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Autonomous Braking – vehicle safety technology that can save lives

Autonomous Braking – vehicle safety technology that can save lives

Autonomous braking or autonomous emergency braking – vehicle safety technology that underpins the future driverless car.

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01/07/2015 at 16:45Auto EU_Business

EU Digital Single Market strategy trying to do too much?

EU Digital Single Market strategy trying to do too much?

Brussels, 30/04/2015. The European Commission’s planned Digital Single Market strategy seems to be proving somewhat difficult to fine-tune. The strategy is set for release on 6th May 2015, however its content is so wide-ranging, from copyright piracy via VAT to UK-style default “porn filters”, that an implementation date seems somewhat […]

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01/05/2015 at 10:46EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

TTIP must comply with EU data-protection and human-rights laws, says EP

TTIP must comply with EU data-protection and human-rights laws, says EP

Brussels, 01/04/2015. Any future TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) agreement needs to be clear that it “fully exempts the existing and future EU legal framework on the protection of personal data from the agreement”, said the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee yesterday. The committee’s statement, which aimed to address […]

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02/04/2015 at 11:20EU EU_Business Life&Liberty nsa Snowden

In euro-land, God is on the side of the big battalions

In euro-land, God is on the side of the big battalions

Tales from a Brussels bar 04/12/2016 Update. EU’s new VAT rules likely to make ebooks cheaper. Glum faces lined the bar last night, though it was Friday. Even Costas was not his usual ebullient self. Apparently it had been snowing in Athens, so it wasn’t just the whole of the […]

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22/02/2015 at 15:48EU EU_Business Tales - Brussels bar

MotoRetroWieze – Belgian retro bike show draws wide audience

MotoRetroWieze – Belgian retro bike show draws wide audience

MotoRetroWieze, one of Belgium’s leading classic and custom bike shows, takes place over two days at the small town of Wieze, just north of Brussels. And if you live this side of the Channel and are trying to keep a vintage or veteran bike running, then attending this bi-annual event […]

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20/02/2015 at 00:25Auto EU_Business Share the vibe Travel

Big Data versus EU fundamental rights – two bruisers square up

Big Data versus EU fundamental rights – two bruisers square up

      09 December 2014. Brussels’ 5th Annual European Data Protection & Privacy Conference today was notable more for what was not said rather than its explicit content. I happened to say the name Edward Snowden a few times in conversation, and each mention was met with a short […]

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MEPs refer EU/Canada air passenger data (PNR) to EU Court of Justice

MEPs refer EU/Canada air passenger data (PNR) to EU Court of Justice

MEPs in the European Parliament on 25/11/2014 referred the EU/Canada agreement on the exchange of Passenger Name Records (PNR) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). MEPs have asked that the PNR agreement be given a preliminary check by the Court before the Parliament’s final vote, given the questions over […]

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European Business Summit May 2014 – photos

European Business Summit May 2014 – photos

European Business Summit May 2014 – photos

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27/06/2014 at 12:16EU EU_Business EU_Energy

Hydrogen cars delayed only by cost and fuelling infrastructure

Hydrogen cars delayed only by cost and fuelling infrastructure

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are available and suitable for everyday use right now – this was the key message I took away from the hydrogen fuel-cell stand at the European Innovation Convention in Brussels 10-11 March 2014. The stand – presented by the European (and rather awkwardly named) Fuel Cells and Hydrogen […]

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12/03/2014 at 18:53Auto EU EU_Business EU_Energy

All stick for Europe’s citizens – where are the carrots?

All stick for Europe’s citizens – where are the carrots?

Update 13/05/2014. Belgium has just reduced the VAT on domestic electricity from 21% to 6%! (must be an election approaching ..). It is interesting listening to the UK’s Conservative backbenchers tub-thumping about the need for the Prime Minister not to give away powers to Europe (meaning the EU institutions). Frankly […]

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