Commissioner Neelie Kroes: All news Commissioner Neelie Kroes: All news Greener airports thanks to EU-funded tech Did you know that as airports get bigger and bigger they each consume as much energy as small cities? Think only about the lighting, heating and air conditioning systems in these huge transport hubs. That is why European researchers have used Commission funding to develop a new software and sensor system to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs by 20% in airports. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:38 GMT CASCADE: reducing energy use by airports itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=17525 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. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:30:00 GMT New report on state of EU Telecommunications markets itemlongdetail.cfm?item_id=17489 The European Commission just published a report on the telecommunications market and regulation in the EU, showing that investment in the field starts to grow again, data traffic is growing quickly, together with an increase in VoIP calls. However, huge discrepancies still exist among EU countries. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:21:32 GMT Embracing the open opportunity Open Knowledge Foundation, Berlin, 17 July 2014 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:45:16 GMT Commission encourages re-use of public sector data The European Commission is publishing guidelines to help Member States benefit from the revised Directive on the re-use of public sector information (PSI Directive). These guidelines explain for example how to give access to weather data, traffic data, property asset data and maps. Open data can be used as the basis for innovative value-added services and products, such as mobile apps, which encourage investment in data-driven sectors. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:15:36 GMT Frequently asked questions: "PSI guidelines" Background memo with FAQs Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:02:00 GMT Frequently asked questions: "Connected Communities" Background memo with FAQs on "Connected Communities" Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:33:29 GMT Call for local, regional and national leaders to take advantage of new EU broadband funding and support The European Commission has just launched its “Connected Communities” initiative – an umbrella for several systems designed to connect towns, cities, local broadband partnerships and operators to the advice they need to access finance and develop tailored business models for bringing fast broadband to their community. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:25:49 GMT Chips with everything Launch of a new partnership for European leadership in electronics, Brussels, 9 July 2014 Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:05:08 GMT EU-industry partnerships seek innovation boost with first €1 billion for projects Research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and Member States today presented their first calls for projects and partners under Horizon 2020, the EU's €80 billion research and innovation programme. Worth a total of €1.13 billion in public funding, which will be complemented by a comparable amount from the private partners, the first round of funding will go into projects that will improve people's lives as well as boost international competitiveness of Europe's industry. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:33:41 GMT Italian leadership for a connected continent Digital Venice, 8 July 2014 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:45:06 GMT 5G networks will be a leap, not a step, forward Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes says it’s important to understand 5G mobile will be more than just the next step beyond today’s 4G networks. “It will also offer totally new possibilities to connect people, and also things – being cars, houses, energy infrastructures. All of them at once, wherever you and they are." Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:05:38 GMT