Digitalisation

26 May: Is Europe fit for the digital age whilst the internet remains inaccessible for millions of Europeans?

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

The future is digital. The now is digital – an internet of things awaits us all, but, when cost and network coverage still remain key challenges for many across the European Union, we have to ask if Europe is genuinely fit for the digital age?

The Commission’s response is to create a regulatory framework for data governance, access and re-use; support the development of technological systems and cutting-edge infrastructure; improve competences in society and business; and build European data spaces in at least nine sectors (industry, Green Deal, mobility, health, …

18 May: Six priorities, a five year mandate and one pandemic

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

Europe’s decision makers face many challenges in addressing the pressing concerns of EU citizens. The way in which the EU institutions manage expectations is by establishing a set of priorities at the start of each mandate. These priorities are set by the newly elected European Parliament and the newly appointed European Commission and adopted by the Council of the European Union. Ownership and responsibility for delivery fall to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. The current term is 2019-2024 and six priorities have been adopted. Coronavirus was …

12 May: CONSULTATION : Europe’s Digital Decade: Commission launches consultation and discussion on EU digital principles

(Source: EU Commission)

Today, as a follow-up to its Digital Decade Communication of 9 March, the Commission is launching a public consultation on the formulation of a set of principles to promote and uphold EU values in the digital space. Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the Digital Age, said: “A fair and secure digital environment that offers opportunities for all. That is our commitment. The digital principles will guide this European human-centred approach to digital and should be the reference for future action in all areas. That’s why we want to hear from EU citizens.” Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, said: “This is Europe’s …

11 May: How the EU aims to boost consumer protection

(Source: EU Parliament)

Find out how the EU aims to boost consumer protection and adapt it to new challenges such as the green transition and the digital transformation.

As the economy becomes more global and digital, the EU is looking at new ways to protect consumers. During the May plenary, MEPs will debate the digital future of Europe. The report focuses on removing barriers to the functioning of the digital single market and improving the use of articial intelligence for consumers.

New consumer agenda

Parliament is also working on the new consumer agenda strategy for 2020-2025, focusing on five areas: green transition, digital …

11 May: How the EU aims to boost consumer protection

(Source: EU Parliament)

Find out how the EU aims to boost consumer protection and adapt it to new challenges such as the green transition and the digital transformation.

As the economy becomes more global and digital, the EU is looking at new ways to protect consumers. During the May plenary, MEPs will debate the digital future of Europe. The report focuses on removing barriers to the functioning of the digital single market and improving the use of articial intelligence for consumers.

New consumer agenda

Parliament is also working on the new consumer agenda strategy for 2020-2025, focusing on five areas: green transition, digital …

07 May: EIB President highlights need to scale up investment in skills and digitalisation to accelerate COVID-19 recovery at EU Social Summit

(Source: European Investment Bank)

Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, and Ricardo Mourinho Félix, Vice President, today joined European leaders and social partners at the Porto Social Summit organised by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.During the summit, President Hoyer emphasised the need to tackle education investment gaps, harness digitalisation to improve education and skills, and share best practice to maximise the social impact of investment in education and skills.President Hoyer and Vice President Mourinho Félix also visited Portugal’s first regional social innovation incubator, IRIS, to see how the EIB Institute is supporting social innovation …