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#DESI: How digital is your country? 2018 Digital Economy and Society Index shows Europe’s slow progress

#DESI: How digital is your country? 2018 Digital Economy and Society Index shows Europe’s slow progress

| May 22, 2018

The European Commission has released its 2018 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), showing that the EU is getting more digital, but progress remains insufficient for Europe to catch up with global leaders and to reduce differences across member states. According to the index, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands scored the highest ratings and […]

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New #EUDataProtectionRules: MEPs and MPs to debate implementation and impact

New #EUDataProtectionRules: MEPs and MPs to debate implementation and impact

| May 18, 2018

As new EU rules on data protection are set to take effect on 25 May, MEPs and national MPs will met to discuss their implementation. At this interparliamentary committee meeting, MEPs and national MPs will discuss how the new rules are to be enforced, with representatives of the EU institutions, law enforcement authorities, intergovernmental organizations, […]

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EU leaders’ meeting in #Sofia: Completing a trusted #DigitalSingleMarket for the benefit of all

EU leaders’ meeting in #Sofia: Completing a trusted #DigitalSingleMarket for the benefit of all

| May 16, 2018

Ten days ahead of the entry into application of the General Data Protection rules, the European Commission has presented a set of concrete actions that European leaders can take to protect citizens’ privacy and make the EU’s Digital Single Market a reality before the end of 2018. The Communication presented is the Commission’s contribution to […]

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Verifying #BigTech promises

Verifying #BigTech promises

| May 11, 2018

The pattern in Silicon Valley is too familiar. Move fast, break things, apologize, promise to do better, and repeat. After nearly two decades of this pattern, we are exhausted, writes Dr. Hany Farid. We are exhausted by spectacular failures to protect user’s privacy, allowing advertisers to illegally target housing and job ads based on race and […]

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European Commission and #EIB further clarify statistical treatment of #EnergyPerformanceContracts

European Commission and #EIB further clarify statistical treatment of #EnergyPerformanceContracts

Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are launching a new Practitioner’s Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts.     The new Guide follows the Eurostat Guidance note on the revised treatment of Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts, issued in September 2017, and explains […]

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#JunckerPlan: €250 million for female entrepreneurs in Spain, €500m for SMEs in Central Europe

#JunckerPlan: €250 million for female entrepreneurs in Spain, €500m for SMEs in Central Europe

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group has signed two new deals under the Juncker Plan’s European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), providing €750 million in financing to small businesses in the EU. The first is a €250m agreement with Caixa Bank in Spain which will focus on supporting innovative projects led by female entrepreneurs. The […]

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Commission clears acquisition of parts of #BayerCropScience business by #BASF, subject to conditions

Commission clears acquisition of parts of #BayerCropScience business by #BASF, subject to conditions

The European Commission has conditionally approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of parts of Bayer’s Crop Science business by BASF. This transaction is related to the Bayer/Monsanto merger divestment commitments. The decision follows the Commission’s conditional clearance in March 2018 of Bayer’s planned acquisition of Monsanto. Bayer committed to divest an extensive remedy […]

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