European Commission

    • EU Commission creates expert group on AI

      EU Commission creates expert group on AI

      The European Commission has set up a 'High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence," that will  have as a general objective to support the implementation of the European strategy on AI and robotics. This will include the elaboration of recommendations on future AI-related policy development and on ethical, legal and societal issues related to AI, including socio-economic challenges.

    • Up to €3bn to be invested in Erasmus+

      Up to €3bn to be invested in Erasmus+

      2018, according to the Commission's plans. From an expected budget of €3bn for next year, €30m has been set aside for dedicated European Universities. This is a new initiative that was endorsed by EU leaders at the Gothenburg Social Summit last November, and part of the push towards establishing a European Education Area by 2025.

    • EU, Italy budget clash gets deeper

      EU, Italy budget clash gets deeper

      For the first time in EU's history, the European Commission decided last week to ask a Member State to revise its budget plan. On Tuesday, the EC rejected Italy's proposed 2019 draft over excessive spending and requested the populist cabinet in Rome to submit a revised budget within three weeks.

    • EU breaks down barriers to e-commerce

      EU breaks down barriers to e-commerce

      Consumers and businesses show an increasing interest in shopping and selling across the EU, with online sales of products growing by 22% per year. Many traders however still make it difficult for customers from another EU Member State to buy online or to benefit from equally advantageous prices in comparison with local clients.

    • EC tables its 2019 Work Programme

      EC tables its 2019 Work Programme

      The European Commission tabled today its work plan for the upcoming year and debated it with the MEPs at their plenary in Strasbourg. The document, that is the last for the current EU executive’s term of office, sets out three main priorities, which are reaching swift agreement on the legislative proposals already presented to deliver on its ten political priorities, adopting a limited number of new initiatives to address outstanding challengesand presenting several initiatives with a future perspective for a Union at 27. All legislative proposals needed to deliver on the ten priorities of the Juncker Commission were already presented.

    •  Katainen will travel to Japan

      Katainen will travel to Japan

      Jyrki Katainen, EC Vice-President for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness will arrive tomorrow in the Japanese city of Yokohama, where he will deliver a keynote speech at the opening session of the World Circular Economy Forum. This forum is bringing together about 1,000 policymakers, business leaders, researchers and academics from around the world to discuss how to achieve the transition towards a circular economy.  On his agenda is also a meeting with Yoshiaki Harada, Japanese Minister of the Environment.

    • Commission approves Microsoft-GitHub deal

      Commission approves Microsoft-GitHub deal

      Under the EU Merger Regulation, the Commission approved on Friday the proposed acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft. The EU executive concluded that effective competition in the relevant markets would continue and Microsoft would have no incentive to undermine the open nature of GitHub's platform. Microsoft and GitHub both supply tools that organisations and individuals use when developing and releasing software, so called “DevOps tools”.

    • ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Portal launched

      ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Portal launched

      ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Portal, which is an online tool offering a wealth of data on the political, economic and social relationship between Europe and Asia,  was presented on Friday by the Commission as deliverable of the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Brussels. The summit took place on 18-19 October and brought together 51 countries, as well as EU and Asian institutions.

    • Brussels invests €9bn in AI and cyber security

      Brussels invests €9bn in AI and cyber security

      The European Union will propose a new "Digital Europe" programme with a budget of €9bn, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel announced in her opening speech at the InnoWave Summit, one of the largest digital conferences in Southeastern Europe, held in Varna this Friday and Saturday.