• The Natali Grand Prize is awarded to Chinese journalist Yee Chong LEE for his report on the Sichuan earthquake.
    Press releases23 October 2009

    The award ceremony of the Lorenzo Natali Prizes for Journalism took place today during the 2009 European Development Days. An independent jury of eight representatives of the world of journalism chose the fifteen award-winners from over 1000 candidates from all over the world. Twelve regional prizes, a Special Prize for Radio, a Special Prize for Television and the Grand Prize were awarded. The Natali Grand Prize went to Yee Chong Lee, a journalist for Now TV, for his report "Sichuan earthquake, one year on". This young journalist from Hong Kong spent a month on the scene of the catastrophe talking to the inhabitants to find out the reasons behind the disaster and how reconstruction is progressing.

  • New civil society platform promotes multilingualism.
    Press releases23 October 2009

    A new civil society platform for the promotion of multilingualism held its constitutive meeting in Brussels today. Its main objective is to promote a permanent dialogue between the Commission and civil society on the different aspects of the multilingualism policy. Among the members of the platform are representatives from the education and culture sectors and the media and other civil society organisations such as the Club of Madrid and the Yuste Foundation.

  • Europe's growing army of bloggers and social networkers can generate new services and growth, says study
    News Article22 October 2009

    A study published today says that European interactive websites like video sharing sites and blogs are growing, generating revenue for both owners and contributors. Compared with the US, which hosts the most commonly used websites for content created by users (blogs, texts, videos, music, games and virtual objects), Europe has more contributors. For example, almost 4 in 5 Italian internet users read blogs compared to 60% in the US, 41% of Spanish users write blogs but only 26% in the US, almost 60% of Czech internet users upload photos and 48% of Polish internet users subscribe to RSS feeds, all ahead of the US (see annex). To help the emergence of European Flickrs and youtubes that turn this large European creativity into growth and jobs, the Commission’s report highlights the need for new and updated EU rules building a Single Market for content that can be made and shared online by anyone.

  • CALLIOPE Open Session - Call for eHealth Interoperability in Europe
    Events22 October 2009

    This session, organised within the EHTEL symposium, will be the first public opportunity to observe achievements and progress in the establishment of a cross-border access to patient and medication summaries as foreseen in the EU funded large scale pilots and discussed with European Stakeholder organisations in the "CALLepSO" joint work group. At the same time, the audience will learn about recent EU Commission and Member States eHealth interoperability initiatives and cross-border eHealth projects with political impact as well as how to interact with them with the help of the CALLIOPE Network.

  • @neurIST - important results at the World Congress of Neurological Surgery
    Promotional Material22 October 2009

    @neurIST was well represented at the Congress. The course during the workshop was designed to provide an insight of the @neurIST computational tool-chain to the participants by means of a practical hands-on simulation. Dissemination activities were important; attendees showed a great enthusiasm in gathering the information about the project activities and expressed their interest in participating in a multicentric trial aimed at clinical evaluation of these tools. An important recognition was attributed to one of the project scientis: Dr Pankaj Singh was one of the five young neurosurgeons to receive an award by the the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. Much more is available on the project newsletter.

  • Telecoms: Notification of proposed measure for retail access to the public telephone network in Malta withdrawn
    News Article22 October 2009

    The Maltese regulator, Malta Communications Authority (MCA), informed the Commission yesterday that it withdraws its notification of a draft measure under the EU Regulatory Framework for electronic communications. The notification related to the market for retail access to the fixed public telephone network in Malta. The Commission registered the notification on 23 September 2009 and was scheduled to express its views on the draft measure within one month, i.e. by 23 October. MCA is expected to notify the Commission of a new draft measure for the same market at a later stage.

  • Consumers: 60% of cross border internet shopping orders are refused, says new EU study
    Press releases22 October 2009

    There are widespread problems with refusals of orders for EU consumers trying to purchase goods online in another Member state, according to a new European Commission report on cross border consumer e-commerce published today. An extensive independent mystery shopping exercise was carried out for the Commission where shoppers across the EU tried to purchase a list of 100 popular products –for example cameras, CDs, books, clothes - from a cross border provider. Over 11,000 test orders were carried out. The research found that 60% of cross border transactions could not be completed by consumers because the trader did not ship the product to their country or did not offer adequate means for cross border payment. Latvia, Belgium, Romania and Bulgaria are the countries where consumers are least able to buy cross border (for full list of EU-27 countries ranked see MEMO/09/475 ). But in all but two countries the odds of succeeding in a cross border purchase are lower than 50%. The foregone benefits to citizens are also very clear. In more than half of Member States, 50% or more or the products could be found 10% cheaper (transport costs included) from a website in another country. And 50% of products searched could not be found in national sites and were only offered by another Member State trader. The Communication presents a series of measures to be taken to reduce the complex regulatory environment which is acting as a disincentive for businesses to serve consumers in other Member States. In addition and to boost confidence in online trading, the problems regarding the collection of commercial data and its use to profile and target consumers will be analyzed in a stakeholders forum.

  • European Commission launches reflection on a Digital Single Market for Creative Content Online
    Press releases22 October 2009

    The European Commission today published a reflection paper on the challenge of creating a European Digital Single Market for creative content like books, music, films or video games. According to Commission studies, a truly Single Market without borders for Creative Online Content could allow retail revenues of the creative content sector to quadruple if clear and consumer-friendly measures are taken by industry and public authorities (see IP/07/95). The digital availability of content thus presents great opportunities for Europe, but also a number of challenges. First of all, regulatory and territorial obstacles still stand in the way of digital distribution of cultural products and services and can impede creativity and innovation. In addition, illegal downloads on a large scale can jeopardize the development of an economically viable Single Market for digital content; there needs to be much more encouragement for legal cross-border offers. Against this background, the reflection paper – drafted jointly by the services of Commissioners Reding and McCreevy – outlines current challenges for three groups of stakeholders – rightholders, consumers and commercial users – and invites everybody interested to participate in a broad debate about the possible European responses to them. Comments can be sent by 5 January 2010.

  • Pan European eProcurement with PEPPOL
    Events
    21 October 2009 to 23 October 2009

    The conference, organised by PEPPOL project, will focus on the role of service providers and middleware suppliers in Pan European Public Procurement. This three day event is targeted to different audiences from executives and decision makers to IT-architects and programmers.

  • eChallenges e-2009
    Events
    21 October 2009 to 23 October 2009

    This is the nineteenth in a series of annual conferences supported by the European Commission, which bring together over 650 delegates from leading commercial, government and research organisations around the world to bridge the Digital Divide, by sharing knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and good practice. Thematic areas addressed in the Conference Programme include ICT for Networked Enterprises, eGovernment and eDemocracy, eHealth, Technology Enhanced Learning, Intelligent Content, Collaborative Working Environments, Living Labs, eInfrastructures, High Performance Computing Applications, Smart and Virtual Organisations, Mobility & Security and Identity Management. The goal of e-2009 is to stimulate rapid take-up of Research and Technology Development (RTD) results by industry and in particular SMEs, and help open up the European Research Area (ERA) to the rest of the world.

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