Friday, March 4, 2016

European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities General Assembly 2016

The European Innovation Partnership is in full implementation mode, bringing together cities and companies framed by a set of core roll-out initiatives that will shape a European marketplace for smart cities. Over 400 participants are expected at this third General Assembly. It will offer a platform to learn about key policy and market trends and to create new contacts and networks.

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2016 Call for Commitments of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is open!

Are you a leader in innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing? Join us in the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) and help us transform the future of our ageing society. You can benefit from the largest European network of organisations active in the promotion, development and deployment of active and healthy ageing innovation. The call will be open until 15 April 2016.

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Survey on EU-Wide Digital Once-Only Principle for Citizens and Businesses: Policy Options and their Impacts

The survey will investigate what citizens living in and businesses operating in the 28 EU Member States are expected to face in terms administrative issues interacting with public administrative bodies in other Member State for daily life cross border activities.

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5th meeting of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA)

The European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services held its fifth meeting on 2 march 2015, in Amsterdam.

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AVMSD refit – the Commission publishes preparatory documents

The European Commission (DG CONNECT) is today publishing a number of studies it has commissioned to prepare the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).

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Study on data and information on the costs and benefits of the Audiovisual Media Service Directive (AVMSD)

The study provides a set of information concerning audiovisual services, data on market revenues and investments as well as legal information concerning the protection of minors.

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On-demand Audiovisual Markets in the European Union (2014 and 2015 developments)

This study provides a well-defined set of information concerning viewing patterns online, online advertising, the EU Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVoD) market and the origin and visibility of EU films on VoD services.

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Study on the exposure of minors to alcohol advertising on TV and in online services

This study provides an overview of minors' exposure to alcohol advertising on TV, on-demand services and other online services. It covers a number of EU Member States and an analysis of the content of some alcoholic beverages advertisements.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

New fall detector will make life safer for the elderly

A new sensor is capable of detecting all types of fall, even sinking falls, which currently available products do not register. SINTEF and Tellu AS have developed and tested the detector in the course of a one-year project financed by the Oslo Regional Research Fund and EU-funded HEADS project, which develops software platforms for “Internet of Things” applications.

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APEx - the largest cooperation in the archival domain in Europe

The Archives Portal Europe network of eXellence (APEx) project is a EU co-funded project which ran from March 2012 till 30 September 2015. The APEx project is a follow-up of the APEnet project that was aimed at aggregating archival content in Europeana and creating the Archives Portal Europe (APE). APEnet was initiated by the European Board of National Archivists (EBNA). APEx allowed for an important step toward providing access to European archival information independent from time and place for all users world-wide who are interested in European history

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Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom: €32 million to improve European digital services

The European Commission launched a call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom making €32 million of EU funding available for the deployment of European Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs).

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AAL Smart Ageing Prize

The Active and Assisted Living Programme is launching its first Challenge Prize to source innovations in internet connected devices and technologies (Internet of Things) that empower older adults to achieve the quality of life they aspire to.

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A framework for implementing responsible research and innovation in ICT for an ageing society

The EU-funded project Responsible-Industry has drafted the framework on the basis of extensive consultation with international representatives from research, industry and civil society. It consists in a set of recommendations and procedures for the facilitation of Responsible Research and Inno in industry. The report is aimed primarily at CEOs, senior executives and project managers who work in industries and businesses that are exploring the use of ICT for an ageing society. It specifies the principal social implications and ethical risks in this field.

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Support for the creation of the contact group on large-scale sustainable deployment of digitally-enabled innovation for active and healthy ageing

The objective of the study is to identify and mobilise the relevant organisations involved in the scaling up of innovation in Europe, qualify and quantify their investment in implementation of innovative solutions for active and healthy ageing and establish collaborative commitments ensuring that impact from these investments in innovation are maximised.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Best practices for ICT procurement based on standards in order to promote efficiency and reduce lock-in: 2-year project completed

The European Commission has published a study on the best Practices for ICT procurement based on standards in order to promote efficiency and reduce lock-in.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Stakeholder workshop: "Towards a future proof ePrivacy legal framework"

The European Commission will host a stakeholder workshop to discuss the key issues around the new ePrivacy legal framework.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Active and Assisted Living Programme workshop at ICT4AWE 2016

The Active and Assisted Living Programme, in cooperation with the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, will organize a workshop in Rome within the framework of the “ICT4AWE 2016” international conference which will take place on 21 and 22 April in Rome. The exact date of the event will be shortly confirmed. The workshop will be an opportunity to present the 2016 AAL call, which will focus on “Living well with dementia” and the experiences of some European Regions in programming, funding and implementing ICT solutions for active and healthy ageing.

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10th European e-Accessibility Forum : e-Accessibility in a connected world

This event will explore the following questions: Why is the Internet of Things so important to our social and economic development; How do businesses and public services plan to capitalise and contribute to the Internet of Things; The potential of the IoT to bridge the digital divide; How dialogue can be instigated between e-Accessibility stakeholders and industry to ensure that all IoT components are born accessible; How e-Accessibility stakeholders can tackle security and privacy issues and install trust among disabled and elderly users.

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Questions & Answers on Trust Services under eIDAS

On 1 July 2016, the provisions applicable to trust services under the eIDAS Regulation (Regulation (EU) N°910/2014) will apply directly in the 28 Member States. How to be ready for it? What’s new? What will change with regard to the existing eSignature Directive? What must be done at National level? How does it impact market operators? How does it benefit users (citizens, businesses and public administrations)? What will the Commission do to accompany the switchover?

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Successful weekend for EU Media supported movies: 15 Césars and 2 Oscars

15 of the 22 Cesars awarded this weekend went to 8 EU Media supported films, among the most successful were Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, and Marguerite by Xavier Giannoli. For the 4th consecutive year, the Oscar to Best Foreign Language Film went to a MEDIA supported film, Son of Saul. Another EU co-funded film, Amy, won the Oscar for Best Documentary.

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Connected and Automated Driving: Telecom and Automotive Industries Join Forces at Mobile World Congress 2016

During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, senior executives from more than 20 major players in the telecommunication and automotive industries joined Commissioner Oettinger in the second edition of his Roundtable on connected and automated driving.

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Policy and Networking Meeting on ICT-enabled public sector innovation

This networking meeting was organised by the Research Executive Agency (REA) in cooperation with the Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology (DG CONNECT).

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