The Commission published four new calls for proposals aiming to stimulate a lively and diverse public sphere and promoting citizens’ access to reliable information across the EU.
The Commission has published the reports by Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Microsoft and Google on measures taken in June to combat coronavirus disinformation. The current signatories and the Commission are also calling on new companies to join the Code of Practice on disinformation as it will help broaden its impact and make it more effective.
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.
Today the Commission has launched an interactive mapping tool to connect the media and audiovisual sectors with EU funding. It will facilitate access to information about EU funding opportunities for both the audiovisual and the news media sectors.
On 19 July, the Commission launched a public consultation on the review of the Web Accessibility Directive.
Five EU-funded titles have received awards in this 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which concluded on Saturday, 17 July with a closing ceremony.
The European Commission has kick-started two new Industrial Alliances: the Alliance for Processors and Semiconductor technologies, and the European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud.
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.
The Commission is launching infringement procedures against Hungary and Poland related to the equality and the protection of fundamental rights.
The Commission and the signatories of the Code of Practice on Disinformation are launching a joint call today inviting interested parties to become signatories of the strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation. New signatories are expected to help shape the revised Code together with current signatories.
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.
17 EU-funded films have been nominated for awards at the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which has opened its doors this week, for the first time in a physical format since 2019.
As of the 1st of July, the EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation entered into application. This means that EU citizens and residents will now be able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU.
The Commission published the reports by Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Microsoft and Google on measures taken in May against coronavirus disinformation as signatories of the Code of Practice on Disinformation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.