Intellectual property: Protecting Europe’s know-how and innovation leadership

The Commission today presents measures to ensure that intellectual property rights are well protected, thereby encouraging European companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to invest in innovation and creativity.

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (29 November & 1 December 2017)

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‘I/A’ Item Note: ECOFIN Report to the European Council on tax issues

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UPDATED – Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing a single digital gateway to provide information, procedures, assistance and problem solving services

Update: the text has been revised.

– General approach.

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Event: Joint S&D Employment Committee/Digital Europe Working Group Workshop: Work 4.0 – Challenges to working conditions and social security in the digital age (Brussels, 7 December 2017)

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Study: Infrastructure funding challenges in the sharing economy

The study analyses the disruption created by shared mobility in the funding of transport infrastructure. While recognising the benefits of shared mobility in terms of reduction of private car use, the study identifies that there might be short term negative effects on the revenues of long distance railway and coach operators. It also points out other potential risks, which include capturing the revenues through commissions charged by platforms mediating mass-transit services (Mobility as a Service), free-riding and lower tax contributions. The study makes recommendations to reduce these risks.

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In-Depth Analysis: Providers Liability: From the eCommerce Directive to the future

The study addresses the secondary liability of Internet intermediaries, namely, the issue of whether and to what extent, intermediaries —who bring together or facilitate transactions between third parties on the Internet— should be liable for, or in dependence of, illegal activities by their users. The report discusses the main issues related to the application of the Directive, and makes some suggestions for future improvements. It argues that the exemption should be maintained, since it is needed to ensure the diverse provision of intermediation services and the freedoms of the users of such services. Some updates to the current regulation may provide better guidance to Internet intermediaries, their users, and legal professionals.

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Event: Digital Openness in Europe (Brussels, 28 November 2017)

Open markets have long been known to stimulate economic growth, as the free movement of people, goods and services across borders drives innovation and commercial dynamism. These benefits are even more pronounced in the digital domain. Enabling seamless crossborder digital commerce can help companies to build at scale, and benefits consumers by widening their choices. Europe has a strong technology and digital sector, made evident by its many disrupter brands, from Skype to BlaBlaCar, and a digitally savvy population. But by opening up the bloc into a single digital market, and by increasing internet access in its less developed economies, could the sector go further? How can Europe’s digital economy reach the same level of openness as the traditional one?

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Exchange of views with Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Economic and Financial Affairs (20 November 2017)

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union

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Agenda: EP TRAN Committee (4 December 2017)

The agenda items include the adoption of draft opinion on Monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles, a presentation on ‘Infrastructure funding challenges in the sharing economy’, a consideration of draft report on Safeguarding competition in air transport and a presentation by the Commission of the draft delegated act related to technical requirements for inland waterways vessel.

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Agenda: Meeting of the Committee of the Regions SEDEC Commission (21 November 2017)

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Agenda: EESC Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (20 November 2017)

The agenda includes a public hearing on the Digital Single Market in peripheral member states, challenges and opportunities.

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Agenda: High Level Working Party (Taxation) (23 November 2017)

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VAT e-commerce package

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Agenda: 14th Meeting of the IMCO Working Group on the Digital Single Market – Accommodation and transport services and the Digital Single Market: how to ensure consumer choice and fair competition (22 November 2017)

The Digital Revolution and the sharing economy have brought different challenges in the online accommodation and transport services. The meeting will be a discussion about how to guarantee the freedom to provide services, the existence of free and fair competition, and the protection of consumers.

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Agenda: Fiscal Counsellors/Attachés from the Permanent Representations (13 November 2017)

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Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee − Taxation of the collaborative economy – analysis of possible tax policies faced with the growth of the collaborative economy (exploratory opinion requested by the Estonian Presidency)

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Speech: Commissioner Vestager on “Clearing the path for innovation”

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Update: Expert group on electronic commerce

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Agenda: Working Party on Tax Questions (Direct Taxation – CCTB) and Working Party on Tax Questions (Direct Taxation – DAC) (8 November 2017)

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Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (20 – 21 November 2017)

The agenda includes items concerning digital and transport policy.

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Press Release: Advantages of a Digital Society

The EU is ready for a digital revolution and for reaping its benefits – this was one of the conclusions of the conference on the Advantages of a Digital Society, which took place on 25 October 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia. The participants discussed various aspects of e-society and the Digital Single Market. Cyber security, societal trust, the free flow of data, the further development of infrastructure and getting rid of barriers hindering the Digital Single Market were just a few of the issues raised.

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