• Digital education shows upward trends in Europe's schools

      Digital education shows upward trends in Europe's schools

      The European Commission's Eurydice network published on 12 September a report that maps the state of digital education in schools across Europe. The report looks at how digital competences are taught and assessed. It also gives an overview of the digital skills of teachers, the policies designed to support digital education and the use of technology in large-scale national tests.

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    • GSA at 15: Linking space to user needs

      GSA at 15: Linking space to user needs

      Many spheres of our daily lives rely more and more on satellite navigation. On Tuesday the Prague-based European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Supervisory Authority GSA, which oversees the development of the European space programmes EGNOS and Galileo, the EU's own global satellite navigation system, marked its 15th anniversary.

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    • Brussels hosts first Global Vaccination Summit

      Brussels hosts first Global Vaccination Summit

      The European Commission co-hosts with the World Health Organisation (WHO) the first Global Vaccination Summit on 12 September in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the vaccine misinformation. “Vaccination already prevents 2-3m deaths a year and could prevent a further 1.5m if global vaccination coverage improved. Today's summit is an opportunity to address this gap, EC President Jean-Claude Juncker said.

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    • EU achieves greater transparency in food supply chain

      EU achieves greater transparency in food supply chain

      After banning unfair trading practices and improving the conditions for producer cooperation, the Commission presented in May the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain: stepping up the collection of prices of agri-food products at different stages along the supply chain to see how prices are determined. And following Wednesday's exchange with Member States, the Commission will now adopt the measures to introduce greater transparency.

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    • EU's defence and space arm will complement NATO

      EU's defence and space arm will complement NATO

      Under new Commission the EU will create a new defence and space unit to help fund, develop and deploy armed forces, President-elect Ursula von der Leyen stated last Tuesday. The creation of a defence branch, long resisted by Britain, is an attempt by the EC new head to stem a decline in EU influence, as it faces heavy US pressure to do more for its own security.

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    • Von der Leyen announces the distribution of portfolios

      Von der Leyen announces the distribution of portfolios

      Today, EC President-elect Ursula Von der Leyen announced the distribution of portfolios to Commissioners-designate during a two-hour long news conference at the Commission’s press room in Brussels. “Well-balanced, agile and modern” she labelled the new College adding that it will be led with “determination, clearly focused on the issues at hand and provides answers.”

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    • EU's satellite navigation system Galileo reaches 1bn smartphone users

      EU's satellite navigation system Galileo reaches 1bn smartphone users

      Galileo, Europe's satellite navigation system, will reach 1bn smartphone users worldwide on 10 September, EC press service reported. This milestone coincides with the 15th anniversary of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA), the Commission's key partner in operating Galileo. “I am confident that our space industry will continue to thrive with more work, ideas and investment under the new EU Space Programme,” Elzbieta Bienkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said ahead of a special event at the GSA's headquarters in Prague.

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    • New European citizens' initiatives registered

      New European citizens' initiatives registered

      The European Commission on Wednesday decided to register three new European citizens' initiatives. The organisers of the first of them 'Stop corruption in Europe at its root, by cutting off funds to countries with inefficient judiciary after deadline', call on the Commission to 'mandate a firm 10 year post accession deadline for an automatic moratorium on payments of structural and cohesion funds to a newly acceded country, until the monitoring mechanism is lifted from their judiciary'. They state that 'the current EU legal code allows undue interpretation'.

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