Breakfast Event: Health promotion and disease prevention: finding the right ingredients

Prevention is a key element to ensure a high level of mental and physical well-being, and to reduce both communicable and non-communicable diseases. However, as highlighted by the Companion Report 2017 published by the European Commission in the State of Health in the EU initiative, only around 3% of health budgets are currently spent on…

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Breakfast Workshop: Navigating the Digital Health Course

Following the European Commission’s recent release of the Communication on Health in the Digital Single Market, the time is right to plot and negotiate the complex course of digital health implementation in Europe – it will require significant cooperation across the health and technology sectors to ensure that the many prizes of digital health can be won.…

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Italy: our thoughts on the new government

Last night, almost three months after the Italian general election, the President, Sergio Mattarella, appointed a new political government supported by the Five Star Movement and the League. The government’s mandate comes into effect later today and will be led by Giuseppe Conte as Prime Minister, while the leaders of the two abovementioned parties (Di…

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Hello GDPR, goodbye AI? Not quite. The implication of GDPR for Europe’s AI ambitions

AI is currently one of the most used acronyms in the EU tech bubble. Just last month the European Commission published its strategy on artificial intelligence, while several European countries are working on their own AI approaches: Finland revealed its plan on 18 December 2017, France published the Villani Report on 29 March 2018, and…

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Breakfast Workshop: Location, Location, Renovation – Building for a greener future

On 17 April, the European Parliament formally endorsed updated rules to increase the energy efficiency of the European Union’s buildings. With these new rules coming into play, what is expected from the real estate sector? How will the EU incentivise and drive the rate of renovation? How will occupiers be impacted? How should the real estate…

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Macron in the EU Parliament – Europe’s last hope

Europe is facing unprecedented challenges with divisions along multiple fault-lines; Brexit, increasing nationalism and a general fascination with anti-liberal ideas. Macron, whose Presidency is proof that the strongest populist threats can be overcome, is probably Europe’s last hope. Therefore, his speech in the European Parliament on the future of Europe was preceded by high expectations,…

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World Water Day – Counting down the drops

Today’s Water Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of water resources and how damaged ecosystems impact the availability of drinking water for human consumption. It’s a wake-up call to action! Water covers two-thirds of the earth’s surface, but drinking water is getting ever scarcer. Increasing pressures on global water resources due to population…

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