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EU-US Marketplace for all players in eHealth

The main goal of this eHealth marketplace is to encourage a multi healthcare sector, multi member state mission from Europe to meet with companies, health providers, research institutions and others from across the USA to encourage business relationships, research and other collaborations. In addition you will be able to attend an eHealth 'Policy Convergence' event co-organized by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) and the European Commission DG CONNECT. It is expected that the event will offer substantial opportunities to discuss the roadmap in detail for activities under the EU-US eHealth MoU roadmap, and to engage a variety of stakeholders in thinking about how they can become a part of activities to accomplish roadmap milestones. And last, the Partners Connected Health Symposium will take take place and there will be opportunities to introduce speakers and panellists from Europe, to this long established and successful event. For more information on the different deadlines check the conference website.

Conference EU-US Memorandum of Understanding on eHealth

The conference, stems from the work to promote collaboration done through NIMAC – the Northern Ireland Massachusetts Connection – an informal organization formed in 2009 which includes Massachusetts, Northern Ireland, Finland and the Catalonia region of Spain. It is designed to bring Health and Economic benefits to the citizens of both Europe and the US by the exchange of information, policy convergence and connecting like-minded companies, research institutions and others.

EU-US eHealth Marketplace and Transatlantic Health IT/eHealth Cooperation Assembly

The marketplace is designed to generate real business and lasting effective relationships. It will also co-locate the 2012 Transatlantic Health IT/eHealth Cooperation Assembly, co-organised by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the European Commission's DG Connect. This assembly will offer substantial opportunities to discuss the EU-US Roadmap of activities to advance the HHS-EC MoU goals. Activities within this event are listed in the main "Marketplace" programme, to help participants plan and prioritize their schedules.

East-Meets-West on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Congress is organised by the European Office of Cyprus under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU 2012. It will explore new tools to bring researchers and enterprises together from all over the world. The congress aims to: Improve links between scientific and business communities; promote private sector investment in science, innovation and enterprise development; and to encourage SMEs and scientists to exploit global knowledge resources and increase innovation financing mechanisms.

Digital Agenda: Commission calls on Polish telecoms regulator to improve access to fibre network

The European Commission has called on the Polish telecoms regulator (UKE) to amend or withdraw its proposal to give alternative operators only limited access to Telekomunikacja Polska's (TP) fibre networks. In the Commission's view, UKE's decision could have a negative effect on competition and the future development of fibre networks, and thus limit offers available to consumers and businesses.

Call for Proposals: Cross-border services, investment readiness and legal advice for ICT SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs

The overall objective of the call 10 (Objective ICT-2013.11.5) for proposal is to drive innovation, facilitate technology transfer, support entrepreneurship and the creation of start-ups and spinoffs etc, contributing to the exploitation of more innovative products and services out of EU R&D projects. This should be done through actions and events organised in thematic domains as well as the use of existing electronic platforms and networking tools. More details on page 112 of the WORK PROGRAMME 2013. Deadline: 15 January 2013

Call for proposals Challenge 5: ICT for Health, Ageing Well, Inclusion and Governance

Challenge 5 builds on the previous research activities on health, ageing, inclusion, and governance. It aims to support new policy developments such as the Digital Agenda for Europe, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing and Horizon 2020. It adapts also to better support innovation and activities closer to the market like pre-commercial procurement actions and platforms supporting social innovation. The focus will be on development of solutions that empower the individual, in a social context, to improve and manage personal life as a citizen, elderly, patient, consumer, civil servant or worker. For details on each domain and objective, check the workprogramme 2013 from page 53.

European Prizes for Innovation in Public Administration - now open

The European Prize for Innovation in Public Administration will be awarded to the nine most innovative initiatives run by public authorities from across Europe that are bringing improvements to citizens' lives, helping firms and stimulating research and education. The prizes will reward excellence and innovation in successful, already running, and innovative public initiatives managed by any national, regional or local public administrations from EU Member States or Associated Countries of the Research Framework Programme. They will have made significant improvements in citizens' lives by strategies, services, networks, processes and infrastructure offered by public Administrations troughout Europe. The contest will close on 15 February 2013.

Commission launches innovation partnership for Smart Cities and Communities

By launching a Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership (SCC) the European Commission aims to boost the development of smart technologies in cities – by pooling research resources from energy, transport and ICT and concentrating them on a small number of demonstration projects which will be implemented in partnership with cities. For 2013 alone, € 365 million in EU funds have been earmarked for the demonstration of these types of urban technology solutions.

