This past 1st October, the hearing on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) organized by the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament within the framework of “The review of the 2011-2014 EU strategy on CSR” was held at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Committee on Legal Affairs as well as the Committee on Employment and Social [...]Read more
The history of the European Union has been a success story. This success can be measured in terms of peace, solidarity, and economic growth. Today, however, battered by the financial crisis, the horizon has darkened as some citizens are expressing their disaffection for the European project, in spite of the such good news that it [...]Read more
As you all know, the review of the ITRs is a key issue in the ICT policy agenda for 2012 and highly debated in the international arena. Therefore, the association of the European Telecommunication Network Operators (ETNO), in co-operation with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), have announced a workshop entitled ‘Revising the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) – Preparations for WCIT 2012’ that will gather a range of high level speakers from across the globe, including speakers from the ITU, ISOC, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, USA and Telefónica, between others.Read more
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank, around one billion people – 15% of the world’s population – have some type of disability worldwide. According to the European Commission, “about 80 million people living in the EU have a mild to severe disability. The physical obstacles they face, such as gaining [...]Read more
On 11 January 2012, European Commission adopted the 2012 Communication on e-commerce and other online services that aim to double the retails online sales and the weight of Internet sector in European GDP. The Communication identifies 5 priorities and is accompanied by a 16 goals action plan. As I already wrote in my post on Cloud [...]Read more
The European Union has designated 2012 as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012). EY2012 will be officially launched at a high-level EU conference which will take place next week (18-19 January 2012) in Copenhagen (Denmark). At the event, the Stakeholders’ Coalition for the European Year 2012 will present its roadmap, [...]Read more
Last week, the Danish government presented the programme of the Danish EU Presidency ‘Europe at work’ for the next six months. The programme includes the four fundamental priorities for the Danish Presidency – a responsible Europe, a dynamic Europe, a green Europe and a safe Europe – and the Council configurations. The Transport, Telecommunications and [...]Read more
The use of ICT solutions applied to different essential areas in urban environments such as transport, energy, building constructions, etc…is key to assure a determined sustainability and an adequate quality of life when living in big cities.
This is the idea existing behind the term “smart cities” and many initiatives are currently ongoing worldwide to transform cities into intelligent and more efficient metropolitan areas for the benefit of their citizens.Read more
Thierry Dieu, acting Director of ETNO and media spokesperson of this association, has a broad experience as communication expert within the European Commission, both in Brussels and previosly in its delegation in Moscow, and as Communication Manager of the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU (CIAA). He has been succesfully leading all ETNO media campaigns during the last years, achieving two nominations for the European Public Affairs best campaign award in 2008 and 2010. We from Telefónica (TEF) recently met with him, to learn more about ETNO and his views on ICT and the hot issues which are handled at this key association representing “Europe’s leading e-communications services and networks providers”.Read more
Last week we attended the first Digital Agenda Assembly, where a whole range of topics were discussed, and as part of our contribution to the debate, I wanted to look at the issue of a Digital Single Market for Europe. There is clearly great potential in a Single Market for digital content for Europe – [...]Read more
Europe celebrates the “Green Week”: How does ICT technology contribute to making the world more sustainable?
This week the EC is organizing the 11th edition of the Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy. This year’s theme is “Resource Efficiency – Using less, living better”. But what does that mean? Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for Environment, explained in his opening speech that resource efficiency “is not just about [...]Read more
“Cloud computing, cloud computing, cloud computing …” the two magic words that have had Brussels buzzing over the past few months. We have witnessed policy makers’ madness on the issue as a new world was being discovered. Sorry, but cloud computing isn’t new… For many years we’ve been using many cloud-based services such as webmail, [...]Read more