Friday, June 28, 2013

Workshop on eGovernment and the Reduction of Administrative Burden Study SMART 2012/0061

The European Commission - Communication Networks, Content and Technology Directorate-General (DG Connect) – selected Ernst & Young and the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) as Contractor to carry out a Study on eGovernment and the Reduction of Administrative Burden (ABR). The Study has two main objectives:

  • to raise awareness among the stakeholders on the best practices and the costs and benefits of implementing the “once only” principle while designing eGovernment services

  • to help Member States on how to implement this “once only” principle and on how to make electronic procedures the dominant channel for delivering eGovernment services.

We are therefore pleased to invite you to participate in a one-day workshop. The workshop will be held in Brussels on Wednesday 10th July 2013 at Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology premises.

This workshop will present the preliminary findings of the project in terms of mapping and identifying “once only” principle good practices. Thus, it will stimulate discussions on these issues between both governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, such as business organizations and consumer/citizens organizations. Its outcome will be taken into account by the Contractor during the further course of the study.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

EnPROVE Video - YouTube - Published on 17 Jun 2013

See what can EnPROVE do for you?

This video explains the results of the EnPROVE project and invites you to join its future exploitation.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

E-invoicing in public procurement: another step towards end-to-end e-procurement and e-government in Europe

The European Commission has today proposed a draft directive on e-invoicing in public procurement, accompanied by a communication setting out its vision for the full digitisation of the public procurement process, so-called 'end-to-end e-procurement'.

E-invoicing is an important step towards paperless public administration (e-government) in Europe – one of the priorities of the Digital Agenda - and offers the potential for significant economic as well as environmental benefits. The Commission estimates that the adoption of e-invoicing in public procurement across the EU could generate savings of up to €2.3 billion.


"Robots And Smart Homes For The Silver Economy" - Forbes website reports on EU-funded project GiraffPlus


The Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe 2013

The Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe 2013 was signed by mayors and senior political representatives of European cities, municipalities, communities and regions during the EU Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing.


New device Vigi'Fall will make growing older safer thanks to EU funding

The FallWatch Consortium brings together a wealth of European technology and expertise in a tiny triangular patch called Vigi’Fall that can be worn by the user in a non-intrusive, permanent manner. The interaction between the device worn by the user, the infrared motion sensors mounted throughout the living area and a central control box ensures the accurate detection of a serious fall and the timely intervention of an emergency medical team. The next phase of the project, FallWatch DEMO, aims to optimise functionality and accuracy even further by incorporating heartbeat monitoring. The FallWatch/FallWatch DEMO projects have received combined funding of almost €2 million from the European Commission. The consortium is led by French start-up Vigilio S.A. and is a good example of how information / communication technologies (ICT) can make life easier and better for the elderly.


Statement by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn on the conclusion of negotiations on Horizon 2020

"After many hours of intense talks, the Irish Presidency, the European Parliament's negotiators and the European Commission have concluded negotiations on the Horizon 2020 package. "The package will now be submitted to both the Council and to the European Parliament, where it will be brought forward to a plenary session of the European Parliament. This is a very important step that will help ensure that Horizon 2020 can launch as planned next year. That is good news for researchers, for universities, for SMEs, and for all other future participants in the programme. It is also good news for the many more that stand to benefit from the breakthroughs and innovations the programme will bring, providing solutions for societal challenges and strengthening industrial competitiveness."


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Open standards would save public sector €1 billion a year

The Commission today releases a new policy to help public authorities avoid dependence on a single ICT supplier. Following the recommendations in this new "against lock-in" approach could save the EU's public sector more than €1.1 billion a year. For example, open tendering procedures can attract increased numbers of bidders with better value bids (doubling the number of bidders typically lowers contract size by 9%).


Against lock-in: building open ICT systems by making better use of standards in public

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions .


Guide for the procurement of standards-based ICT — Elements of Good Practice

Staff Working Document


Monday, June 24, 2013

Workshop on Flagship Human Brain Project: "A roadmap for Portugal"

The Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia and the Champalimaud Foundation's, Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme have the pleasure of announcing a workshop entitled “New Brain Technologies: A roadmap for Portugal”


New specific rules for consumers when telecoms personal data is lost or stolen in EU

The European Commission is putting into place new rules on what exactly telecoms operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should do if their customers' personal data is lost, stolen or otherwise compromised. The purpose of these "technical implementing measures" is to ensure all customers receive equivalent treatment across the EU in case of a data breach, and to ensure businesses can take a pan-EU approach to these problems if they operate in more than one country.