Weekly digest - EU news for businesses 24/07/2017
Events to look out for
Webinar on Internet of Things (IoT) and Energy – 26 July, 10:00 CET. The Watify initiative is hosting a webinar on how IoT is transforming the energy sector and the opportunities for small businesses in this field.
Patent Information Conference 2017 – 7-9 November, Sofia (BG). The European Patent Office is hosting its annual conference in November. Training sessions and workshops for both beginners and advanced users will be available from 6 November. Registration is open until 9 October 2017.
EU policies for better business
Agriculture: European Commission launches crops' market observatory. The European Commission launched last week a market observatory for crops. This observatory will ensure more transparency and increase availability of market data for European farmers and traders.
Trade negotiations: European Commission publishes reports following negotiating rounds with Mexico and Mercosur. The European Commission published reports summarising the progress made during the latest negotiating rounds for the EU-Mexico and EU-Mercosur trade agreements.
European Commission launched public consultation on Transformation of Health and Care in the Digital Single Market. The purpose of the consultation is to define the need and scope of policy measures that will promote digital innovation in improving people’s health, and address systemic challenges to healthcare systems. The consultation is open until 12 October 2017.
Call for proposals: Improving access by innovative SMEs to alternative forms of finance. This call for proposals aims to improve SMEs' access to alternative forms of finance such as peer-to-peer lending, venture debt and convertible loans, equity finance provided by crowdfunding or business angels, and factoring and trade finance. The call is open until 7 September 2017.