Neelie KROES
Vice-President of the European Commission

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  • 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...

  • Security and privacy? Now they can go hand in hand

    Tue, 27/05/2014 - 11:30

    Online identification and authentication keeps transactions secure on the Internet, however this has also implications for your privacy. Disclosing more personal information than needed online when, say, you log in to your bank website may simplify the bank’s security at the cost of your privacy....

  • Technology supports diabetic patients and their doctors

    Wed, 21/05/2014 - 11:44

    Diabetes affects around 10% of the population; according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The disease places a huge financial burden on healthcare systems, and also leads to early death and poor quality of life. However, patients and healthcare professionals will now be able to partner up...

  • WIBRATE: Picking up on bad vibrations

    Tue, 20/05/2014 - 12:33

    We’ve all dreaded the moment, as we’re driving along, when the car starts to shake or rumble for no apparent reason. Or wondered nervously at the shuddering of an aeroplane as it takes off or lands. But what causes such vibrations? An EU-funded project to develop sensor systems that collect...

  • Opening Up a Universe of Employment Possibilities

    Tue, 06/05/2014 - 13:55

    Nearly a quarter of Europe’s adults under 25 are not in education, employment or training. These so-called NEETs are struggling to get on the first step of the employment ladder in this harsh economic climate. Young adults say that they need more confidence to get through job interviews but, with...

  • Robot caregivers help the elderly

    Mon, 05/05/2014 - 17:30

    Our ageing population is changing our society's dynamics and our economy. By 2050 there will only be two (instead of 4) Europeans of working age for each person over 65, and within a decade Europe will need to care for an estimated 84 million people with age-related health problems.

  • European Commission supports pilot projects on media freedom

    Fri, 02/05/2014 - 12:00

    European Commission support for journalists in the area of media freedom and pluralism comes into the spotlight on World Press Freedom Day, Saturday 3rd May. Four special projects launched earlier this year are receiving around €800,000, thanks to a budget earmarked by the European Parliament. They...

  • EU Research on the World Stage

    Wed, 30/04/2014 - 17:42

    By working in collaboration with partners from around the world, European ICT researchers are addressing global problems in medicine, agriculture, networking and beyond. EU-funded research projects are making a difference to people’s lives in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas while at the same...

  • Liquid crystal lenses to make phones more efficient

    Wed, 30/04/2014 - 11:14

    A new type of lens could make the batteries in your smartphone and tablet last longer, and it’s based on liquid crystal.


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