Neelie KROES
Vice-President of the European Commission

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Have an idea to make your city smarter?

Do you live in a city?

It wouldn't surprise me if the answer is yes – after all, two thirds of Europeans do.

So here's my question for you – is your city "smart"? Does it operate smoothly and sustainably? Do you have the information you need at your fingertips? Are you engaged and involved in with the decisions that matter to you?

"Like two halves of the brain": how we're working with the US

President Obama's visit to Brussels is a reminder of how the EU and US can benefit by working together.

A step forward in protecting the Open Internet

I am thrilled that the US Department of Commerce has announced that it will hand over control of some of the core Internet functions to the global multi-stakeholder community (functions like having the final say on the web's top-level domain names, such as .com or .de). This means the US Government is honouring a long-standing promise at a critical time for Internet Governance.

Vision, Execution and Passion: Ana Maiques on being a female innovator

Today, ahead of International Women's Day, a blog from entrepreneur Ana Maiques. Ana is co-founder and CEO of Neuroelectrics, a Starlab spin-off, developing technologies combining brain monitoring, neuromodulation, virtual reality and gaming. She is also today announced as one of the winners of the European Women Innovators Award.

A roadmap for European electronics

As I blogged a couple of days ago, public-private partnerships are an important part of Horizon 2020, our new research and innovation funding programme.

Horizon 2020: Investing in our future

With nearly €80 billion on offer, the EU's new research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, will be the biggest ever. Just last week we launched it, issuing the first "calls". And already now you can start to see the difference it could make to our future.

How we're building a Startup Europe: one year on

It's great to see all the innovators assembling at Le Web, Paris this year.  I'm sorry I couldn't be there with them – but was very inspired by what I saw going on. And it reminded me of my visit last year and the great chat I had with Loic Le Meur.

Wanted - innovators to take part in Europe's largest app challenge!

The EU is supporting an exciting opportunity: helping innovators – especially entrepreneurs and small businesses – come up with the ideas that could power tomorrow's internet, and compete for a prize pot worth hundreds of thousands of euros.

Innovating together – a great way for the EU to support its citizens

A few events this week showed how EU support is helping innovation help the lives of millions.

1. Active and Healthy Ageing


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