Holiday season: useful tips for a worry-free summer

With the holiday season already starting and millions of Europeans intending on travelling within and outside the European Union, there are certain travel considerations that every European should be aware of. Whether these concern having a health insurance, resolving travel disputes with an operator, using a mobile phone abroad or even missing a child, these tips provide a useful insight into the ways in which the EU is working to help and assist EU travellers.

Passenger rights: new smartphone app to give you all your rights while travelling this summer

Passengers stranded at airports or awaiting missing luggage may now use a smartphone application to check their rights immediately and on the spot. Just in time for the summer holidays, the European Commission has launched an application for smartphones which covers air and rail transport and works on four mobile platforms: Apple iPhone and iPad, Google Android, RIM Blackberry and Microsoft Windows Phone 7. The app is available in 22 EU languages. It currently covers air and rail transport and will be extended to bus / coach and marine travel in 2013 when these rights come into force.

Digital Agenda: Wave goodbye to mobile internet rip-offs from 1 July; voice and SMS prices to fall also

From 1 July 2012, using mobile internet to access maps, videos, photos, social networks and email will be much cheaper while travelling in other EU member states. A new EU regulation means that, for the first time, there will be a maximum charge for "data roaming" - downloading data from the internet when using a mobile connection. The data roaming rules will mean savings of over €1000 per year for a typical businessperson travelling in the EU. A family taking an annual holiday in another EU country can expect to save at least €200. The new rules will also cut the maximum prices for voice calls and texts.

Arctic Light e-He@lth Conference 2012

This event will focus on the latest developments in e-health. How and why should regions implement e-health policies and tools to shape tomorrow's care? Regional decision-makers, policy officers, business and university experts are expected to attend.

Annual scoreboard confirms need for structural economic reform across Europe and surplus of ICT jobs; big trend towards mobile services and technology

Europe's citizens, businesses and innovators are generating enough digital demand to put Europe into sustainable economic growth, but failure to supply enough fast internet, online content, research and relevant skills is undermining this potential. Greater data consumption and a shift to mobile technologies (such as smartphones) and mobile services (such as 3G internet, music streaming and webmail) are the most significant trends in the information & communications technologies (ICT) sector, which now accounts for 8 million jobs and 6% of EU GDP.

Online Engagement Digital Agenda Assembly 2012

There is only one week left for the next meeting of the Digital Agenda Assembly (Brussels, 21-22 June) and more than 1000 members keep discussing on the online discussion platform which Neelie Kroes launched on 19 April in preparation both for the aforementioned meeting as well as the review of the Digital Agenda for Europe later in the year. The 40 members making the most interesting contributions have been invited to the Assembly in Brussels. Amongst others, there is an active online discussion group of [link] Speed Connections)[/link], featuring a lively debate on how next generation broadband could contribute to create jobs also in rural areas. In the [link] group)[/link] a survey is ongoing for identifying the most appropriate incentives to [link] (ICT security investment)[/link]. A recent discussion on [link] (Social Media)[/link], analyses the way the European Parliament has attracted thousands of followers and fans on most popular networks. The group on [link][/link] hosts many lively discussions from the reuse of “Open Apps” to the importance of sensor data. If you are interested in these or other issues discussed in the platform, [link] and contribute to the debate)[/link]!

Member States reach an agreement on building our future infrastructure

Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President responsible for transport and mobility, welcomed the efforts of the Danish Presidency and the outcome of today's Transport Council reaching a partial general approach on the initiative known as 'Connecting Europe Facility'. "The establishment of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is one of the key initiatives of the Commission in the context of the proposed package for delivering sustainable growth and jobs", said Kallas."I think this text presents a delicate balance within the Council and forms a fair basis for further work. It also reflects the very good coordination with discussions on the sectoral guidelines for trans-European networks, for whose implementation the CEF is crucial", he added.

The Magic Square – Towards an “intergalactic guide” to ICT standards

Don’t you think that the economic and technological potential of standards remains highly unexpressed? Don’t you think that ICT standards might get depressed soon? Don’t you think that the problem with an open and voluntary definition of interoperability lies upon the challenging communication of what standards are and why they are so important, with respect to the social challenges that the EU is facing today (here we specifically refer to standards in the fields of eHealth, eGovernment, Smart Cities, and IT Security)? ICT standards might be able to solve many of the major problems of the Universe, except communicating such an extraordinary ability.