How digital is your country? Europe improves but still needs to close digital gap
The 2017 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) shows that the EU is making progress but the gap between top digital players and lower-performing countries is still too wide. More efforts and investments are needed to make the most of the Digital Single Market.
EUR 10 million of loans for cultural and creative SMEs in Romania
The European Investment Fund and Libra Internet Bank have today signed the first guarantee agreement in Romania, supported under the new Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility from the EU’s Creative Europe programme.
Discover how supercomputers work and how real-life scientific breakthroughs are made possible by today’s computer simulations. Organised by PRACE, Surf-Sara and the University of Edinburgh, the training is free and starts on 6 March.
17 IT solutions shortlisted for the Sharing and Reuse Awards
The aim of the European Commission’s Sharing and Reuse Awards contest is to raise awareness about the benefits of sharing and reusing IT solutions in the public sector. The first results of the contest have now been announced. In total, 118 applications were received, out of which 96 fulfilled the eligibility criteria. The Evaluation Committee shortlisted the 17 best solutions from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Spain, and the Netherlands in 4 categories.
eGovernment: delivering innovative public services for citizens and businesses
The digital transformation of government will benefit citizens and businesses, save administrations money and create a new marketplace for public service applications. EU-funded projects have helped to overcome obstacles and provide the building blocks for administrations to deliver new digital services across departments and across borders.
From Lab to Market: Robotics Innovation Facilities
Going from concept and ideas to an automated production line or service can be very risky and expensive, especially for SMEs. That is why the European Union supports Echord++ to build Robotics Innovation Facilities to help companies in Europe with the first steps from lab to the market with robotic equipment and expertise.
Advancing Europe’s digital future: Digital Headlines
To accompany the 2017 Digital Economy and Society Index, and in advance of the Digital Day, part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the treaties of Rome, the Commission has published a paper with key messages for EU leaders and decision-makers.
Taskforce to take Health and Digital policies further
Putting the citizen at the centre of health and care re-design. The European Commission has set up a task force bringing together technology and health policy makers. Read the blog post by Roberto Viola (European Commission Director General DG Connect) and Xavier Prats Monné (European Commission, Director General DG Sante)
Functional safety and cybersecurity – CEN/CENELEC’s Stakeholder Engagement Workshop
Cybersecurity is becoming relevant to all industry sectors not just the ‘natively digital’, but also traditional industries as they digitally transform their processes, systems and supply chains. While this shift opens up opportunities, it also creates threats to operational safety, robustness and resilience. CEN and CENELEC will engage industry to define their standardization needs for functional safety and digital protection of their processes, systems and data.