Anniversary of EU Data Protection Rules

The controversial General Data Protection Regulation celebrates today (25th May) its first year of entry into application.  To mark the occasion, Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, issued a statement. Andrus Ansip said, “25 May marks the anniversary of Europe’s new data protection rules, the…

EU Rules Adopted for Drone Transport

The European Commission has adopted EU rules to ensure increasing drone traffic across Europe is safe and secure for people on the ground and in the air. The rules will apply to all operators of drones – both professionals and those flying drones for leisure.  Following the recently adopted technical rules for drones, the Commission completes…

Dr. David Baxter Awarded Linneborn Prize

The European Linneborn Prize for Outstanding Merits in Biomass is awarded every year on the occasion of the EUBCE Conference. The prize was established by the European Commission in 1994 for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from biomass. Dr. David Baxter receives the Linneborn Prize 2019 as a highly appreciated and recognised R&D…

“We were blackmailed”: Goyens

Facebook and Google pressured and “arm-wrestled” a group of experts to soften European guidelines on online disinformation and fake news, according to new testimony from insiders released to journalists at Investigate Europe and published today by openDemocracy, the London-based global news website. Extracts from these testimonies allege that Facebook and Google undermined efforts to make the tech giants…

Sanctions to be Applied Against Cyber Attackers

Cyber attackers around the world could now face EU sanctions, thanks to a new regime pushed for by the UK and its partners. The new sanctions regime, which was signed off this week in Brussels, sends a clear message to hostile actors everywhere that the UK, and the EU, will impose tough consequences for cyber-attacks….

What has the EU done for Me?

People making phone calls from their home country to someone living in another EU country will see their phone bill drop thanks to a new EU measure which applies from this week. Since the abolition of roaming charges two years ago, consumers faced a somewhat absurd situation. They could use their mobile phones when making…

European Prospects on Ukraine’s Nuclear Market

Prospects on Ukraine’s Nuclear Market

Efforts to combat corruption in Ukraine’s public procurement have started to bear fruit as the new electronic online system “ProZorro” has become increasingly effective and competent, writes James Wilson.  According to Ukrainian law all public procurement tenders must be offered on “ProZorro” which guarantees transparency and the openness of competitive bids in the procurement of…

Nick Clegg Challenged To Tackle Facebook “Fake News” Ahead of EU Elections

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Facebook’s global affairs boss Sir Nick Clegg has been challenged to tackle the spread of ‘fake news’ on Facebook ahead of vital European elections, writes James Wilson. Catherine Stihler, chief executive of Open Knowledge International and a former MEP, has written to the former UK Deputy Prime Minister to request more transparency from Facebook and…

Power to Gas

Power to Gas

“Power to Gas” uses renewable or low-carbon electricity to make hydrogen. The electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen has existed almost since the “discovery” of electricity, writes Mike Parr. Until the 1950/1960s electrolysis was the key method used to produce hydrogen which is an important feedstock for the production of chemicals such as…