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Copyright: Commission calls on Member States to comply with EU rules on copyright in the Digital Single Market

The Commission has requested Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia and Slovakia to communicate information about how the rules included in the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (Directive 2019/790/EU) are being enacted into their national law.

 
New rules on Open data and reuse of public sector information start to apply

Tomorrow, 17 July 2021, will mark the deadline for Member States to transpose the revised Directive on open data and reuse of public sector information into national law. The updated rules will stimulate the development of innovative solutions such as mobility apps, increase transparency by opening the access to publicly funded research data, and support new technologies, including artificial intelligence.

 
Commission launches ‘CharactHer' campaign to empower all talents in the film and media industries

Today, at the Cannes Film Festival, the Commission is launching an awareness campaign aimed at fostering diversity and inclusion in the film and news media industries and at highlighting gender equality and the role of women in the sector. The campaign, titled ‘CharactHer', is the first initiative with a clear focus on diversity and inclusion launched under the framework of the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan.

 
The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network is now ready to take off

The regulation establishing a new Cybersecurity Competence Centre and a Network of National Coordination Centres has entered into force this week. The Cybersecurity Competence Centre, which will be located in Bucharest, will contribute to strengthening European cybersecurity capacities and to boosting research excellence and the competitiveness of the Union's industry in the cybersecurity field.

 
Coronavirus: 100th EU disinfection robot delivered to European hospitals

On 28 June the 100th disinfection robot was delivered, part of the Commission's action to supply these to hospitals across the EU to help them cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Emergency Clinical Hospital Bagdasar-Arseni in Bucharest is receiving the robot today and six other hospitals in Romania are set to have one delivered in the coming days, thus benefitting from these robots' ability to disinfect a standard size patient room in as quickly as 15 minutes by using ultraviolet light.

 
EU Cybersecurity: Commission proposes a Joint Cyber Unit to step up response to large-scale security incidents

The Commission has laid out a vision to build a new Joint Cyber Unit to tackle the rising number of serious cyber incidents impacting public services, as well as the life of businesses and citizens across the European Union. Advanced and coordinated responses in the field of cybersecurity have become increasingly necessary, as cyberattacks grow in number, scale and consequences, impacting heavily our security. All relevant actors in the EU need to be prepared to respond collectively and exchange relevant information on a ‘need to share', rather than only ‘need to know', basis.

 
European Innovation Scoreboard: Innovation performance keeps improving in EU Member States and regions

The Commission has released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2021, which shows that Europe's innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. On average, innovation performance has increased by 12.5% since 2014. There is continued convergence within the EU, with lower performing countries growing faster than higher performing ones, therefore closing the innovation gap among them.

 
Commission makes more spectrum available for better and faster Wi-Fi

Today, the Commission adopted a Decision harmonising the use of the 6 GHz band for wireless networks across the EU, which will support a growing number of devices, online applications and innovative services that require larger bandwidth and faster speeds. Thanks to this, citizens and businesses will be able to enjoy better, faster and more stable Wi-Fi connections across the EU, including for video conferencing, streaming and sharing content, telemedicine or when using augmented reality technologies.

 
Commission to invest €14.7 billion from Horizon Europe for a healthier, greener and more digital Europe

The Commission has adopted the main work programme of Horizon Europe for the period 2021-2022, which outlines the objectives and specific topic areas that will receive a total of €14.7 billion in funding. These investments will help accelerate the green and digital transitions and will contribute to sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to EU resilience against future crises. They will support European researchers through fellowships, training and exchanges, build more connected and efficient European innovation ecosystems and create world-class research infrastructures. Moreover, they will encourage participation across Europe and from around the world, while at the same time strengthening the European Research Area.