Member States, with the support of the Commission, have agreed on a set of technical specifications to ensure a safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture. This concerns the vast majority of tracing apps that were already – or are about to be – launched in the EU. …

by Heather Smith

The EU-funded consortium Exscalate4CoV just announced that an already registered generic drug used to treat osteoporosis, Raloxifene, could be an effective treatment for COVID-19 positive patients with mild or asymptomatic infection. The consortium is using an EU-backed supercomputing platform, one of the world’s most powerful, to check the potential impact of known molecules against the …

by Heather Smith

The Commission has released the results of the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness. This year’s DESI shows that there is progress in all Member States and all key areas measured in the index. This …

by Heather Smith

Today, the Commission and the High Representative are assessing their steps to fight disinformation around the coronavirus pandemic and are proposing a way forward. This follows the tasking by European leaders in March 2020 to resolutely counter disinformation and reinforce resilience of European societies. The coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by a massive wave of …

by Heather Smith

How and to what extent can Artificial Intelligence and High Performance Computing help in the fight against Covid-19? In the hunt for answers, European scientists are combining algorithms, biochemistry and molecular screenings as part of a research project that’s seeking to identify potentially new molecules that could be used for drugs against the coronavirus. Article …

by Heather Smith

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to apply for grant funding from the 2020-1 CEF Telecom call for eDelivery (€0.9 million), eID & eSignature (€3 million), eTranslation (€4 million) and the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (€3 million) has been extended to 25 June 2020 to give more time for applicants to prepare their proposals. The original deadline was …

by Heather Smith

Member States, with the support of the Commission, have published guidelines to ensure interoperability between mobile tracing and warning apps across EU. These are common principles to ensure tracing apps can communicate with each other when required, so citizens only have to use one app to report a positive test or to receive an alert, …

by Heather Smith

On 20 May 2020 the European Commission organised a webinar focusing on the role of Digital Innovation Hubs and Reference Sites (EIP on AHA) in the Digital transformation of Health and Care in the EU. This webinar was organised with a triple aim: it was an opportunity for the European Commission to present its plans …

by Heather Smith

Today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published guidance to Member States for the development of COVID-19 surveillance in long-term care facilities. This follows high-level exchanges between Vice-President Dubravka Šuica, Commissioners Stella Kyriakides, Nicolas Schmit and Helena Dalli and representatives of social service providers and users on their particularly challenging situation. Persons aged 65 years and above, especially …

by Heather Smith

The Commission will commit nearly €49 million to boost innovation in cybersecurity and privacy systems. The Commission announced today that it will commit nearly €41 million, through Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme, to support 9 projects aimed at working on innovative cybersecurity and privacy solutions. Five of these new projects will concentrate …

by Heather Smith
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