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European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities General Assembly 2016

The European Innovation Partnership is in full implementation mode, bringing together cities and companies framed by a set of core roll-out initiatives that will shape a European marketplace for smart cities. Over 400 participants are expected at this third General Assembly. It will offer a platform to learn about key policy and market trends and to create new contacts and networks.

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After the success of the Startup Europe Week, let’s get ready for the European Maker Week

The European Maker Week will take place from the 30 May to 5 June drawing in more people to the fascinating new Maker world. The success of the Startup Europe Week (SEW) has been the basis of this great idea.

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Protecting the digital consumers, 15th March 2016

As part of its Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission is launching the most important review of the EU regulatory framework for digital services of the last 20 years. Consumer protection will be at the core of the debate. The seminar will look at whether the current rules protecting digital consumers are suited to the evolution of the Internet eco-system and which additional reforms are needed.

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European research funding for ICT adds real scientific and technological value, studies find

EU funding of research projects in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) area over the period 2007-2013 (under the 7th EU Framework Programme, FP7) had a strong added value, according to two studies, which fed into the Commission's evaluation of the programme. More specifically, the studies found that EU-funded ICT projects produced output of a higher quality than the world average, and generated a world-leading level of scientific articles.

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Renewable energy export-import: a win-win for the EU and North Africa

Over the past several years much has been written about the significant potential for solar energy generation in the Middle East and North Africa, where there is no shortage of sunshine. The International Energy Agency estimated that the potential from concentrated solar power technology alone could amount to 100 times the electricity demand of North Africa, the Middle East and Europe combined.  

In the wake of commitments at the Paris climate conference (COP21), it is time to develop this rich source of low-carbon energy sitting close to Europe’s southern shores, and bolster efforts to agree on a framework to import clean, sustainable energy from North Africa. 

As recently as 2012 there have been efforts to adopt a framework that would allow importing renewable energy from Morocco to Germany—through France and Spain—but electricity trade between countries typically becomes reality when there are economic benefits for all sides. Electricity trade has the added benefit of fostering closer political ties.

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