Artificial intelligence holds great potential for the European economy and AI applications are expected to bring numerous benefits for citizens and small businesses. But the adoption of AI technologies poses a particular challenge for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and the potential of these technologies will only materialise if SMEs are properly supported in their AI transition.
Thanks to continued efforts such as training teachers and supporting activity organisers, EU Code Week saw a continued expansion in 2019. EU Code Week is a grassroots initiative supported by the European Commission to help bring coding and computational thinking into the day-to-day work of classrooms worldwide as a part of the EU Digital Education Action plan.
More than one third (34%) of these students graduated in social sciences, journalism, information, business, administration or law. Other fields of study with sizeable proportions of graduates in 2017 were engineering, manufacturing and construction (15% of graduates), health and welfare (14%), arts and humanities (11%), natural sciences, mathematics, statistics and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) (11%) and education (9%).
The European Investment Bank agreed to continue support for new priority investment across Greece intended to enhance energy efficiency and tackle climate change, improve small business competitiveness, accelerate research and innovation, and support health, education, culture and urban regeneration initiatives across Greece. The EUR 18.6 billion investment programme under the Partnership Agreement 2014-2020 has been successfully supporting small and medium sized priority schemes across Greece since 2014 and ensuring that high-impact projects essential for sustainable development and economic recovery are not delayed.
Eörs Szathmáry, professor of biology at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, underlined in a recent video interview the importance of basic research behind any exciting technological development. He explains how his EU-funded project, Insight, largely contributed to the advancement of research on neurodynamics and its applications on robotics.
The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity hosted representatives of the Joint Research Centre on 22 January in Athens to discuss closer cooperation between the two bodies.