Data will play a key role in our future. Sometimes called ‘the new oil’, they form a basis for research and innovation and for the development of new products, services and powerful technologies. Innovations arising from open data will improve our lives and boost economic growth.
Building a European data economy
The first edition of the Horizon Europe info-days, will take place online from 28 June to 9 July 2021. The 10-day event will give the opportunity to prospective applicants, and other stakeholders of EU research and innovation, to receive information and ask questions about the novelties, main funding instruments and processes of Horizon Europe.
This workshop will focus on how collaboration in Innovation Procurement can help tackle current health care challenges in the EU. The event will be held virtually on 28 June 2021 (9:00-13:00 CET).
On 22 June 2021 (14h00-16h00) the European Commission will organise an info session about how to successfully prepare a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) or Public Procurement of Innovative solutions (PPI) type proposal for the Horizon Europe programme. This online webinar session will explain what are the funding conditions for these funding instruments, how the evaluation and submission process works, and what are the novelties that were introduced compared to the previous Horizon 2020 programme based on lessons learnt of past projects. You can also ask questions before and during the webinar. There is no need to register for the webinar.
The High-Level Roundtable on Data4Green, organised by the Lisbon Council and IDC, will address the ongoing discussion on reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and feed directly into key decisions on the European data strategy and the European green deal.
The Commission has launched 11 new European Partnerships together with industry, to boost investments in research and innovation and to overcome major climate and sustainability challenges, towards making Europe the first climate neutral economy and delivering on the European Green Deal. In line with the goals of the ‘twin' green and digital transition, the Partnerships will also deliver on the EU's digital ambitions for the next decade, Europe's Digital Decade.
The European Commission has launched an open public consultation on the announced Data Act aiming to create a fair data economy by ensuring access to and use of data. The consultation seeks to gather views from citizens, businesses, online platforms, academics, civil society, administrations and all interested parties. It is open until 3 September.
The objective of the Data Act is to propose measures to create a fair data economy by ensuring access to and use of data, including in business-to-business and business-to-government situations. The initiative would not alter data protection legislation and would seek to preserve incentives in data generation. Under this initiative, a review of Directive 96/9/EC on the legal protection of databases is also planned in order to ensure continued relevance for the data economy. This questionnaire aims at consulting all types of stakeholders, including citizens and businesses, about the different measures being explored in preparing the Data Act.
The European Data Market (EDM) monitoring tool will continue to provide essential information to the European Commission on the size and trends of the EU data market and data economy, the number of data professionals, the number of data companies and the revenues created by them.
27 CEOs of leading European companies submitted to the European Commission, a roadmap outlining technological priorities for investment needed to strengthen Europe's leadership in cloud and edge technologies. The companies agree to continue cooperating and further elaborating this strategic technology roadmap in the framework of the forthcoming Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud.
The platform supporting the Conference on the Future of Europe went live on 19 April 2021. It is an innovative space where citizens are able to discuss the future of Europe, share their ideas and submit proposals on topics that matter to them in any of the 24 official EU languages. This new interactive instrument and unique example of participatory democracy is powered by eTranslation, one of the AI based language tools developed by the European Commission.
The Institute for Business Competitiveness and the Spanish national cybersecurity competence center (INCIBE) invite interested bidders to submit offers for their first pre-commercial procurement in the cybersecurity field. The aim is to develop tools that can discover and eliminate websites or domains where hidden illegal activities happen, not only on the regular Internet but also on the Deep Web. The procurement receives funding from the European Union's European Regional Development Fund. Check out the video presentation of the tender scope. Deadline for submission of offers: 14 May 2021
Today, at the online Digital Day 2021, Ministers representing EU Member States signed three Declarations to pool efforts and resources to promote international connectivity, incentivise the rollout of clean digital technologies and improve the regulatory environment for start-ups and scale-ups. These tangible commitments will help accelerate Europe’s green and digital transformation and will contribute to the vision and goals of Europe's Digital Decade.
Digital Day 2021 will take place on 19 March as a virtual event, organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Portuguese Presidency.
Take a look at the agenda for Digital Day 2021, held on 19 March.
The hydrographic confederation of Segura (ES) aims to encourage the development of innovative real-time IT decision making systems to achieve more efficient and sustainable water management in the Segura River Basin District. Advanced simulation, forecasting and optimization tools - including artificial intelligence and big data capabilities - are needed to develop 5 new modules (meteorological prediction, simulation and hydrological prediction, agronomic module, water resources management, quantity and quality, economic analysis and prediction). Deadline to submit offers: 25 March 2021
Increasing the use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) in oncology requires further cost and technology acceleration. 8 health procurers from 5 countries (BE, FR, DE, ES, IT) invite potentially interested bidders to participate in the online open market consultation meetings on 11-12 May 2021 in preparation of their upcoming oncNGS pre-commercial procurement. Aim of the procurement is to develop an affordable NGS tumor-marker analysis kit applicable to all tumor types that enables predictive, prognostic and diagnostic analysis in liquid biopsies.
The final report of the Digitranscope project examines the role of governments and the EU in distributing the value generated from data more equitably in society. The report highlights the need for the EU and its Member States to intensify and accelerate the development of a European way of governing digitization.
The President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, delivered a speech yesterday at the ‘Masters of Digital 2021' event, where she said: “I believe the 2020s can be Europe's Digital Decade. A decade when Europe becomes a global leader in the digital world. New ideas are coming from the old continent. European industry as a whole is entering a new era. One fourth of industrial robots in the world are produced in Europe.”
The purpose of the DestinE Architecture Validation workshop, held on 26 November 2020, was to present the state-of-play and the progress made regarding the design of DestinE’s architecture, receive targeted feedback from experts on specific matters related to it, and refine the proposed architecture approach.