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European Union boosts blockchain funding for research

European Union will increase its blockchain funding from 83 million EUR to 340 million EUR by 2020 The European Union will increase research funding for blockchain after it recognised a lot of potential use cases for the technology, especially for administration and businesses. Distributed ledgers are seen as a major breakthrough...
Economic policies

European Commission Officials discuss economic policies for Cryptocurrencies

The European Commission has discussed the development of blockchain technology and how cryptocurrencies fit into international economic policies in a series of speeches Commissioner of the European Commission Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said “think blockchain” at the Digital-Life Design Conference in Munich as she determined how regulation and...
research, science and innovation

Promoting research, science and innovation in Europe

The work of European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas is placed under the spotlight by Open Access Government European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas was previously Secretary of the State to the Prime Minister of Portugal. One of Moedas’s main priorities today is social...
Distributed Ledger Technologies

Disruptive innovation: How distributed ledger technologies are about to change society

European Commissioner for Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip shares his thoughts on how digitisation is changing both people and society, including disruptive technologies such as blockchain It is often said how much digitisation is changing people and society and how much it affects every sector of the economy. Technology facilitates...
Airborne

EUFAR – Looking to the future of airborne environmental research in Europe

Philip R.A. Brown from EUFAR AISBL at the UK’s Met Office takes us on a journey to explore the exciting future of airborne environmental research in Europe today Instrumented aircraft are an important scientific tool, allowing researchers to observe the atmosphere and land and ocean surfaces in support of a...
Labour Market

Keeping pace with today’s rapidly changing labour market

Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility offers her thoughts on today’s rapidly changing labour market To succeed in today’s rapidly changing labour market, you need skills. And “static” skills will not be enough. Your skills have to evolve along with changes in the world of...
geo-blocking

Relaunching the digital single market: Banning geo-blocking

Lambert van Nistelrooij, a Dutch Member of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) of the European Parliament explains his opinions on banning geo-blocking
Air Quality

Breathing space – EU efforts to clean up Europe’s air quality

Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries lifts the lid on EU efforts to clean up Europe’s air quality
rail in europe

The key issues for rail in Europe today

Libor Lochman, CER Executive Director discusses the key issues for rail in Europe today and offers insight into areas for improvement In May 2018, the European Commission is planning to publish its proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), which will eventually translate into budgetary commitments for those political...
Outermost Regions

Europe beyond the seas: The Outermost Regions

Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu details The Outermost Regions strategy of the EU The EU has always paid particular attention to its nine Outermost regions, which are first and foremost European regions. This Commission went a step further so as to give these European lands from all around the...
decentralised solutions

€5m in prizes for social innovators using Blockchains to develop decentralised solutions

€5 million in prizes will be awarded to innovators that use Blockchain technology for social good The European Commission has launched a new Horizon 2020 Prize which will award innovators for using Blockchain technology to develop decentralised solutions bringing about positive social change. This European Innovation Council Horizon Price rewards the...
cross-border healthcare

The provision of effective cross-border healthcare

Professor Ruth Ladenstein from SIOPE (the European Society for Paediatric Oncology) discusses how ERN PaedCan facilitates effective cross-border healthcare The European Commission launched 24 different networks to bring together experts from across the EU to tackle rare diseases by improving diagnosis, treatment and access to specialist care. These are known...
animal health

The global challenge of antibiotic resistance

Roxane Feller, AnimalhealthEurope Secretary-General provides a fascinating insight into the global challenge of antibiotic resistance Antibiotics have had very positive effects on animal health over the years. Our pets are living much longer than they were decades ago and livestock are raised much more efficiently through our ability to control...
marine biodiversity

Towards healthy and productive seas with strong marine biodiversity

Hans Bruyninckx of the European Environment Agency (EEA) explores climate change and marine biodiversity in this insightful article Marine biodiversity, the global climate and our economy and social wellbeing all depend on healthy seas. Despite some improvements, our assessments show that the way we currently use Europe’s seas remains unsustainable....
the current european commission

FOREWORD: Günther H. Oettinger, the current European Commission

Günther H. Oettinger European Commissioner in charge of budget and human resources European Commission The latest statistics show eight million jobs created in the European Union since the current European Commission took office. At the same time, over the past two years the EU’s economic growth has surpassed that of...
trust science

Why should we trust science?

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation recently unveiled his thoughts in a speech on the whether we trust science itself Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation depicted a scene to illustrate exactly what the problem is concerning trusting science today. During his speech on 26th September...
tackling antimicrobial resistance

The EU’s ‘One Health’ on tackling antimicrobial resistance

European Commissioner for Health and Food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis outlines the EU’s ‘One Health’ approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance Many of us know that misuse of antibiotics in people leads to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – a growing challenge already responsible for 25,000 deaths in the EU every year. However, practices...
research funding cuts

European Commissioner for Budget promises no research funding cuts

Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, has 'guaranteed' no research funding cuts after the current period ends
security union

Searching for the silver bullet: towards a more effective Security Union

European Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King underlines the role of the EU and national governments in keeping citizens safe
research in Europe

What is the future for clinical and health research in Europe?

Experts discuss the FEAM-BioMed Alliance paper, which outlines how the next EU Framework Programme can further support biomedical research in Europe

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