Social networks and media platforms have existed for 20 years now. Today, in the EU alone, more than one billion posts and tweets, video clips and photos are shared on these platforms every day. Many of them are informative or entertaining, some are disruptive or harmful to minors, others simply illegal and punishable by law. It is time for the European Commission’s leadership to have direct talks with high-level representatives of media platforms and social networks.
This note, prepared by Policy Department A for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, summarises the background on the phenomenon of platform work, and introduces the focus and the key findings of the recent study “The Social Protection of Workers in the Platform Economy”. It then lists the key recommendations of the study to give the interested audience a quick overview on the main findings of the study.
8% booked transport services.
Member States can therefore regulate the conditions for providing that service.
A summary of the presentation and debate on the above study is available.
EU finance ministers are gathering today in Brussels to endorse EU Council conclusions on taxation of the digital economy, adopt a cross-border e-commerce VAT package and to confirm the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions on tax issues. These files have all been Estonian Presidency priorities. The Ecofin Council is also the last for the Estonian Presidency.
The Council has agreed on EU input to discussions at international level on the taxation of profits in the ‘digital economy’. The conclusions adopted on 5 December 2017 will also serve as a reference for further work on the subject at EU level, including with a view to Commission legislative proposals expected early in 2018.
Update: the draft minutes are now available.
The Council is due to agree a general approach on an updated mandate for the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC). Ministers will also look at the progress made on a proposal to update privacy rules for electronic communications (ePrivacy). They will hold a policy debate on a draft regulation on the free flow of non-personal data. The presidency will brief ministers on the state of play of negotiations on a European electronic communications code. It will also provide information on Council conclusions on cybersecurity, from 20 November, as well as a draft Council action plan for their implementation. Lastly, the incoming Bulgarian presidency will present its work programme.
A summary of the adoption of the general approach is now available.