Merger Case: M.7993 ALTICE/PT PORTUGAL (Art. 14.2 proc.)

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Press Release: Mergers: Commission fines Altice €125 million for breaching EU rules and controlling PT Portugal before obtaining merger approval

The European Commission has imposed a €124.5 million fine on Altice, the multinational cable and telecommunications company based in the Netherlands, for implementing its acquisition of the Portuguese telecommunications operator PT Portugal before notification or approval by the Commission.

UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Connecting Europe Facility Coordination Committee – Telecoms (26 April 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – EU Cybersecurity Agency (ENISA) and information and communication technology cybersecurity certification (Cybersecurity Act) (23 April 2018)

A summary of the Committee’s consideration of the draft report is now available.

Merger Case: M. 8872 ADVENT INTERNATIONAL / LAIRD

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Event: Makerstown 2018 (Brussels, 22 May 2018)

Over 2’000 makers, start-ups, inventors, European top policy makers, business leaders, high school teachers and children meet in a unique fair to discover and debate what the Town of the Future will look like. Building on the success of the 2016 and 2017 editions, Makerstown is back in 2018 bigger, better, and more daring. Makerstown shakes up Brussels by showcasing the Town of the Future and what needs to be done in terms of policy, private investment and education to ensure the Town of the Future can become a reality.

Event: ‘Services BCOs can offer, other than funding’: thematic group for Broadband Competence Offices (Brussels, 25 April 2018)

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Event: ‘Services for rural and remote areas’: training session for Broadband Competence Offices (Brussels, 24 April 2018)

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Event: Webinar ‘socioeconomic benefits of fibre: The perspective of end-users’ (23 April 2018)

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Briefing: The regions in the digital single market: ICT and digital opportunities for European regions

The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy. The European Commission estimates that completing the digital single market could contribute €415 billion per year to Europe’s economy, create 3.8 million jobs and transform public services. In addition, many future jobs will require information and communications technologies (ICT) skills, rendering the process of acquiring digital skills an imperative. The European Commission has presented several initiatives to boost the use of ICT in Europe

Briefing: Adapting to new digital realities: Main issues and policy responses

Digital technologies have changed the way we live and transformed the world around us at unprecedented speed. They have affected all important aspects of life, both at work and at home, and have influenced almost everything from human relations to the economy, to the extent that access to the internet has now become a basic human right recognised by the United Nations. This profound change presents both opportunities and threats to our society. Citizens need specific skills and access to be able to meaningfully take part in society and work. European businesses need an adequate policy framework and infrastructure to capture the enormous value created by the digital economy. Supporting innovation, removing barriers in the digital single market, and effectively managing and using data are the necessary tools to assist them and boost economic growth in Europe. The European Union takes an active part in shaping the digital economy and society, with cross policy initiatives that range from boosting investment, through reforms of copyright and e privacy, to removal of geo-blocking and development of e-government. This multifaceted approach is necessary to facilitate adaptation to complex new realities.

Event: Meeting The Internet Connectivity Challenge – The Role for Community Networks (Brussels, 13 June 2018)

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Event: Radio Spectrum Policy Group Stakeholder Workshop (Stockholm, Sweden, 15 May 2018)

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Security Union: Commission facilitates access to electronic evidence

The Commission is proposing new rules to make it easier and faster for police and judicial authorities to obtain the electronic evidence, such as e-mails or documents located on the cloud, they need to investigate, prosecute and convict criminals and terrorists.

Press Release: Engaging with Stakeholders – BEREC’s Study Trip to North America

This year from 9th to 13th April, the BEREC Chair for 2018 Mr Johannes Gungl (RTR), and Vice-Chairs Mr Sébastien Soriano (ARCEP), Jeremy Godfrey (COMREG), Mr Dan Sjöblom (PTS), Mr George Michaelides (OCECPR) and Mr Vladica Tintor (RATEL), accompanied by Ms Elisabeth Dornetshumer (RTR) and Ms Anne Lenfant (ARCEP) travelled to Canada to meet institutional and industrial stakeholders.

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (Recast)

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Monitoring Industrial Strategy – Draft Indicator Framework

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Event: Shaping our digital future: the challenge of the digital revolution” (Brussels, 25 April 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP TRAN Committee on Gear 2030 – presentation by the Commission (12 April 2018)

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Update: Digital Single Market Strategic Group (DSM SG) 6th meeting (22 February 2018)

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