Published on: Thursday, November 21, 2013
The European Commission today welcomed the European Parliament's adoption of Horizon 2020, the next EU research and innovation programme. With a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion1 euro over seven years, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research programme yet, and one of the biggest publicly funded worldwide. It is also one of only very few programmes in the next EU budget to see a strong increase in funding – a nearly 30 per cent jump in real terms over the current Seventh Framework Programme.
EU Member States must now give their final seal of approval ahead of the first calls for proposals under Horizon 2020, currently set for 11th December.
Published on: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
On 15 - 16 January 2014 the European Commission is organising two information and networking days to test ideas, network with others, share ideas and experiences and possibly find partners for future joint proposals.
The event will focus on the following objectives included in the Horizon 2020 work programme 2014-2015 :
ICT 15 – 2014 Big data Innovation and take-up
ICT 16 – 2015 Big data-research
ICT 17 – 2014 Cracking the language barrier
ICT 22.a – 2014 Multimodal and Natural computer interaction
More information on the agenda and the registration possibilities will be made available on this page shortly.
Published on: Monday, October 28, 2013
The European Commission has today set up an expert group to work on safe and fair terms for cloud computing contracts, on the basis of an optional instrument. The objective is to identify best practices for addressing the concerns of consumers and small companies, who often seem reluctant to purchase cloud computing services because contracts are unclear. The Expert Group is part of the Commission’s push to enhance trust in cloud computing services and unlock their potential for boosting economic productivity in Europe
Published on: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
NESSI attended a workshop on Technology Platforms set up in Leiria (Portugal) on 16th October. The workshop was organized by TICE - the Portuguese pole of competetiveness for ICT and Electronics - and the focus was to present European Technology Platforms (ETPs) and their role in the support of R&D in Europe and the benefits for SMEs to join.
Published on: Thursday, September 05, 2013
The Future Internet Public-Private-Partnership (FI PPP) was born as a very ambitious initiative co-funded by the European Commission and relevant organizations in Europe in the domains of Telecom, IT and Media. Its major goal was using Future Internet technologies to create a revolutionary increase of competitiveness in major industrial sectors. An advanced Technology Foundation, represented by the FI-WARE project, would be the main technology engine to generate an unprecedented innovation wave in sectors like Energy, Transport, supply-chain, logistics, smart cities, health or manufacturing, among others.
Published on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
NESSI is organising two networking sessions and will have an information booth at ICT2013 in Vilnius in November!
Published on: Monday, July 15, 2013
The European Commission has formally recognised NESSI as an European Technology Platform as part of the Commission's "Strategy for European Technology Platforms: ETP 2020".
Published on: Friday, July 05, 2013
On 4 July, the European Cloud Partnership (ECP) Board convened in Tallinn, Estonia, to discuss key actions for public sector Cloud adoption. The objective of the European Cloud Partnership is to overcome the fragmented public sector demand for cloud services in the EU.
At the meeting two initiatives were launched - the Cloud for Europe Initiative and the ENISA Cloud Security Guide for SMEs.
Published on: Monday, June 17, 2013
The EU research project OPTIMIS is about to come to an end. To share the final results of the project, the OPTIMIS project team has produced a video describing the OPTIMIS Toolkit. OPTIMIS Toolkit allows organizations to easily provision on multi-cloud and federated cloud infrastructures and allows optimization of resources used from multiple providers in a transparent, interoperable, and architecture-independent fashion.
Published on: Thursday, May 23, 2013
On 23 May, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda gave a speech named "The Economic and social benefits of big data" at a webcasted Conference on Big Data in Brussels.
Published on: Friday, May 17, 2013
The ARTIST project is a research project co-funded by the European Commission, under the FP7 Programme Objective “Cloud Computing, Internet of Services and advanced software engineering”. It proposes a software modernization approach using Model Driven Engineering techniques to automate the evolution and migration of legacy applications to and from platform-dependent models, allowing a cheap and rapid alternative to redeveloping applications by hand. It reduces the risk, time and cost of migrating legacy software and lowers the barriers for service companies wanting to take advantage of the latest Cloud Computing and SaaS-based technologies and business models.
Published on: Wednesday, April 03, 2013
NESSI is very pleased to announce the NESSI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, in which NESSI presents reommendations as key for achieving the ambitious goals set out in Horizon 2020.
Published on: Thursday, February 07, 2013
On 7 February, the European Commission adopted its strategy for a cybersecurity alongside a Commission proposed directive on network and information security (NIS).
