The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of NXP, based in the Netherlands, by Qualcomm of the US. The approval is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Qualcomm. Both firms are important players in the semiconductor industry.
The European Commission has issued new requirements that ensure independence of payment card schemes and processing entities, to enhance competition in the card payment market. Retailers will be able to choose the most suitable processor for their card transactions, to the benefit of consumers.
On 13 September 2017 the Commission adopted a cybersecurity package with new initiatives to further improve EU cyber resilience, deterrence and defence. As part of the resilience measures the Commission has tabled a legislative proposal to strengthen the European Union Agency for Network Information Security (ENISA). Following the adoption of the Network Information Security Directive in 2016, ENISA is expected to play a broader role in the EU’s cybersecurity landscape but is constrained by its current mandate and resources. The Commission has presented an ambitious reform proposal, including a permanent mandate for the agency to ensure that ENISA can not only provide expert advice, as has been the case until now, but can also perform operational tasks. The proposal also envisages the creation of the first voluntary EU cybersecurity certification framework for ICT products, where ENISA will also play an important role. Within the European Parliament the file has been assigned to the Industry, Research and Energy Committee.
Earlier today, ENISA published the study ‘Overview of the ICT Certification Laboratories practices in Europe’ which seeks to identify and analyse the current landscape of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) security certification laboratories within the EU Member States. In addition, the study provides a comparison to the practices used in non-EU countries.
To follow up on the Gothenburg Summit, the European Commission has today adopted new initiatives to improve key competences and digital skills of European citizens, to promote common values and pupils’ awareness of the functioning of the European Union.
Almost 7 out of 10 internet users in the EU shopped online in the 12 months prior to the 2017 survey. The proportion of e-shoppers varied considerably across the EU Member States, ranging from 23 % of internet users in Romania, 27 % in Bulgaria and 39 % in Cyprus, to 86 % in the United Kingdom, 84 % in Sweden and 82 % each in Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
The first cities to take part in this new initiative to stimulate economic growth and social welfare through digital transformation have been selected.