Europeans can safely enjoy a swim this summer as 96% of bathing sites meet minimum quality requirements set out under EU rules.
On 14 September 2016, the Commission proposed a new European electronic communications code which would overhaul the existing legislative framework for telecommunications dating from 2009. It includes measures to stimulate investment in and take-up of very high capacity networks, new spectrum rules for mobile connectivity and 5G, as well as changes to governance, the universal service regime, end-user protection rules, and numbering and emergency communication rules. Parliament and Council provisionally agreed on the Code on 6 June 2018. Important provisions include capping the fees for intra-EU calls and new rules to stimulate investment in infrastructure and 5G networks. Furthermore the agreement offers better protection of users against security incidents, more transparency and easier switching of operators for consumers, widening of universal access, and a new SMS alert system for citizens. The ITRE committee plans to vote on the Code on 10 July 2018, and the plenary vote is expected to take place in autumn 2018
The European Union is the third biggest greenhouse gases emitter in the world after China and the US. The energy sector was responsible for 78% of EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2015. In 2008, the EU set the target to cut these emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels. It is well on track to reach this goal: in 2015 the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU represented a decrease of 22% compared with 1990 levels.
The CJEU’s Schrems judgment of October 2015, besides declaring the European Commission’s Decision on the EU-US ‘Safe Harbour’ data transfer regime invalid, has also settled a number of crucial requirements corresponding to the foundations of EU data protection. In less than one year from the CJEU ruling, the Commission had adopted a new adequacy decision in which the new framework for EU-US data transfer, the Privacy Shield (2016), is deemed to adequately protect EU citizens. The main improvements of the Privacy Shield (over its predecessor), as well as the critical reactions to the new arrangements, are discussed in this paper. The first joint annual review took place in September 2017 on which both the Commission and Article 29 Working Party issued their own reports. Although progress is recognised, a number of concerns remain and new challenges to the Privacy Shield have arisen, among others, from the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, as pointed out by the European Parliament in its recent resolution.
Thanks to EU rules on travelling with pets, people are free to move with their furry friend within the EU.