The proposals have been jointly prepared by the Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, the Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström and Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy with the aim to prevent and respond to cyber disruptions and attacks
Published on: Thursday, February 07, 2013
NESSI is very please to share with you the NESSI white paper on Big Data. The paper addresses the challenges rising from the use of Big Data and how to overcome those in order to enable new technical and business opportunities for Europe’s software industry and economic sectors.
Published on: Monday, November 19, 2012
On Monday 19 November, the Steering Board of the European Cloud Partnerhsip (ECP) met for the first time in Brussels to kick-off the the project which aims at helping public authorities and administrations adopt cloud services.
Published on: Saturday, October 20, 2012
The European Commission organised a workshop named "Towards a Breakthrough in Software for Advanced Computing Systems" as preparations for Horizon 2020 in July 2012 which resulted in a report entailing three recommendations.
Published on: Friday, October 12, 2012
On 12 October, the Future Internet Enterprise Systems (FinES) Cluster together with the European Commission organised a meeting in Brussels to discuss the topics of “Digital Enterprise and Business Innovation” and “Sensing Enterprise”.
Published on: Monday, October 08, 2012
The FP7 Security project INSEC (www.insec-project.eu) aims to improve the Innovation and Research processes within security organisations, enabling them to evaluate novel approaches and services dedicated to the safety of citizens.
As part of the project an online questionnaire has been produced for Security Technology Providers in order to better understand how they collaborate with security organisations and create new business opportunities. To read more about INSEC and to fill in the online questionnaire, please click here.
Published on: Tuesday, August 28, 2012
On 17-20 September, the European Commission is organising an 'ICT Competitiveness Week' in Brussels as part of preparing for the final adoption of Horizon 2020.
The 'ICT Competitiveness Week' aims to enrich the policy tools and priorities available to the Commission in order to help the ICT sector create more jobs and to deliver European growth. In particular, DG CONNECT is looking for new ideas on how research priorities are set and how they can combine them with the use of the wider range of policy tools beyond those covered in H2020.
Published on: Monday, August 20, 2012
On 21 September, the European Commission invites stakeholders to participate in a workshop on the topic of “FIRE in Horizon 2020”. The aim is to endorse a common position and to identify concrete objectives, mechanisms and expected impact of Research and Experimentation in connection with the Future Internet.
Published on: Thursday, July 19, 2012
The European Cloud Partnership was set up in order to overcome the fragmented public sector demand for cloud services in the EU and the European Cloud strategy will be launched soon.
In that context, NESSI is happy to announce the publishing of its position on Cloud Computing. To read the full paper, please click here.
Published on: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
We are very pleased to invite you to the NESSI Members Day 2012 on 28 September in Warsaw, to provide you with a unique opportunity to meet key actors in the Software and Services research sector and to support the creation of project consortia in response to the calls of the FP7 ICT Work Programme 2013.
Published on: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Today on 11. July 2012, the European Co-funded Roadmap Project "ActionPlanT" coordinated by the NESSI member SAP successfully concluded its final review and published the last version of its ActionPlant Roadmap for "ICT for Manufacturing". The ActioPlanT roadmap was presented and discussed on the occasion of the two information days for the FOF PPP coming work programme 2013 and the coming Horizon 2020 research Framework Programme .
Published on: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
ICT Work Programme 2013 has been published today by the European Commission. It shall ensure a certain degree of continuity in present priorities and complete activities launched since the start of FP7 (e.g. networks and service infrastructures as well as the PPPs) while at the same time serve as a bridge to activities in the EU’s next framework programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020, which shall start in 2014 (e.g. “next generation computing”, robotics, photonics).
With a view on NESSI’s core technology areas, the following ICT WP challenges are of major interest:
• Challenge 1: Pervasive and trusted network and service infrastructures
• Challenge 4: Technologies for digital content and languages
• Challenge 5: ICT for health, ageing well, inclusion and governance
• Challenge 6: ICT for a lower carbon economy
• Challenge 7: ICT for the Enterprise and Manufacturing
• Pre-Commercial procurement (PCP)
Published on: Saturday, June 30, 2012
On 21 and 22 June, the 2012 Digital Agenda Assembly (DAA), the European Commission’s annual event for assessing progress and identifying new challenges for the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) took place. The DAE is the EU’s prime flagship for developing a digital society in Europe and creating smart growth. It proposes key actions in areas like: digital single market, trust and security, interoperability and standards, very fast internet, research and innovation, and e-skills. This year’s Digital Agenda Assembly focused on the topic of “Digital Growth”, including workshops on Cloud Computing, Security and Big Data. The results of the various discussions shall feed into the European Commission’s review on the Digital Agenda, scheduled for the end of this year.
