The European Commission has for the first time invited applications for funding (calls for projects) under Horizon 2020, the European Union's GBP 67 billion (Euro 80 billion) research and innovation programme. Worth more than GBP 12.6 billion (Euro 15 billion) over the first two years, the funding covers 12 areas including topics such as personalised healthcare, digital security and smart cities.
On 10 February the Vice-President of the European Commission, Vivianne Reding, will attend a Citizens' Dialogue event in Central London. This town-hall style event provides an opportunity to come and have your say about what you want the European Union to be doing for you in the future.
Passengers should soon be able to keep their smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other electronic devices switched on in non-transmitting "flight mode" throughout their plane journey following new safety advice from the EU's Aviation Safety Agency. Currently, electronic devices have to be completely turned off during taxiing, take-off and landing.
UK media – for example the Daily Mail, Daily Express and the Times – yet again reported that the European Court of Auditors (ECA) has not signed off the EU accounts. Some media -this time including the Daily Telegraph – claim that UK taxpayers will be liable to pay back GBP 800 million. Both statements are simply false.