Official Journal (C Series): Council conclusions on Health in the Digital Society — making progress in data-driven innovation in the field of health

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Press Release: Removing barriers to free flow of data – Council agrees its position

The EU is developing new rules to allow non-personal data to move freely and easily across country borders. Member states’ ambassadors (Permanent Representatives Committee) today agreed on a mandate for the presidency to launch negotiations with the European Parliament on the proposal, which aims to boost the EU data economy by removing any unjustified restrictions on the geographical location for storing or processing data. At the same time, the new law would ensure that authorities have access to data stored or processed in another member state so that they can carry out their duties.

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UPDATED – Notice to Members: Report on the IMCO delegation visit to the United States on 19 – 21 September 2017

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (20 December 2017)

Agenda items concern energy & climate and environment, digital, trade and transport policy.

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Blog: European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli on “Less is sometimes more”

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Event: Inaugural Lecture of the Google Chair in Digital Innovation – “Ex machina: Ethical and policy challenges in the age of algorithms” (Brussels, 17 January 2018)

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Event: Data sharing between companies in Europe (Brussels, 12 January 2018)

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Press Release: European Union and the Republic of Korea held 14th Joint Committee

The 14th meeting of the Joint Committee between the European Union (EU) and the Republic of Korea was held in Brussels on Friday 15 December 2017.  The Republic of Korea is a Strategic Partner of the EU, the only one in Asia that is linked with the EU through three agreements, covering the pillars of political, economic relations and trade, and security cooperation.

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Agenda: Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society (18 December 2017)

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Speech by Commissioner Věra Jourová on EU – Japan: Facilitating business exchanges by setting the global data protection standard together

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Joint statement by Commissioner Věra Jourová and Haruhi Kumazawa, Commissioner of the Personal Information Protection on the state of play of the dialogue on data protection

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Event: Information Day on Horizon 2020 Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technologies Topics and Fintech coordination action (Brussels, 19 December 2017)

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Press Release: Four consortia selected to set up Copernicus cloud-based platforms for data and information access services

Following a public procurement procedure, four consortia have been selected to set up cloud-based platforms for Copernicus data and information access services (DIAS). These services will offer unlimited, free, and complete access to Copernicus data and information.

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 December 2017)

Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.

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Agenda: EESC Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (18-19 December 2017)

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Speech by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas at the Estonian Presidency digital seminar

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Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the CEPS event “A Digital Presidency”

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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Agenda: Working Party on Civil Law Matters (Contract Law) (18 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Amendments: EP IMCO Committee on establishing a single digital gateway to provide information, procedures, assistance and problem solving services

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Fact Sheet: Affordable communications for businesses and consumers

The concept of ICTs covers a broad spectrum of technologies, ranging from information technology (IT) through telecommunications, broadcast media, and all types of audio and video processing and transmission to network-based control and monitoring functions. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) and data and internet access services have taken the place of traditional telephone services as the key products for both consumers and businesses. Although linear broadcasting continues to be the principal medium of information distribution and entertainment in Europe, more and more audiovisual content is available on demand and 4G and 5G internet connectivity is subject to exponential growth. As a consequence, the EU has set up a regulatory framework for telecommunications covering fixed and wireless telecoms, internet, broadcasting and transmission services, through a series of rules which apply throughout the EU Member States.

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