Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative


New lighting solutions such as LEDs, lasers, computer and TV displays, the fibre-optic cables that are the backbone of the internet and of telephone systems, cameras, sensors: These and many other applications in all fields, from medicine to communications, manufacturing and design, depend on Photonics. But even though Photonics is a key enabling technology and already part of everybody's life, it has a low visibility among non-experts. The EU is therefore funding three outreach projects Read more
The Covenant on Demographic Change will engage local and regional authorities, and other relevant stakeholders, committed to develop environments that support active and healthy ageing and contribute to increase the healthy life expectancy, enhance independent living and well-being of older persons and create a society for all ages. It will closely cooperate and build on existing initiatives such as the WHO Global Network on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, the WHO-Europe Healthy City Network, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, in the spirit of the 2013 Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe. Read more
From 07/12/2015 to 10/12/2015
The 4-days event will call for "A Pact for Innovation". Highlights of this year's programme include topics such as 'policies and politics for innovation: creating a framework for success'; 'European Innovation Ecosystems'; tackling the society's grand challenges in areas such as water, energy, environment, agriculture, bio-economy, health, transport and the role of the digital revolution in areas such as smart manufacturing. The Summit will engage actively with young people and discuss the opportunity for them in driving the future of innovation in Europe. Read more
Partnerships, programmes, initiatives and reports. Read more
AAL Forum, Ghent
What can be done to ensure that innovative AAL solutions go to market successfully across borders? How can the EU support the journey of “innovation to market” (I2M initiative) for entrepreneurs / start-ups with the ambition to go-to-market across the EU? Building on existing accelerators, digital health and technology hubs, how can the EU help “high-potential” innovators develop a pan-EU market distribution networks and effective go to market strategies? This session, organised in the context of the AAL Forum 2015, will touch on areas such as compelling data needs to inform market strategies, training, mentoring, networking and brokerage opportunities for start-ups, early user / buyer involvement in development and much needed investment to fuel development and growth of innovation in active and healthy ageing. Read more
"It has been said that futurists don’t predict the future so much as drive us towards a better one. Fulfilling the promise of these emerging technologies depends on continued research and funding. Ongoing projects, such as the Allen Institute Brain Atlas and Cell Types project, the Brain Initiative, the Human Brain Project, the Blue Brain Project and the China Brain Science Project, are all paving the way towards not only a better understanding of how the brain works, but technologies that take advantage of these discoveries to improve society." (World Economic Forum) Read more
Reading through page after page of dry text may seem like a challenge, especially for children. But what if computers could understand a text and convert it automatically into actions, characters, situations, plots and objects illustrated in a 3D virtual world, which will allow the readers to interact with the story? This is the vision of MUSE (Machine Understanding for interactive StorytElling) project. It introduces a new way of exploring and understanding information by bringing texts to life and developing an innovative text-to-virtual-world translation system. Read more
From 24/08/2015 to 16/11/2015
The Commission is consulting on Directive 93/83/EEC of 27 September 1993 on the coordination of certain rules concerning copyright and rights related to copyright applicable to satellite broadcasting and cable retransmission (Directive) first to gather input for the evaluation process in order to assess the current rules, and, second, to seek views on a possible extension of the Directive in light of market and technological developments, with the objective of contributing to the Digital Single Market Strategy. Read more
The European Commission is asking whether EU rules which define where and how satellite broadcasters and cable companies should clear copyright are up-to-date, in a public consultation launched today. It is also seeking views on the impact of extending these rules to cover broadcasters' services (including TV and radio) provided over the Internet, This consultation is part of a broader review of the 1993 EU Satellite and Cable Directive, one of the 16 initiatives announced in the Commission's plan for the Digital Single Market. In particular, the Commission aims to enhance cross border access to broadcasting and related online services across the EU. Removing barriers in the Digital Single Market will reward creation, and strengthen Europe's creative and broadcasting sector, while giving consumers access to a wider variety of works, especially across borders. Read more