• Supporting media literacy to keep pluralism, values

      Supporting media literacy to keep pluralism, values

      Only half of the population know to distinguish true information from false on the internet. Only a fifth of the adult population over 35 have been educated in fact checking online. This data from the survey 'Swedes and the internet 2018' and the projects that aim to change this situation were among the many different cases presented at the high-level conference on media literacy in Brussels. It was hosted by the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel.

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    • Security Union builds up

      Security Union builds up

      The EU's Security Union is slowly building up with 15 out of 22 legislative initiatives agreed so far, the Commission said in its latest report. However, some of the key proposals, such as terrorist content online and the European Border and Coast Guard, still require urgent action if they are to be closed before the European Parliament elections in May 2019. Furthermore, prior to the elections, it is of utmost importance to redouble efforts to fight disinformation and boost electoral and digital resilience.

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    • EU's biggest research programme yet takes shape

      EU's biggest research programme yet takes shape

      The European Union's three governing institutions - the Parliament, Council and Commission - reached agreement in the small hours of 20 March on the outline of the EU's next seven-year research-funding programme. But the institutions are yet to settle on a budget for the scheme - called Horizon Europe and due to launch in 2021 - which has been proposed at around €100bn and is expected to be the largest EU research programme yet.

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    • Theresa May asks for Brexit delay until 30 June

      Theresa May asks for Brexit delay until 30 June

      British Theresa May has asked the EU for a short extension of the Brexit deadline until 30 June. In a letter to EU leaders sent last Wednesday May requested for a three month delay. “As prime minister I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than the 30th of June,” she told MPs in Parliament. “I have therefore this morning written to EC President Donald Tusk, informing him that the UK seeks an extension to the Article 50”.

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    • Clean energy infrastructure gets €750m

      Clean energy infrastructure gets €750m

      The Commission released last Wednesday €750m of funding for key European energy infrastructure projects with major cross-border benefits. Supporting the construction of necessary infrastructure, contributes to the Commission's energy policy priorities of improving energy security, whilst giving consumers more choice, and spurring economic growth and jobs.

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    • Commission launches online tool to ease cartel reporting

      Commission launches online tool to ease cartel reporting

      Whistleblowers will be able to report suspected price-fixing without showing up at the offices of the EU's antitrust regulators as last Tuesday the Commission launched new online tool aimed at make it easier for companies to tackle the issue, the EU press service reported. “Users of eLeniency can directly provide corporate statements and upload supporting documents on a dedicated secure server of the Commission,” the EU said.

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