Creating a Digital Single Market – European Commission actions since 2015

With the new cybersecurity and data economy proposals, there are now 18 Commission legislative initiatives on the table which the European Parliament and the Council need to adopt to further build the Digital Single Market.

Resilience, Deterrence and Defence: Building strong cybersecurity in Europe

To equip Europe with the right tools to deal with cyber-attacks, the Commission proposed on 13 September 2017 a wide-ranging set of measures to build strong cybersecurity in the EU.

The Digital Skills Gap in Europe

Digital technologies are used in many sectors such as farming, healthcare, transport, education, retail, automatics, energy, shipping, logistics, teaching and the information and communications technology industry. The demand for information and communications technology specialists is growing fast. In the future, 9 out of 10 jobs will require digital skills. At the same time, 169 million Europeans between 16 and 74 years – 44% – do not have basic digital skills.

Making the most of Digital Opportunities in Europe

The internet and digital technologies are transforming our world. But barriers online mean citizens miss out on goods and services, internet companies and startups have their horizons limited, and businesses and governments cannot fully benefit from digital tools.

Future of Fintech Awards shortlist 2017

These are the 10 companies worth watching
Every year, the FT looks for fintech companies and projects with the ability to bring lasting change to the financial services sector. The awards recognise both innovative ideas and the ability to bring them into widespread use. There are two categories; the Impact Award is for larger and more established fintech companies, which are starting to have an effect on the financial services industry, while the Innovation Award is for newer fintech companies that are bringing out novel solutions.

Introducing the finalists of the European Broadband Awards 2017

The jury selected 15 finalists of the European Broadband Awards 2017. Find out who are the nominated projects. The winners will be awarded on 20 November at the Broadband Days 2017. Altogether 49 projects from 20 countries from all over Europe applied for the European Broadband Awards 2017. The jury composed of five European experts in broadband assessed the projects and selected 15 outstanding examples of broadband rollout in Europe.

Cooperative, connected and automated mobility: stepping up the efforts in Frankfurt

The Commission, European Ministers and industry agreed to work together on digital cross-border corridors.
On 23 March 2017, 27 Member States plus Norway and Switzerland upon invitation of the EU Commission signed a Letter of Intent committing to work together on large scale testing and demonstrations in the area of connected and automated driving. This Letter of Intent addresses the digital aspects, such as connectivity, spectrum, data, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence etc.

Commission launches Pilot Project to design dedicated digital skills training programmes for small businesses

The European Commission has launched a call for tender for a Pilot Project to design training solutions to upskill people working in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and re-train unemployed people for jobs in small businesses. The Pilot Project was initiated by the European Parliament (on initiative of MEP Victor Negrescu).
The lack of digital skills also touches European SMEs, which form the backbone of the European economy. In fact 99% of all businesses in Europe are SMEs. Yet, only one out of six SMEs in the EU are highly digitised, just 17% are selling online and one in four SMEs do not even have a website. Solutions to up-skill SMEs for the digital age will also be discussed at a dedicated workshop at the forthcoming Digital Assembly 2017 in Malta.

Research and Innovation in eHealth

The EU financially supports many research and innovation projects in the field of ICT for health and wellbeing (‘eHealth’).
The EU funds research and innovation in the field of eHealth and ICT for ageing well, which has the interest of the citizens at their core. These projects were funded under the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Program (FP7), the Competitiveness & Innovation Framework Program (CIP), and, from 2014 onwards, under Horizon 2020.

Cyber alert: EU ministers test responses in first computer war game

TALLINN (Reuters) – European Union defense ministers tested their ability to respond to a potential attack by computer hackers in their first cyber war game on Thursday, based on a simulated attack on one of the bloc’s military missions abroad.
In the simulation, hackers sabotaged the EU’s naval mission in the Mediterranean and launched a campaign on social media to discredit the EU operations and provoke protests.
Each of the defense ministers tried to contain the crisis over the course of the 90-minute, closed-door exercise in Tallinn that officials sought to make real by creating mock news videos giving updates on an escalating situation.

The role of eGovernment in deepening the single market

eGovernment, which involves deploying technology to deliver public services, increases administrative efficiency and reduces the administrative burden on the public and businesses. The EU has been actively promoting implementation of eGovernment practices, in particular in cross-border situations. Many studies point to significant savings for national authorities and reduced costs for businesses through further advancement of eGovernment in Europe. However, a low level of digitisation of public services and the lack of interoperability between eGovernment systems still present major electronic and procedural barriers to the free movement of goods, services and people in the single market. Other problems include insufficient access to information and low usability of the services offered. Many Member States are well advanced at national level, but the cross-border provision of e-services is still lagging behind. In order to address these issues, various policy initiatives have already been launched or are planned under the digital single market strategy and the eGovernment 2016-2020 action plan. A further boost should come from the current Estonian EU Council Presidency, which has made promotion of eGovernment one of its main priorities.

Three big challenges for smart cities and how to solve them

The notion of the “smart city” has been gaining attention around the world. Also called the “wired”, “networked” or “ubiquitous” city, the “smart city” is the latest in a long line of catch-phrases, referring to the development of technology-based urban systems for driving efficient city management and economic growth.

Bulgaria is the latest country to sign the European declaration on high-performance computing

The European declaration on high-performance computing (HPC) has been signed today in Sofia by Bulgarian Minister of Education and Science, Krasimir Valchev, in the presence of Commissioner Gabriel. Bulgaria is the tenth Member State who is joining the European effort to build the next generation of computing and data infrastructures.

This is the one skill your child needs for the jobs of the future

The World Economic Forum has just released its Human Capital Report with the subtitle “Preparing People for the Future of Work”. The report states that “many of today’s education systems are already disconnected from the skills needed to function in today’s labour markets”. It goes on to underline how schools tend to focus primarily on developing children’s cognitive skills – or skills within more traditional subjects – rather than fostering skills like problem solving, creativity or collaboration.

Aging health: WHO call to action as world population over 60 set to double by 2050

In a new report on aging and health, the World Health Organization is calling for action on “population aging,” as figures suggest the number of people over 60 will reach two billion by 2050

Impacts of e-health on the outcomes of care in low- and middle-income countries: where do we go from here?

In a meta-analysis of 21 randomized trials that included 5715 patients who had suffered heart failure, the cost per patient of treatment including remote monitoring was about 300–1000 euros less than the cost of more conventional treatment.

eGovernment in local and regional administrations: guidance, tools and funding for implementation

Local and regional administrations have an important role both in modernising administrations and services in areas of importance for society, and in taking responsibility for directly providing their citizens with services shaped to meet expectations in an increasingly digitalised world.
This guide will help local and regional administrations implement and find EU funding for eGovernment in line with the principles and priorities set out in the EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020.