EU Countries Sign Declaration on Blockhain Partnership — European Commission

Aquaculture and fish farms must adapt to the changing sea conditions of climate change. Image credit- Ferit Rad from Mersin University

Aquaculture and fish farms must adapt to the changing sea conditions of climate change. Image credit- Ferit Rad from Mersin University

"Digital Day 2018 will aim to reach joint commitments related to the digital future of Europe in order to encourage investment in European digital technologies and infrastructures. For that, we need your support: to fund Europe's digital future starting from 2021 in the next budget".

At the start of the session, Jeremy Millar, the coordinator of the European Blockchain Observatory & Forum, described the position of Europe in the global evolution of the technology, stressing that the continent has the great opportunity to take the lead in this space.

The website describes blockchain as a technology capable of promoting trust. Earlier and better diagnosis of diseases, safer roads - this is only a glimpse of what embracing digital change can look like.

He added, " People are starting to feel the benefits of tearing down digital borders: the end of roaming charges and unjustified geo-blocking, portability of online content. They are essential for the development of technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Ministers signed a declaration on AI, saying they will consider putting public research funding into the technology. All member states are invited to become part of the Blockchain Partnership. "This means more jobs and growth in Europe". Member states can also impose higher maximum fines. This is exactly the kind of cooperation that Europe needs for its digital success. "That is excellent news". "Member States will engage in a continuous dialogue with the Commission, which will act as a facilitator", Ansip said.

The Commission's release states that "the Partnership will contribute to the creation of an enabling environment, in full compliance with European Union laws and with clear governance models that will help services using blockchain flourish across Europe". One that might be used to share information and "record transactions in a verifiable, secure and permanent way." . "Whilst we have supported more than 500 funds to date, this is the first time that the European Union has created such a unique programme".

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So writes third-generation Israeli military paratrooper and army veteran turned professor of politics and government, Neve Gordon. It said the troops' behaviour does not reflect the army's values and they will be dealt with "accordingly", without elaborating.

The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have launched a venture capital programme aimed at resolving the size problem that has deterred many investors from allocating to the asset class.

"For the last eight years, Invest Europe has advocated using public money in new ways to bring in more private capital and facilitate the next stage of venture capital's evolution in Europe", said Michael Collins, CEO of the trade body.

A new eHealth initiative signed by 13 European countries that includes creating genomic databanks.

"Too often during my mandate, I have heard that EFSA is in the hands of industry, " said European Health Commission Vytenis Andriukaitis. "It adds to data capabilities of the European Reference Networks, who started clinical treatment and research of rare diseases towards the end of a year ago, and improves clinical trials". By making funds bigger, the EU hopes to increase the number of start-ups reaching the "unicorn" status of more than $1 billion market valuation, which at the end of 2017 were only 26 in the EU compared to 109 in the United States and 59 in China, EU figures show.

The Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) announced the participation of six private funds in a pan-European venture capital funds-of-funds programme called VentureEU.

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