Friday, May 27, 2016

Digital technologies' contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

Mr Andrus ANSIP, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Single Market, has invited high level guests to the European Development Days for a panel debate on Digital technologies' contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Digital Solutions for Better Health

"The European Cloud initiative will make it easier for researchers and innovators to access and process health data." and "eHealth is one of the areas that can definitely profit from our Digitising European Industry strategy", writes Director General Roberto Viola (DG Connect, European Commission) in his blog post.

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Communicating key results achieved from EU funded research and innovation on ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing

The full title of this call for tenders is "Communicating Key results achieved from EU funded research and innovation on ICT for Active and Healthy Ageing under Framework Programme 7, the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme and Horizon 2020 - SMART 2016/0072" This publication is made pursuant to Article 124.1 of the Rules of Application of the Financial Regulation that provides for an ex-ante publication on the Institutions' websites of contracts with a value up to 135.000 EUR.

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10 things not to miss at eHealth Week

These are the top 10 things not to be missed at the annual European eHealth Week in Amsterdam.

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DigiNew-B tool monitors health of premature babies

Prevent infections and improve the prognosis for premature newborns. That's the aim of a project initiated by two Breton teachers, which has just been awarded 4.4 million Euros. The new tool is called DigiNew-B and will capture and analyse changes in behaviour of newborns. The French television channel France 3 published a story about it.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

EU-funded innovation procurement in the healthcare sector

On 11 and 12 May, the European Commission (DG Connect) and the EPP eHealth project hosted two workshops on innovation procurement in the healthcare sector. The videos of the events are now available.

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First eStandards conference: next steps to standardization in large-scale eHealth deployment

"eStandards nurture large-scale eHealth deployments, trusted dialogs on costs, plans, and expectations, and strengthen Europe’s voice and impact with digital assets that fuel creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation so that people enjoy timely safe and informed health no matter where they are." This was said at the first eStandards conference at the ConhIT conference in April.

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Smart Appliances in the Smart Home - SAREF - Smart Applicances Reference

The European Commission (DG CONNECT) is organising a session during the Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels on "Smart applicances in the smart home - The SAREF standard for buildings for the new electricity market".

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Meet the 15 finalists of the EU eHealth SME Competition 2016

The finalists of the EU eHealth Competition for SMEs are known. The winners will be judged and awarded on the 9th of June during eHealth Week 2016 in Amsterdam.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Online healthcare - what's the status?

People want to participate in their healthcare and this happens more and more online. But what is the state of play of topics such as digital health literacy, mHealth apps and electronic health records? In the run up to eHealth Week, Policy Officer Terje Peetso (DG Connect, European Commission) discusses this in the May edition of 'Adjacent Government': "eHealth is for citizens".

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Mobile Age project: making senior citizens benefit from open government data

On 1 February 2016, ten European partners launched the Mobile Age project. Aiming to develop inclusive mobile access to public services using open government data, Mobile Age targets a group of citizens that are usually marginalised when it comes to technical innovations but which is rapidly growing in number and expectations: European senior citizens.

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MyHealthAvatar: your digital health status through an app

The EU-funded MyHealthAvatar research project has launched an app that collects, and gives access to, your digital long-term health-status information. It takes on the form of a life-long health companion ('avatar'). 'MyHealthAvatar' also predicts your risk for stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension.

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Ex-post REFIT evaluation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive 2010/13/EU

Commission Staff Working Document - Ex-post REFIT evaluation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive 2010/13/EU Accompanying the document "Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law,regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities (COM(2016) 287 final) - (SWD(2016) 171 final)

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The New H2020 Robotics Projects in the SPARC Strategy

The new H2020 Robotics projects and their contribution to the SPARC strategy were presented at the European Robotics Forum.

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eGovernment in EU countries - State of play

Are you looking for a comprehensive overview of eGovernment in your country?

