• The leverage effect of photonics technologies: the European perspective
    Call for tenders
    09/05/2009 to 17/07/2009
    The study's principal goal is to investigate the leverage effect of photonics, particularly as applied to the European situation, to illustrate the degree to which this affects the development of new markets and to assess the potential economic and environmental impact of photonics technology take-up. As part of the study technologies, processes, applications or devices which depend on photonics technologies in their manufacture or require it to operate, without necessarily having a photonic component embedded in the final system, will need to be surveyed.
  • Cutting the price of phone calls – new termination rules
    Speech
    08/05/2009
    Opening remarks at press conference, Brussels, 7th May 2009
  • Educational workshop on molecular imaging - how it works and what is new?
    Events
    07/05/2009 to 08/05/2009
    The European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR) - and the European Network for Cell Imaging and Tracking Expertise(ENCITE) organise this workshop covering a variety of topics : Novel Imaging Technologies; Novel Imaging Reporter Probes; Novel Tools for Cell Labelling; Pre Clinical Validation; Translation towards Clinical Applications. Target groups include physicists, technicians, biologists, chemists and other professionals with an interest in the field of molecular imaging. Participation is free of charge. Pre-registration is mandatory before April 20.
  • Research Connection 2009 - EU supports innovation for employment
    Events
    07/05/2009 to 08/05/2009
    The European Union is providing a boost to the competitiveness of enterprises by facilitating the transfer of knowledge from academic research to businesses, thereby encouraging innovation. This is one of the aims of the conference where entrepreneurs will meet with scientists from all over Europe.
  • Info Session on EU Interoperability & Standards
    Events
    07/05/2009
    Europe has always promoted the development of a practical eHealth framework and an ICT infrastructure that would enable secure access to patient health information, particularly with respect to basic patient summaries and ePrescriptions between different European healthcare systems. To achieve this goal, EU Interoperability and the use of common standards is crucial. The event will consist of 2 sessions: an open session with 5 presentations on the EU interoperability and standards and a closed session aiming to discuss a possible industry statement on interoperability and use of standards for Belgium (members only session) - For participation, register on the Agoria website.
  • 180 million people now holding a European Health Insurance Card in their pocket
    News Article
    07/05/2009
    Since five years now the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) initiative counts 180 million people holding a European Health Insurance Card in their pocket. The EHIC is a free card that ensures cardholders receive the same access to public sector health care (e.g. a doctor, a pharmacy, a hospital or a health care centre) as residents of the country they are visiting. The EHIC replaces the previous paper form called E111, it thus participates to the promotion of the cross-borders eHealth services and the better access to the patient's data. The constant increase of new card' requests and card usage, being national or across borders, clearly show the need to continue to improve the interoperability of the healthcare services accross Europe.
  • Commission calls for action to unlock public sector information re-use
    News Article
    07/05/2009
    European citizens use products and services based on the vast amounts of information produced, collected and shared by public sector bodies, such as car navigation systems, weather forecasts and financial and insurance services, on a daily basis. But despite its economic value, estimated at €27 billion, much of Europe's public sector information, from statistics to traffic information, is however still not re-used. EU rules making it easier to re-use public sector information have had a positive impact on the public sector information market, the Commission said today. However, it also noted that the sector has not yet generated its full potential for the European economy. It called on EU Member States to implement practical measures such as making it easier to get a license to re-use public sector information, to put an end to exclusive agreements, to identify information that could be reused and make it easily available, to ensure that EU rules have a positive impact on the economy.
  • Telecoms: Commission acts on termination rates to boost competition
    Press releases
    07/05/2009
    The European Commission has today set out clear guidance for EU telecoms regulators on the cost-based method to be used when calculating termination rates – the wholesale fees charged by operators to connect the call from another operator's network which are part of everyone's phone bill. The guidance is in the form of a "Recommendation" that national regulators are obliged to take "the utmost account" of. The Recommendation indicates specifically that termination rates at national level should be based only on the real costs that an efficient operator incurs to establish the connection. Eliminating price distortions between phone operators across the EU will lower consumer prices for voice calls within and between Member States, saving business and household customers at least €2 billion in 2009-2012, and help investment and innovation in the entire telecoms sector. Mobile termination rates varied widely in the EU in 2008 from 2.00 euro cents per minute (in Cyprus) to 15 euro cents per minute (in Bulgaria). Mobile termination rates (on average 8.55 euro cents per minute) are also typically 10 times higher than fixed termination rates (on average ranging from 0.57 to 1.13 euro cents per minute). Higher mobile termination rates make it harder for fixed and small mobile operators to compete with large mobile operators. These divergences, and differing regulatory approaches, undermine the Single Market and Europe's competitiveness.
  • 1st European SME week
    Events
    06/05/2009 to 14/05/2009
    The first European SME Week is a campaign to promote entrepreneurship across Europe and to inform entrepreneurs about support available for them at European, national and local level. It allows SMEs to discover an array of information, advice, support and ideas to help them develop their activities. Events at national and local level are an opportunity for entrepreneurs, potential entrepreneurs and young people to learn more about the rewards and challenges of entrepreneurship and available support.

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