Published on: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
On 25 June, the interest group of entrepreneurs within the German Christian Democratic Party (CDU) organised a European Symposium of the Economic Council in Brussels with the title “Cloud Computing – Between Growth Opportunities and Privacy”. The symposium gathered both political and economic representatives to discuss European strategies for Cloud Computing, especially focusing on how to create a constructive dialogue between the private and public sectors, since they both play key roles in making Europe Cloud active.
Published on: Monday, June 25, 2012
The three Members of the European Parliament appointed by the ITRE committee to lead the discussions on the Horizon 2020 regulations, Teresa Riera Madurell, Christian Ehler and Maria Da Graça Carvalho published draft reports respectively on the Regulation establishing Horizon 2020, the Regulation laying down the Rules for Participation and Dissemination in Horizon 2020 and the Specific Programme implementing Horizon 2020. These reports were presented to the Committee on 18 June 2012.
Published on: Thursday, June 21, 2012
On 20 June, the event “Security and Privacy in the Digital World” was organized in Brussels by Eurosmart – an organisation representing the Smart Security Industry for multi-sector applications. The event focused on topics related to smart embedded security for the Internet of Things, security of mobile applications and digital identity and access management in cloud based services.
Published on: Friday, June 15, 2012
On 13 June, at the fourth Cloud Computing World Forum in London, the European Commission gave an update on its work with the European Cloud Strategy. At the conference, Megan Richards, Acting Deputy Director-General for DG INFSO, presented the key parts of the strategy and stressed that there has been extensive preparations and discussions on EU-level on the matter. The strategy will consist of three parts; a legal framework, research support actions – especially focusing on security and privacy issues – and market stimulating measures helping for example the public sector align their demands for cloud computing.
Published on: Sunday, June 10, 2012
The European People’s Party (Christian-Democrats) organized a public hearing on Horizon 2020 in the European Parliament on 6 June 2012. NESSI participated in the hearing, which was divided into three panels allowing relevant discussions for selected industrial and academic stakeholders.
Published on: Tuesday, June 05, 2012
EU cloud computing will lag two years behind the US due to European privacy rules and the eurozone crisis, said a report on the future of cloud computing released on Friday (1 June) by US technology research company Gartner.
Published on: Saturday, June 02, 2012
The SEMIRAMIS project is organizing a workshop with demonstrations on identity management for mobile citizens across Europe on the 12 and 13th June 2012 in Paris. This event is collocated with the EEMA conference.
Published on: Saturday, June 02, 2012
On 31 May, the Competitiveness Council of the European Union held a public deliberation on Horizon 2020 and agreed on the main elements of the Competitiveness and SME programme for 2014 to 2020 . Please find out in details, which aggreements could be accomplished regarding Horizon 2020:
Published on: Friday, June 01, 2012
A recent workshop organised by the ITRE Committee investigated the planned 'financial instruments' for the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME) and Horizon 2020. It was said that the two new programmes are mainly designed to support industry and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU in research and innovation activities.
Published on: Friday, June 01, 2012
Several EU member states and organisations representing European universities have recently published position papers regarding Horizon 2020. Switzerland and Norway, together with EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organisations) and EUA (European University Association) cover a range of issues in their position papers, especially focusing on the Horizon 2020 rules for participation. All papers expressed concern about the single reimbursement rate for all types of partners in Horizon 2020 projects and call specifically for the option to use real indirect costs to be reinstated, alongside the proposed 20 per cent flat rate. In addition, the EARTO paper includes an analysis on how research organisations will be affected by the proposed new reimbursement rate, based on a survey of the 20 research organisations most active in FP7 Cooperation.
Published on: Friday, June 01, 2012
The working document ‘Specific Programme Implementing Horizon 2020’ by the Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the EP is now available. This document by MEP Maria Da Graça Carvalho will form the basis of the EP report on the EC proposal for Horizon 2020 from November 2011.
