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5G network technology: Putting Europe at the leading edge

Written by Ron Davies, 5G refers to a future, fifth generation of mobile network telecommunications technologies. While research on the technical characteristics and potential uses of 5G is ongoing, 5G is expected to represent a major leap forward from current telecommunications technologies, including revolutionary changes in radio interfaces and spectrum use. On the basis of … Continue reading

Bridging the digital divide in the EU

Written by Mar Negreiro Digital technologies play an important role in the everyday life of most Europeans; the internet allows people, businesses and governments to transform the ways they communicate and engage with one another. Yet some parts of the population are still excluded from using these new methods. Improving the EU fast broadband internet … Continue reading

Interoperability for a modern public sector

Written by Ron Davies, The electronic services of European public administrations need to interoperate to support citizens and businesses studying or working in other Member States, as well as to reduce costs and realise efficiencies for governments. A renewed EU programme for 2016-2020 proposes to continue support for interoperable e-government services, emphasising open data and … Continue reading

Outcome of the 25-26 June European Council

Written by Suzana Elena Anghel, Stanislas de Finance, Ralf Drachenberg This 25-26 June 2015 summit witnessed an intense debate. While the agenda originally covered Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), the digital single market and the European Semester, in addition to a presentation from David Cameron, United Kingdom Prime Minister to outline his vision on renegotiating his … Continue reading

Outlook for the European Council of 25-26 June 2015: Pre-European Council Briefing

Written by Suzana Elena Anghel Gavrilescu and Ralf Drachenberg The June European Council has a comprehensive list of topics to discuss, including the situation in the Mediterranean, the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), fighting terrorism, economic governance aspects, and the digital agenda. In addition, a presentation by the British Prime Minister on the future role of … Continue reading

Digital Single Market and geo-blocking

Written by Tambiama Madiega On 6 May 2015 the European Commission unveiled its Digital Single Market Strategy with which, inter alia, it intends to remove barriers to e-commerce across Europe. One such barrier is ‘geo-blocking’, that is commercial practices that prevent or restrict customers from accessing or purchasing a product or a service online, thereby … Continue reading

Digital single market in Europe [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski On May 6, the European Commission unveiled its strategy for creating a digital single market, one of the top priorities of President Jean-Claude Juncker. It aims to stimulate economic growth and create jobs by making the European Union embrace the digital revolution and open up digital opportunities for people and businesses. … Continue reading

Radio spectrum: a key resource for the Digital Single Market

Written by Ron Davies Radio spectrum refers to a specific range of frequencies of electromagnetic energy that is used to communicate information. Applications important for society such as radio and television broadcasting, civil aviation, satellites, defence and emergency services depend on specific allocations of radio frequency. Recently the demand for spectrum has increased dramatically, driven … Continue reading

EU lagging behind in fast broadband

Written by Mar Negreiro The high speed broadband gap between the EU and U.S is widening as the U.S performs better than the EU in most broadband metrics: this is the main message from the publication: U.S. vs. European Broadband Deployment: What Do the Data Say?, presented by its author in a meeting at the … Continue reading

The Cost of Non-Europe in the Single Market. Part III – Digital Single Market

Cost of Non-Europe Reports identify the possibilities for economic or other gains and/or the realisation of a ‘public good’ through common action at EU level in specific policy areas and sectors. This Cost of Non-Europe Report seeks to analyse the costs for citizens, businesses and relevant stake-holders of remaining gaps and barriers in the European … Continue reading

Adapting the EU copyright rules to the digital transformation

The initiative to modernise the EU copyright framework was launched in May 2011 in the European Commission’s strategy on “A Single Market for Intellectual Property Rights” and pursuant to actions in the Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe. In December 2012, the Commission then published a “Communication on Content in the Digital Single Market” in which it aims … Continue reading

Europe’s cultural heritage online

The European Union (on the basis of article 167 TEU) supports the goal of online accessibility for Europe’s cultural heritage by helping to create the conditions for digitisation, accessibility and preservation of cultural content. It fosters collaboration between Member States and cultural institutions, and also between these cultural institutions and other stakeholders. Thus it helps … Continue reading

Can e-skills boost job growth in Europe?

Computers and the Internet are changing the world. The innovations produced by the digital economy are gaining in popularity: think of cloud computing, social networks, mobile broadband, to name a few. But can these be the solution for unemployment in Europe? As Internet in Europe rapidly penetrates all areas of life, EU-citizens are acquiring basic … Continue reading

21% GDP productivity growth – Why the digital economy is important!

This week is dedicated to the digital economy – let’s take a look at why it is increasingly relevant to everybody: whether as business, government or citizens. The digital economy refers to an economy empowered by digital technologies. For policy makers, these represent today one of the best opportunities for economic growth and job creation. In … Continue reading

The new legislative proposal for electronic identification and eSignatures

For Internet users and businesses electronic authentification technologies, such as eIDs and eSignatures, are essential to guareente secure online transactions and to protect data privacy. The Digital Agenda for Europe has foreseen under the Digital Single Market actions the revision of the existing eSignature Directive (Directive 1999/93/EC) given the fact that there is no comprehensive EU cross-border framework for secure and trustworthy online transactions that … Continue reading

Deploying ultra fast broadband

The Digital Agenda for Europe has set up ambitious targets to boost ultra-fast broadband penetration in Europe: by 2020, there should be access to speeds of above 30 Mbps for all Europeans (currently at 54%) and subscription of Internet connection above 100 Mbps for 50% or more of European households. However, the latest measurement shows that this is still far … Continue reading

Orphan Works

Large-scale initiatives to digitise the collections of libraries have raised the problem of rights related to “orphan works” – those for which rights-holders cannot be identified or found. The Commission has proposed a Directive which seeks to find a balance between protecting potential rights-holders and facilitating certain uses of orphan works in the internal market. … Continue reading

Digital Agenda Assembly event to take place in the EP on 22 June 2012

 What is the DAA? The European Commission’s Communication (2010) on a Digital Agenda for Europe announced a yearly Digital Agenda Assembly (DAA), an event where stakeholders get together to discuss progress, including representatives of  Member States, EU institutions, citizens and industry. This year’s DAA will take place in Brussels on 21-22 June.  The event is inter-institutional, organised … Continue reading

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