• Boosting European innovation arena

      Boosting European innovation arena

      The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) will have a budget of €3bn for the 2021-2027 programming period, which is an increase of €600m or 25% compared to the current one, according to the Commission's proposal tabled last Thursday. It aims to align the EIT with the next research and innovation programme Horizon Europe (2021-2027) delivering on the Commission's commitment to further boost Europe's innovation potential.

    • Growth hindered by external factors

      Growth hindered by external factors

      The European economy is set for its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2019, with all Member States' economies due to expand, the Commission stated in its Summer Economic Forecast released last Wednesday. The short-term outlook for the European economy, however, is clouded by external factors including global trade tensions and significant policy uncertainty. These have continued to weigh on confidence in the manufacturing sector, which is the most exposed to international trade, and are projected to weaken the growth outlook for the remainder of the year.

    • EU invests €35m in AI for cancer prevention

      EU invests €35m in AI for cancer prevention

      The European Commission launched on 9 July a call for proposals with €35m available to support the development of analysis of health images for cancer diagnostics based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as other tools and analytics focused on the prevention, prediction and treatment of the most common forms of cancer.

    • Improving the fight against fraud to the EU budget

      Improving the fight against fraud to the EU budget

      As of today, the Directive on the fight against fraud to the Union's financial interests by means of criminal law (PIF directive) enters into force. By harmonising the definitions, sanctions and prescription periods of the criminal offences linked to fraud to the EU budget, it will make work of judicial and police authorities more efficient to fight these types of crimes.

    • ЕC invests €11bn to solve societal challenges, boost jobs

      ЕC invests €11bn to solve societal challenges, boost jobs

      The European Commission announced on Tuesday how it plans to spend the last and biggest annual share of €11bn of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020. In this final year the Commission will focus on fewer and crucial topics such as climate change, clean energy, plastics, cybersecurity and the digital economy, supporting further the Commission's political priorities.

    • Stiffening rules on cybersecurity

      Stiffening rules on cybersecurity

      Entering into force on 27 June, the Cybersecurity Act is providing a new, strengthened and permanent mandate for ENISA, which will become the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity. So far, the Greece-based body was called European Network and Information Security Agency. The Cybersecurity Act puts in place, for the first time, EU-wide rules for the cybersecurity certification of products, processes and services.

    • EU budget is well managed

      EU budget is well managed

      The 2018 Annual Management and Performance Report (AMPR) approved by the College of Commissioners and published by the European Commission on 25 June shows the performance, management and protection of the EU budget, as well its key achievements in terms of creating jobs, investing in youth and supporting bloc's political priorities, like cohesion policy, cutting-edge research, climate action and migration.