Within the document, the EC proposal is regarded as a real step forward and it strikes the correct balance between the three pillars (Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges). Maria Da Graça Carvalho welcomes the emphasis placed on the ERC but would like to see more prominence given to the Marie Curie Actions. The document devotes a chapter to the synergies between Horizon 2020 and the Structural Funds. It gives some concrete suggestions for how the two instruments could be made more complementary and linked. Regarding industry participation, Carvalho emphasises the importance of strengthing the industrial base in Europe and ensuring that research results are effectively converted into innovative products which then make it to the market. In, the document looks at the proposed structure for Horizon 2020 and suggests a slightly modified model, which would see a number of horizontal instruments across the three pillars.
Published on: Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe organized a public hearing on Horizon 2020 in the European Parliament on 15 May 2012.
Published on: Thursday, May 10, 2012
On 10 may, the International Data Corporation organised the workshop “Removing Barriers to Cloud Computing in Europe” on behalf of DG Information Society. The main goal was to discuss preliminary conclusions and recommendations of a study conducted by IDC on the demand and barriers to take up of Cloud Computing.
The main outcomes of the workshop will be included in the final IDC report, which will be available in June 2012 and aims to provide input for the EC Cloud Computing Strategy.
Published on: Thursday, May 03, 2012
On 2 May, the Commission organised an all-day event on the topic of Research in future Cloud Computing. At the event, the Commission’s Cloud Expert Group presented the outcomes of its report “Advances in the Cloud”, stressing in particular the importance for Europe to focus on long-term research efforts.
The report also discussed cloud from a business perspective and provided suggestions for specific research areas. The report published on 2 may, was a follow-up on the Expert Group’s report “The future of Cloud Computing” from 2010.
Please find links to the agenda and the presentations here: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/ssai/events_en.html
Published on: Thursday, April 26, 2012
We would like to inform you that the European Commission's Directorate General 'Information Society and Media' (INFSO) will be renamed into 'Communication Networks, Content and Technology' (DG Connect) by the 1st of July. The name stands for the key areas Communication Networks, Content and Technology.
More information can be found under following links:
• The Commission changes to face the future: We launch DG Connect
• Website of the DG
The name change reflects a change within the organization of the Directorate General. For further details upon the organization chart, please click here.
Published on: Monday, April 23, 2012
On 12 April, the Commission organised an information day about the European Cloud Partnership (ECP) which Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced in Davos on 26 January. The purpose of the event was to explain the future plans for the European Cloud Partnership and to answer the large amount of questions that the Commission received about the partnership after the announcement.
Rainer Zimmermann, head of the Commission’s unit for Software and Services at DG INFSO, explained the objectives with the ECP saying it aims to overcome the fragmented public sector demand for Cloud services in the EU. The ECP is intended to provide public sector requirements for Cloud across Member States, regions and application areas. The Partnership will be organized around a governance level and an implementation level, inviting around 10 Member States and a number of different Industry Players to participate and the work will be organized around 3 phases. EU funding will initially be available in the form of a pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) action by approximately 10 million euro. The first call is expected for July with a deadline in January.
More information about the European Cloud Partnership will be announced in connection to the European Cloud Strategy that the Commission will present later this year.
Please find more information about the European Cloud Partnership Info Day on 12 April 2012 here.
Published on: Friday, April 20, 2012
NESSI Strategic Project SERENOA presents its latest Newsletter. Please use following link to find out more about about multidimensional context-aware adaptation of service front-ends, the latest news and upcoming workshops!
Published on: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
On 2nd May, the Commission is organising an event for Research in Future Cloud Computing. The purpose of the event is to present a report by the Cloud Expert Group established by the Commission to develop a Cloud Computing vision for Europe.
In 2010, the Expert Group published the report “The Future of Cloud computing”. Since then, technology for supporting cloud computing has made considerable advances. In order to reflect on the future changes and challenges of Cloud Computing, the expert group re-convened in 2011 to identify the major gaps and necessities for future research and development in cloud technologies. Their results will be presented in the form of a follow-up report, on the event on 2 May.
The event is organized by the Commission unit for Software and Services (DG INFSO) and is now open for registration. This is the draft agenda and to register, please visit this link.
Published on: Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Vice-President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, announced the European Cloud Partnership on the World Economic Forum Davos (Switzerland) on the 26th January 2012.The Commission launched the Partnership with an initial investment of 10 million Euros to ensure that Europe will maximise the benefits from clouds, while allowing organisations to respect their obligations under EU law. It shall bring together public authorities, the industry as well Cloud buyers or suppliers in order to create a strong common basis for Cloud procurement by public authorities.
For more information on the European Cloud Partnership, please visit following link:
Speech of Neelie Kroes