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Impact assessment accompanying the Proposal for an updated Audiovisual Media Services Directive

Commission Staff Working Document - Impact Assessment accompanying the document "Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities (COM(2016) 287 final) - (SWD(2016) 169 final}

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ERGA Press release on the proposal by the European Commission to revise the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

ERGA welcomes the proposals from the European Commission for the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.

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Commission proposes new e-commerce rules to help consumers and companies reap full benefit of Single Market

The European Commission today tabled a package of measures to allow consumers and companies to buy and sell products and services online more easily and confidently across the EU.

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Boosting e-commerce in the EU - Questions and answers

Questions and answers on Geoblocking, cross-border parcel delivery, consumer protection and unfair commercial practices

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Commission updates EU Audiovisual rules and presents targeted approach to online platforms - Questions & Answers

Questions and Answers on the Modernisation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and on Platforms

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Commission updates EU audiovisual rules and presents targeted approach to online platforms

The European Commission today proposed an update of EU audiovisual rules to create a fairer environment for all players, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech better. This proposal also reflects a new approach to online platforms, addressing challenges in different areas.

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Commission to broker a new Alliance to better protect minors online.

The Commission will broker a new Alliance to better protect children online, as part of its efforts to encourage industry to develop codes of conduct to support the implementation of the EU's updated audiovisual rules.

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Audiovisual and Media Services Directive (AVMSD) - Study on Advertising Rules

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

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Proposal for an updated Audiovisual Media Services Directive

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities (COM(2016)287)

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AVMSD - Self and Co-regulation study

The study on the “Effectiveness of self- and co-regulation in the context of implementing the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)” has been carried for Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT), of the European Commission.

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Audiovisual and Media Services Directive- Study on Protection of Minors

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

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Report on the public consultation on the review of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)

The public consultation on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD -Directive 2010/13/EU - "A media framework for the 21st century"), took place from 06/07/2015 to 30/09/2015. The synopsis report is available below.

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Audiovisual and Media Services Directive (AVMSD) - Study on media freedom, public interest and access for disabled people

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

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Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market Opportunities and Challenges for Europe

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market Opportunities and Challenges for Europe (COM(2016)288)

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Study on the role of intermediaries - Summary of the public consultation

A majority of the respondents stands behind intermediary liability principles of the e-Commerce Directive, but also demands some clarifications or improvements.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ERGA report on territorial jurisdiction in a converged environment

The notion of territorial jurisdiction determines which Member State’s regulation shall apply to a certain audiovisual media service.

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2nd Survey of Schools: ICT in education

The objective of the study (SMART 2015/0071) is to measure progress on the use of and assess the impact of ICT use in schools for the purpose of teaching/learning.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Connecting Europe Facility Telecom call 2 virtual Info Day

The Virtual Info Day will cover four priorities of the 2016 CEF Telecom Calls: eDelivery, eIdentification and eSignature, European eJustice Portal, Public Open Data.

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MEDIA-supported "I, Daniel Blake" by Ken Loach crowned Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach scooped his second Palme d'Or with "I, Daniel Blake", a portrait of an ailing carpenter facing the bureaucracy of the healthcare system in today's Britain. Close to 100,000 euros were invested in the development and the distribution stages of this film. This is the 15th Palme d'Or awarded to a film supported by MEDIA since 1991, as the programme celebrates this year its 25 anniversary.

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Call for tenders to purchase services that help make the Internet a trusted environment for children and young people

You will find here all details and useful links about the Call for tenders launced by the European Commission has launched in order to ensure that children, parents and teachers have access to the right tools and information in the digital environment.

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Commission releases the 2016 "European Digital Progress Report": unequal progress towards the Digital Single Market

The European Commission has just released a report on digital progress in the EU. The analysis shows that Member States are at very different stages in the development of the digital economy; some, for example, such as the Nordic countries, are among the most advanced in the world, whilst other still have a lot of catching up to do.

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Europe's Digital Progress Report 2016

Europe's Digital Progress Report provides an overview of the progress made by Member States in digitalisation. It also details the policy responses by Member States to address the specific challenges that face them.

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