Friday, August 28, 2015

New survey shows potential for cross-border access to online content, mainly among young people

Considering a paid subscription to watch films, listen to music, play games or read e-books online? For almost one in three Europeans, it would be important to be able to use this subscription when travelling in another EU country. The younger the people are, the more they are attracted by cross-border opportunities. The figure goes up to 58 % amongst the 15-24 year olds and 46 % of those aged 25-39.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Launch of the Convenant on Demographic Change and Innovation for age-friendly environments in Europe

The Covenant on Demographic Change will engage local and regional authorities, and other relevant stakeholders, committed to develop environments that support active and healthy ageing and contribute to increase the healthy life expectancy, enhance independent living and well-being of older persons and create a society for all ages. It will closely cooperate and build on existing initiatives such as the WHO Global Network on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, the WHO-Europe Healthy City Network, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, in the spirit of the 2013 Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe.

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7th European Innovation Summit

The 4-days event will call for "A Pact for Innovation". Highlights of this year's programme include topics such as 'policies and politics for innovation: creating a framework for success'; 'European Innovation Ecosystems'; tackling the society's grand challenges in areas such as water, energy, environment, agriculture, bio-economy, health, transport and the role of the digital revolution in areas such as smart manufacturing. The Summit will engage actively with young people and discuss the opportunity for them in driving the future of innovation in Europe.

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Cross-border cooperation - Opinion adopted by Health Expert Panel

An independent expert panel, which advises the European Commission on matters relating to "effective ways of investing in health", has adopted an opinion on cross-border cooperation in healthcare. The panel identifies both benefits and obstacles standing in the way of such cooperation and suggests actions to be taken.

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Taking innovation in Ambient Assisted Living across the EU market

What can be done to ensure that innovative AAL solutions go to market successfully across borders? How can the EU support the journey of innovation to market (I2M initiative) for entrepreneurs / start-ups with the ambition to go-to-market across the EU? Building on existing accelerators, digital health and technology hubs, how can the EU help high-potential innovators develop a pan-EU market distribution networks and effective go to market strategies? This session, organised in the context of the AAL Forum 2015, will touch on areas such as compelling data needs to inform market strategies, training, mentoring, networking and brokerage opportunities for start-ups, early user / buyer involvement in development and much needed investment to fuel development and growth of innovation in active and healthy ageing.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

EU seeks views on the Satellite and Cable Directive

The European Commission is asking whether EU rules which define where and how satellite broadcasters and cable companies should clear copyright are up-to-date, in a public consultation launched today. It is also seeking views on the impact of extending these rules to cover broadcasters' services (including TV and radio) provided over the Internet, This consultation is part of a broader review of the 1993 EU Satellite and Cable Directive, one of the 16 initiatives announced in the Commission's plan for the Digital Single Market. In particular, the Commission aims to enhance cross border access to broadcasting and related online services across the EU. Removing barriers in the Digital Single Market will reward creation, and strengthen Europe's creative and broadcasting sector, while giving consumers access to a wider variety of works, especially across borders.

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Consultation on the review of the EU Satellite and Cable Directive

The Commission is consulting on Directive 93/83/EEC of 27 September 1993 on the coordination of certain rules concerning copyright and rights related to copyright applicable to satellite broadcasting and cable retransmission (Directive) first to gather input for the evaluation process in order to assess the current rules, and, second, to seek views on a possible extension of the Directive in light of market and technological developments, with the objective of contributing to the Digital Single Market Strategy.

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