Open Knowledge Foundation welcomes digital strategy

Commenting on the EU’s blueprint on shaping Europe’s digital future, published last week by the European Commission, Catherine Stihler chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, said: “This long-awaited blueprint for Europe’s digital landscape is very welcome and a giant step forward for a fair, free and open future.”  “This is the greatest opportunity and…

EU Digital Transformation

The Commission has taken the wraps off its plans for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident.  It presents a European society powered by digital solutions that put people first, opens up new opportunities for businesses, and boosts the development of trustworthy technology to foster an open…

EPP Calls for Single Standard for Charging Cables

The EPP Group in the European Parliament has advocated for more than a decade for a single common charger for all electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers, smart cameras, wearable electronics and other small electronics.  The aim is to protect the environment and make people’s lives easier. Andreas Schwab MEP, EPP Group…

Digitalisation in the Financial Sector

The Commission has launched two public consultations on digitalisation in the financial sector.  The first consultation seeks views on the suitability of the existing regulatory framework for crypto-assets including “stablecoins”.  The second one asks for feedback on how the existing legislative framework can be improved to ensure that the financial sector can deal with cyber-attacks…

Digitalisation of Transport of Goods

The European Parliament, Member States and the European Commission have reached a deal on the Electronic Freight Transport Information (EFTI) proposal late yesterday.  The new law will speed up the digitalisation of the transport of goods by creating an e-platform where businesses and authorities can digitally exchange information on road operations. “We laid down the foundations…

AI Needs Human Face

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is adopting a firm stance on artificial intelligence and has insisted, at a high-level conference held in Helsinki on 21 November that the digital revolution must have a human face, be inclusive and bring benefits for all Europeans. Artificial intelligence and the digital transformation must be inclusive and…

Taxing Digital Business

EU finance ministers are set to discuss the state of play of their work on digital taxation and the ongoing reforms in the framework of the G20 and OECD. These international reform efforts aim to regulate where and how much taxes companies pay, thereby bringing tax laws into the digital age, limiting tax competition and ensuring…

Thierry Breton’s Nomination Supported by EPP

France’s choice for its next commissioner has won the support of the EPP group. “Thierry Breton showed himself to be a very experienced person who possesses both knowledge of the content and the managerial skills to take up the position as Commissioner for the Internal Market. He has the green light from us”, said Christian Ehler MEP,…

European Cyber Security Month

October marks the kick-off of the European Cyber security month coordinated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), the European Commission and supported by the Member States.  This campaign will focus on expanding awareness about cybersecurity to citizens across Europe. The 2019 campaign focuses on different themes addressing the need for behavioural change and…

Nobel Laureates urge Commission to include photonics partnership or risk jobs

Three leading European Nobel Laureates from France and Germany have warned that failure to include a dedicated photonics programme in the EU’s next Horizon programme will jeopardise all long-term technology capability and capacity, essential in powering the future European digital economy. “Failure to do so will jeopardise Europe’s deep tech capability, its digital ambitions and…