Neelie KROES
Vice-President of the European Commission

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  • EVERYAWARE: Measuring your way to a healthier environment

    Tue, 05/08/2014 - 11:30

    Air and noise pollution are among the most insidious threats to our health. But what if we could monitor both from our smartphones? The AirProbe and Widenoise apps, developed by an EU-funded research project called EVERYAWARE, have made this possible. Partners from Belgium, Germany, Italy and the...

  • My car drives, parks and charges itself for me

    Thu, 31/07/2014 - 10:30

    Imagine you are rushing to catch a train but must first park your electric car inside the station garage. You lose precious time searching for a space, ideally one where you can charge your vehicle, which might cause you to miss the train. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just drop off the car in...

  • CASCADE: reducing energy use by airports

    Mon, 28/07/2014 - 11:30

    Airports are big energy consumers – and that’s before a plane takes off or lands. The daily electricity and thermal energy used by a large airport compares to that of a city of 100,000 people.

  • Helping SMEs fish the BIG DATA ocean

    Wed, 02/07/2014 - 11:30

    In its Communication on the data-driven economy, the European Commission outlines a raft of measures aimed at helping SMEs exploit Big Data to win new commercial opportunities.

  • PLACE-IT: Electronics-to-wear light up health care

    Mon, 30/06/2014 - 11:30

    For most electronic circuit boards, if you try to bend them, they snap and are rendered useless. But this is set to change. A European research programme called PLACE-IT has come up with a new type of flexible electronics that won’t break when you twist them.

  • Every citizen a scientist? An EU project tries to change the face of research

    Fri, 20/06/2014 - 11:30

    Would you like to help researchers understand the workings of our sun, or discover how large crowds of people can work together? While you may think such breakthroughs are the preserve of highly-specialised scientists with expensive equipment, the EU-funded project SOCIENTIZE allows you to lend...

  • Romanian researchers stay home to take part in EU programmes

    Thu, 19/06/2014 - 08:50

    EU-funded research projects in Romania are helping the country retain talent. Young researchers, who might be tempted to look for a career abroad, find they can contribute at an even higher level by staying at home and participating in exciting projects. They still get to travel, work with...

  • Smart treatment predictions for brain trauma

    Thu, 12/06/2014 - 09:43

    Most people who suffer a severe brain injury take years to recover – if they recover at all. But the right treatment in the crucial hours following an accident can make all the difference. Now an EU project is building sophisticated new computer models potentially able to improve diagnosis and...

  • Climate Change, Meet Cyborg Plants

    Tue, 03/06/2014 - 15:00

    We tend to think of plants as being the first victims of pollution and climate change. But thanks to an FP7 research project, crops, forests and even the plants in your back garden could be fighting back.

  • Taxation of the Digital Economy: High-level Expert Group presents final report

    Wed, 28/05/2014 - 14:36

    The European Commission has today received the final report of the High-level Expert Group on Taxation of the Digital Economy. This independent group was asked to examine key issues related to taxing the digital economy in the EU, and to present their ideas on the best approach to various...