A year ago, 32 European countries formally signed the Tallinn eGovernment Declaration – agreeing to accelerate public sector digital transformation to build a more direct and responsive public administration founded on open standards and Open Source.
OpenForum Europe (OFE) welcomed the declaration with a well attended and successful event examining what the Declaration means in practice. A year on, OFE will take the opportunity of the first anniversary to discuss and assess the implementation of the Declaration and ways in which we can work together to accelerate roll-out over the coming year.
How to promote fairness and transparency in the online platform environment? The Commission’s answer to this question can be found in its recent legislative proposal. It stipulates that providers of online intermediation services (e.g. Amazon) and online search engines (e.g. Google search) have to implement certain measures to ensure transparency and fairness in the contractual relations they have with online businesses which use such platforms to provide their services to customers in the EU. This briefing provides you with an appraisal of the quality of the impact assessment, which accompanies the Commission’s proposal.
The citizens of the European Union communicate in its 24 official languages, approximately 60 regional and minority languages, and 31 national and regional sign languages. Some of these have many millions of native and foreign speakers, whereas others are spoken by just a few thousand people each. Dominant languages can threaten the survival of ‘smaller’ ones with many fewer native speakers and which thus need protection. Multilingualism policy in areas such as language teaching and learning, and translation and interpretation, is necessary to facilitate communication among various language communities and for supporting languages with fewer speakers. Moreover, unaddressed language barriers hinder the economy of individual Member States and the EU in general.
On 13 September 2018, Dirk Paelinck, CEO of Workero, officially launched the brand new PropTech StartUp Europe Awards 2018 for the European Commission at Future: PropTech Berlin.
The 66th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival will take place from 21 to 29 September 2018 in San Sebastian (Spain). The festival will feature some of the current best European and international films, including 16 films supported by the EU via the Creative Europe MEDIA programme.
Social media platforms should become more responsible and stick to strict rules. The Committee agrees with the European Commission that this would represent a great leap forward in tackling disinformation. However, the Commission proposal lacks practical steps to achieve these objectives. In the opinion put together by Martin Siecker and adopted at the EESC plenary session on 19 September 2018, the EESC urges the Commission to approve compulsory measures and stresses that many issues remain pending.
Following the call from the European Commission and EU consumer authorities in July, Airbnb has now committed to making the necessary changes to their terms and conditions and improving the presentation of their prices.