All the results of the consultation will feed into the forthcoming European Parliamentary Research Service ‘Cost of Non-Europe on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Report’, and help the European Parliament to address the ethical, economic, legal, and social issues arising in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence for civil use.
The European Parliament’s transport committee today voted through new rules that aim to reduce disparities between member states in terms of cross border delivery costs. The proposals fit into the EU’s wider strategy to improve e-commerce and will help small and medium sized businesses in particular who are often priced out of cross-border trading due to high delivery costs. ECR shadow rapporteur Kosma Zlotowski believes that consumers will benefit from increased transparency and small e-retailers will be able to get better deals on delivery charges.
Today, the European Parliament’s Transport Committee voted in favour of a Regulation to boost cross-border parcel delivery services for e-commerce in the internal market. The text, which passed with a large majority, contains provisions to improve the transparency of prices of cross-border parcel delivery services. The EPP Group’s Shadow Rapporteur Markus Ferber MEP said: “This is a sound and balanced approach to tackle excessive costs and a lack of transparency when it comes to cross-border delivery of items bought and sold online. Consumers should have better access to information when choosing their delivery service.”
Results of the Committee’s vote on the adoption of the draft report are available.
The Council today granted the Estonian presidency a general mandate to begin negotiations with the European Parliament on new rules for the electronic communications sector that will prepare Europe for the era of 5G by promoting investment, competition, consumer protection and the development of new services. Boosting investment is necessary to ensure that the EU is able to meet the ever-growing demand for gigabit connectivity, which is a vital part of the digital revolution.
This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above proposal, submitted on 2 May 2017 and referred to Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection. The initiative seeks to reduce as much as possible the additional administrative burden that EU citizens and businesses face when they expand their activities to other Member States.
The EU will sponsor free wireless internet access points in town halls, libraries, parks and other public places under a new scheme called WiFi4EU, which was adopted by the Council today. An easily recognisable multilingual WiFi4EU portal will provide access to a secure high-speed connection in at least 6 000 local communities across the EU by 2020. An informal agreement on the scheme was reached with the European Parliament in May this year.