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HofladenBOX: Bavaria’s award-winning digital platform boosts rural business with EU funds

2021 Rural Inspiration Awards Winner, HofladenBOX digital platform’s online marketplace connects small local producers with customers to boost rural business in Fürth district, Bavaria. “We wanted to change the way we purchase our food” explains Mareike Schalk, who founded HofladenBOX with Birgit Wegner using EU LEADER funds. Creating a local market reduces costs and emissions, and supports the development of this rural area with jobs and improved services. Connectivity is essential for HofladenBOX: “To keep rural areas attractive, it is important to have the same connectivity as in cities.”

Innovation Day 2021 - European Electronic Health Record Exchange Format community event

The Innovation Day 2021 marked the end of the first year of the X-eHealth project. The project's objective is to develop the European Electronic Health Record Exchange Format (EEHRxF) specifications for the exchange of medical image, laboratory results, discharge letters and rare diseases, whilst promoting sustainable practices for the sustainable uptake of cross-border digital health services.

EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum publishes report on Energy Efficiency of Blockchain Technologies

The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum has just published a new thematic report. The purpose of this report is to present an updated view of the aspects related to the energy efficiency of blockchain technologies. The topic of energy consumption of blockchains, and especially of the Bitcoin blockchain, has recently triggered a lot of discussion and a debate has started on the topic of making Bitcoin a sustainable ecosystem.

Creative Europe presents its Monitoring Report 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic had an unprecedented impact on the European Union’s cultural, social and economic life in 2020. This Report looks at how, in this extraordinary context, Creative Europe in 2020 played its part in helping Europe’s cultural and creative ecosystem to resist, recover and look forward.