3rd Innovation For Crisis Management (I4CM) 3-4 September in Warsaw


The Innovation for Crisis Management (I4CM) events aim to contribute to building a shared understanding in Crisis Management through the organisation of an annual event, allowing to address issues of common interest, to develop synergies between initiatives and to discuss the research roadmap for Horizon 2020 and beyond.

The event allows local practitioners and solution providers to meet and exchange on best practices and lessons learnt, while providing projects and initiatives with an opportunity to increase their visibility and impact and to liaise with any interested stakeholders, including organisations developing similar projects in other regions of the world. It intends to make projects in the field of Crisis Management accessible to a wider range of external stakeholders in a specific region.

The next edition of the I4CM will take place in Poland, at the Copernicus Research Center on 3rd-4th September 2018. Focusing on standardisation, multi-agency cooperation, interoperability and regional-national pressing issues, this event will also be the occasion to present the results of the first Trial organised in the frame of the project and to pave the way for the second Trial to be organised in France in October 2018.

For more information and to register, please visit this page: http://www.driver-project.eu/events-2/3rd-i4cm/

EU budget for Research and Innovation programme


For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing €100 billion for research and innovation through Horizon Europe. An ambitious programme that will be based on the achievements of the previous research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020) and keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation.

An agreement on the next long-term budget in 2019 would provide for a seamless transition between the current long-term budget (2014-2020) and the new one in order to ensure the continuity of funding.



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Digital Single Market and Public Safety


The Commission's proposals on telecommunications markets presented in September 2016 strive to put the EU at the forefront of internet connectivity by 2025. Next generation data communication – 5G, the future wireless and mobile communications -, will require additional radio frequencies, a timely access to spectrum and targeted improvements in the spectrum management. This way, 5G will offer a multitude of new opportunities for citizens and businesses with services crossing national frontiers. That is why the Commission considers that 5G roll-out should be a European matter.

112 and warning systems are key to Public Safety, therefore some of the new rules at a EU level will also apply to emergency services and public warning systems.

  • The Code provides that caller location information can be retrieved from both the network and, where available, from the handset itself. In order to accommodate developments in use of new technologies the Code clarifies that the concept of emergency communications includes not only voice but also text, video and other types of communications. This also helps to improve the accessibility for end-users with disabilities to reach emergency services.
  • Recent terrorist attacks in Europe have highlighted the need for more efficient public warning systems in the Member States. In order to increase the protection of citizens in the Union, the Code therefore includes a provision to establish a system that transmits public warnings to citizens on their mobile phones.

Such a public warning system will enable citizens and travellers to be informed of imminent or developing threats in the area where they are located.


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