Category Archives: Policy

EUROPEAN COMMISSION POISED TO BECOME NEXT TECH INVESTOR

The European Commission is planning to make available a budget of €300 million for the European Innovation Council pilot to help it start investing in small businesses. Commission sources said they hope to have the investment vehicle up and running … Continue reading

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EU LOSES €60 BILLION ANNUALLY TO COUNTERFEITS

According to a joint report by Europe’s intellectual property office and the OECD released this month, 6.8% of EU imports are counterfeit and pirated goods. This represents an annual loss for the European economy of €60 billion. The European Union … Continue reading

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AGREEMENT STRUCK ON CONTROVERSIAL COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE

The future of online copyright is set to be transformed radically after representatives of the European Parliament and EU member states struck an agreement on the controversial Copyright Directive on 13 February, over two years after the measures were tabled … Continue reading

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InvestEU LOANS PROGRAMME RECEIVES BLESSING OF EU COUNCIL

EU member states have agreed on an amended version of InvestEU, the €38 billion loan fund originally proposed by the European Commission in June last year and endorsed by the European Parliament in January. InvestEU will bring the 14 different … Continue reading

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OSCAR AND CESAR AWARDS FOR EU-FUNDED FILMS

During the 91st Academy Awards, held on Sunday 24 February, EU funded films were nominated across various categories, with finally British actress Olivia Colman winning the Oscar for best actress in The Favourite. The Favourite, an Irish-UK-US coproduction by Yorgos … Continue reading

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION RECEIVES CIRCULAR ECONOMY PRIZE AT DAVOS

The European Commission was awarded the 2019 Circular Economy prize by the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders in Davos, as recognition of the work done to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy that protects … Continue reading

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ERASMUS+ BREAKS OWN RECORD

With a budget of almost EUR 2.6 billion, 2017 was yet another record year for the EU’s ERASMUS+ programme*, representing a 13% funding increase compared to 2016. This provided almost 800 000 people with an opportunity to benefit from learning, working … Continue reading

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