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Press Release: We need improvement in labour rights, says Lange after Colombia, Peru visit

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Briefing: Contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services

On 21 November 2017, the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Committee (IMCO) and Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) adopted their joint report on the European Commission’s proposal for a directive regulating the private-law aspects of contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services in the internal market. The Council of the EU agreed on a general approach in June 2017. Trilogue meetings began on 5 December 2017 and are still on-going. The main changes proposed by the joint report of the two Parliament committees are concerned with the duration of legal guarantees for digital content and services, liability for hidden defects and the short-term right to reject defective digital content. An issue which is still being discussed is the relationship between the directive and EU public law rules on the protection of personal data.

Written Answer to a Question: Discrimination against traders on Amazon Marketplace

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UPDATED – Question for Oral Answer: Implementation of the conflict minerals regulation

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Written Answer to a Question: Implementation of Directive 2015/720/EU as regards reducing the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags

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Written Answer to a Question: Protection of the ‘Queso Manchego’ designation of origin in the EU-Mexico agreement

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Written Answer to a Question: Protection of the ‘Queso Manchego’ designation of origin in the EU-Mexico free trade agreement

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Written Answer to a Question: On Pakistan’s participation in GSP+

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Written answer to a question: Pirin National Park

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At a Glance: Palm oil – economic and environmental impacts

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In-Depth Analysis: Digital Services in the Area of Accommodation and Transportation: Economic and Legal Aspects

This paper examines the development of digital business models in the provision of flights and short-term accommodation services. It discusses the growing importance of digital intermediaries and their associated business model features, some of which provide significant value, and others which could be considered deleterious and in need of regulatory scrutiny. The paper concludes with some suggestions for regulation based on technology, algorithms and big data analytics. This could enable a more soft-touch, automatic, dynamic and individualised approach to regulation. This research paper has been commissioned by Policy Department at the request of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee.

At a glance: New rules on bisphenol A in food contact materials

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Briefing: Cities – Front line of climate action

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Briefing: The Platform Economy – What Think Tanks are thinking

The digital revolution is reshaping the world, changing people’s habits in communication, work, leisure and politics. A major part of this revolution is the expansion of the economy based on digital platforms that match demand and supply for labour without an intermediation of traditional corporations. Platforms also allow people to socialise regardless of geographic distance, find entertainment and travel opportunities easily, and do many other things. Some well-known platforms are Google, Twitter, Linkedin, Apple, Amazon, Uber and AirBnB. While offering vast opportunities to the economy, platforms are also posing tough challenges, for example, in fostering often-precarious, project-based forms of employment at the expense of stable contracts with social security protection, or putting pressure on traditional news media. This note brings together commentaries and studies by international think tanks and research institutes on the role of digital platforms, notably in labour markets, and related issues.

Question for Written Answer: International Environment Impact Assessment for the Paks II Nuclear Power Plant

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Briefing: EU free trade agreement with Australia and New Zealand

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Question for Written Answer: Rule of law in Spain

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Question for Written Answer: Taking stock of EU election observation missions

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Question for Written Answer: ‘Sea motorway’ between Gijón and St. Nazaire

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Question for Written Answer: Impact of Brexit on free movement of persons: Galicians in the United Kingdom

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Question for Written Answer: Concentrated zinc and arsenic discharges

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Question for Written Answer: Tests on animals and humans in the automotive sector

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Question for Written Answer: Granadilla regasification plant and EIB loan to Redexis

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