republic, such as the Czech Ministry of Health. He shared with us his IMAPS user experience and explained the benefits of IMAPS for his organisation.

Press Release: Advancing regulatory science in the EU – new strategy adopted

On Tuesday, the EMA has published its Regulatory Science Strategy to 2025. The strategy provides a plan for advancing regulatory science over the next five years, covering both human and veterinary medicines.

The five key goals of the strategy include: catalysing the integration of science and technology in medicines development; driving collaborative evidence generation – improving the scientific quality of evaluations; advancing patient-centred access to medicines in partnership with healthcare systems; addressing emerging health threats and availability/therapeutic challenges; and enabling and leveraging research and innovation in regulatory science.

Press Release: Space in response to COVID-19 outbreak

ESA launches the announcement of funding “Space in response to COVID-19 outbreak” in collaboration with the Italian Minister for Technological Innovation and Digitalization (MID) and the support of the Italian Space Agency and other countries. With this Announcement of Opportunity (AO), the ESA is inviting companies to submit their ideas for deploying and demonstrating services to respond to the emergency that Europe  is facing because of the spread of the coronavirus.

Companies responding to the AO are invited to propose Demonstration Projects dedicated to the deployment and demonstration of pre-operational services, addressing Healthcare or Education.

UPDATED – Call: European Assistance for Innovation Procurement initiative

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Press Release: ECSEL JU launches an “Expression of Vision” for their combined Call with IMI JU

ECSEL JU is inviting potential candidate partners in projects for their Call 2020-3 to express their vision on how electronics technologies, in collaboration with an already ongoing project of IMI “Trials@Home” – can simplify and accelerate the essential clinical trials phase when introducing new treatments and drugs.

Press Release: COVID-19 – How European Deeptech scaleups help organizations deal with the effects of the pandemic

At present, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is disrupting both society and economies across the world. EIT Digital is committed to support the pan-European ecosystem to find effective solutions in dealing with the pandemic’s societal and economic effects and implications. A number of deep tech scaleups from EIT Digital’s Accelerator program respond to the global challenges by offering their innovative solutions to support the affected sectors and ensure business continuity in this difficult period.

Press Release: Improving hypertension care: participate in the HSMonitor PCP market consultation

The European project HSMonitor has launched an Open Market Consultation, seeking to engage European industry in developing services towards innovative ICT-enabled monitoring solutions to improve health status and optimise hypertension care in Europe.

Press Release: EMA to issue electronic certificates for medicines

EMA has implemented a new system to issue electronic certificates for human and veterinary medicines. As of today, the Agency will no longer provide printed certificates but only electronically signed and authenticated certificates to maintain EMA’s ability to provide these documents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event: Find my Virus: Mobilising AI and Big Data to Fight Covid-19 (Webinar, 2 April 2020)

All available resources need to be brought to bear on the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Artificial intelligence can help fight the coronavirus through applications including population screening, notifications of when to seek medical help and tracking how infection spreads. The COVID-19 outbreak has triggered intense work on such applications, but, how much time is needed before the results will be visible? What risks are there in using big data to combat COVID-19, and what policies can mitigate any limitations that these risks impose?

Press Release: 53% of EU citizens sought health information online

In the last three months prior to the 2019 survey on the use of ICT in households and by individuals, one in two EU citizens (53%) aged 16-74 reported that they sought online health information related to injury, disease, nutrition, improving health or similar.

The highest share was recorded in Finland, where 76% of internet users searched online for health-related topics, followed by the Netherlands (74%), Cyprus (69%), Denmark (67%) and Germany (66%). In contrast, the lowest shares were observed in Bulgaria (30%), Romania (31%), Italy (35%) and Poland (47%).

Press Release: mHealth solutions relevant for COVID-19

Given the global situation the World is facing these days due to COVID-19, many governments, companies and citizen movements have developed mHealth initiatives to keep the population informed and help manage the crisis situation. A non-exhaustive compilation of some initiatives developed at European level has been created by the EU-funded mHealth Hub project.

UPDATED – Event: eyeforpharma Barcelona 2020 (31 March – 3 April 2020)

Update: due to COVID-19, the event will be held online.

To affect this change, 2000+ pharma leaders (from across Commercial, Marketing / Digital, Medical, Patient Engagement, Market Access, RWE and Clinical) will join healthcare’s brightest innovators at eyeforpharma Barcelona 2020 – where pharma decision-makers come to learn, collaborate and see the future of our industry.

Press Release: Forecasting the coronavirus pandemic with help from EU projects

Using computer-based models would allow us to keep up with the spread and evolution of the pandemic, the EPIWORK project aimed to develop a set of tools and knowledge to design infrastructures that could forecast epidemics. It resulted in the Global Epidemic and Mobility Model project (GLEAM) which hopes to fight the epidemics based mathematical modelling and computational science with real-world data.

Press Release: Video summary of the Human Brain Project Summit 2020

The 7th Human Brain Project (HBP) Summit & Open Day was held in Athens, Greece in February 2020. The Human Brain Project is one of the Flagships of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Programme. The focus this year was on the key steps taken to establish EBRAINS, the new European Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience. This video highlights the important and exciting moments of the fruitful four-day event.

POSTPONED – Event: Cyber Europe 2020 (5-6 June 2020)

Update: Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity together with the national planners unanimously decided to postpone the exercise for early 2021.

ENISA organises the 5th edition of Cyber Europe, the largest Pan European Cybersecurity Exercise, focusing on the healthcare sector. During the past years, cybersecurity incidents and trends have shown that healthcare is one of the most vulnerable sectors for malicious activity. In case of a pan European crisis the impact might be lethal. Cyber Europe 2020 will prepare the healthcare sector to respond to a large scale cyber crisis.

Press Release: LEOS will help us make the drafting of legal texts more efficient

Interview with Tomáš Šedivec, Department of the Chief eGovernment Architect, Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.

Tomáš Šedivec has used IMAPS for assessing a number of digital public services provided by public administrations in the Czech Republic, such as the Czech Ministry of Health. He shared with us his IMAPS user experience and explained the benefits of IMAPS for his organisation.

UPDATED – Event: European AI Policy Conference (Brussels, 25 March 2020)

Update: The European AI Policy Conference is postponed due to the coronavirus. There will be a video webinar on Wednesday, March 25 from 11:00 to 12:00 PM CEST on “European AI Priorities Over the Next 6 Months.”

The European AI Policy Conference is a high-level forum to connect stakeholders working to promote AI in Europe, showcase advances in AI, and promote AI policies supporting its development to EU policymakers and thought leaders.

Press release: Statement of the EDPB Chair on the processing of personal data in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak

Andrea Jelinek, Chair of the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), looked into the processing of different types of personal data in the measures taken by governments, public and private organisations throughout Europe to contain and mitigate COVID-19.

Study: The ethics of artificial intelligence: Issues and initiatives

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