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  • Electronic Procurement in the EU opens doors to cross-border business
    Press releases
    23/05/2008
    The European Commission is moving a step closer to making it easier for companies, in particular Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), to bid for public sector contracts anywhere in the EU; a crucial step towards achieving the Single European Market. The Commission will co-finance a pilot project, driven by eight European countries that will create the conditions to link existing national electronic public procurement (e-procurement) systems. Simplifying cross-border procurement will generate savings on administrative and transaction costs and will benefit taxpayers who ultimately pay for public purchases. The project will invest more than € 19 million over three years, € 9.8 million of which will come from the European Commission's Competitiveness and Innovation Programme.
  • European industry signing up to "eCall" for faster road emergency services
    News Article
    23/05/2008
    The eCall Memorandum of Understanding (eCall MoU) is about to be signed by Vodafone Europe. Other important industry players, such as NXP semiconductors, have also expressed their interest to sign up to the MoU. With their signature, these companies commit themselves to actively supporting the timely implementation and deployment of eCall, the pan-European in-vehicle emergency call system.
  • State aid: future regime for cinema support
    Press releases
    22/05/2008
    European Commissioners Neelie Kroes, and Viviane Reding, responsible respectively for Competition and Information Society and Media have indicated their intention of proposing a three year extension to the current regime for state aid for film support schemes, as laid down in the 2001 Cinema Communication (extended in 2004 and 2007). The Commissioners have taken into account the fact that the final report of the study on the economic and cultural impact of territorial conditions in film support schemes does not seem to be conclusive about the economic or cultural impact of territorial conditions in film support schemes and underlines the need for further reflection. At the same time, a three year extension of the current regime will allow further reflection on new trends facing the sector which are not covered by the current Cinema Communication, including support for inter alia digital technology and film distribution, as well as competition among some Member States to attract inward investment from large-scale, mainly US, film production companies.
  • Commission decision on Broadband Wireless Access
    News Article
    22/05/2008
    The Commission adopted on 21 May, in line with the rules of the EU's regulatory framework for electronic communications of 2002, a decision on the harmonisation of the 3400-3800 MHz frequency band for terrestrial systems capable of providing electronic communications services in the Community.
  • Public consultation launched on "Information and Communication Technologies enabling energy efficiency"
    News Article
    21/05/2008 to 21/07/2008
    The purpose of this consultation is to gather information and opinions from stakeholders on which are the sectors that offer the most promising prospects for improved energy efficiency through the use of ICT and what are the actions to be taken at EU level in order to maximise these effects.
  • pHealth 2008
    Events
    21/05/2008 to 23/05/2008
    This is an international workshop on wearable micro- and nanosystems for personalised Health. It will offer a forum for discussion, networking and exchange of experiences. Future challenges for use of nano- and microtechnologies, wearable and implantable sensors and ICT into personal health management systems will be discussed.
  • Distributed Computing Workshop
    Events
    21/05/2008
    This workshop will bring together players from business and research communities to explore opportunities for collaborative developments. It is organised in the framework of the "Enabling Grids for EsciencE" project (EGEE). EGEE hosts the workshop together with the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council.
  • Turning data into risk knowledge
    Events
    21/05/2008
    This one day event will provide an insight into some of the latest technologies being developed by the MUSING Project. The programme will feature business and technology sessions including presentations from internationally recognised experts, who will be discussing about modelling knowledge for risk governance and innovative solutions for valuing data in risk management in the Basel II age financial industry.The workshop targets executives from the financial industry and senior researchers in risk management and financial sciences. Interactive panel discussions will close the workshop offering the audience an insight into semantic services and best practices.Presenting the latest in business technology, MUSING delivers next-generation knowledge management solutions and services to enable perceptive business intelligence activities, directly at the end-users premises. By applying innovative technological solutions, MUSING provides exclusive services for three business intelligence application areas: Financial Risk Management, Internationalisation and IT operational Risk & Business Continuity. The event is co-financed by the European Commission; participation is free of charge but subject to online registration. Places are limited and reserved on a first come, first served basis.
  • Contract notice - Study concerning Multi-territory licensing for the online distribution of audiovisual works in the European Union
    Call for tenders
    20/05/2008 to 18/08/2008
    The new Directive on audiovisual media services will facilitate the cross-border development of on-demand services, notably for the services provided online. This study aims at assessing the economic and cultural consequences of the introduction of a system encouraging forms of multi-territory licensing of audiovisual works.

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