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Dienstag, 14.07.2020
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Estonia's program of 'e-residency' allows you to be a citizen of the country no matter where you live - an especially lucrative proposal for Remain supporters in a post-Brexit Britain.

Estonia has developed an international reputation as a digital solutions’ powerhouse. This reputation has given Estonia a mandate to pursue an ambitious agenda during its recently begun Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Weiterlesen: EU: E-residency: the citizenship of the future?

Ms. Gertrud Ingestad, Director-General of DIGIT talks about the progress of modernising the EU public administration, working with different member states and more.

The Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT) is the European Commission (EU or the Commission) department or Directorate-General (DG), which is responsible for providing digital services that support other Commission departments and EU institutions in their daily work.  It provides IT and telecommunication equipment and solutions, information systems and infrastructure services for over 33,000 staff in the Commission. Furthermore, DIGIT runs a major IT procurement operation and all the EU Institutions and Agencies have increasingly come to rely on the Commission for their procurement needs in the area of IT. Based in Luxembourg and Brussels, DIGIT employs around 480 full time staff and about 1100 external contractors and it managed a budget of 129M€ in 2016.

Weiterlesen: EU’s journey of modernising public administration and tackling the challenges of interoperability...

A recent report released by the European parliament entitled “How blockchain technology could change our lives” outlines the capabilities of blockchain technology. The report was presented by European Parliamentary Research Service and notes the following as being of considerable significance:

Digital Property Rights

Blockchain technology has great potential for application in intellectual property rights in digital materials. It could be applied in multi-territorial licensing policies with the effect of improving legal certainty for creators and purchasers of digital content. Moreover, it has the potential to provide a sure way of protecting the patent rights of innovators from infringement by competitors. “Hashing” and “proof of existence” could help improve the patent system and deal with the current state of affairs where there is no unified patent system in EU.

Weiterlesen: Why Blockchain has Caught the Attention of the European Parliament

Negotiators from the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council reached an agreement to launch the WiFi4EU initiative aimed at bringing high-quality wireless internet access to at least 6,000-8,000 local communities. It has a total provisional budget of upto €120m until 2020 and will provide internet access for locals, visitors and tourists in parks, squares, libraries or public buildings.

“This agreement shows that Europe can be practical and useful in citizens’ everyday life”, declared MEP Anne Sander, the EPP Group’s spokeswoman in the report ‘Promotion of Internet connectivity in local communities’.

Weiterlesen: EU to provide Wi-Fi to everyone everywhere in Europe

Today's package of measures will make it easier for people and companies to manage their paperwork online in their home country or when working, living or doing business in another EU country and it will help ensure that commonly agreed EU rules are respected.

Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: "EU rules protect and empower 500 million people in the Single Market. They can live, work and do business in any EU country. All of this is only possible when the rules are respected. Today's proposals will help develop a culture of compliance. They will also help people and companies to have full access to online information and procedures both in their home country and abroad."

Weiterlesen: Commission takes new steps to enhance compliance and practical functioning of the EU Single Market

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