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

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

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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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UPDATED – Agenda: Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) Council (30 November – 1 December 2017)

Update: The draft minutes are now available.

The Council will be invited to agree on a general approach to establish a single digital gateway.  Ministers will also take part in a debate on industrial policy with a view to adopting conclusions on a future EU strategy on this topic. In addition, the regular “Competitiveness check-up” part of the session will focus on industrial policy objectives. The Council will examine the way forward for the EU space programmes and will be invited to adopt conclusions on the mid-term review of the Copernicus programme. Finally, A set of draft conclusions titled “From the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 towards the ninth framework programme” will be submitted to the Council for approval.

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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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Press Release: ALDE at the forefront of combatting fake news and misinformation in digital media

Digital media is becoming increasingly more important and is progressively replacing traditional news sources. But this raises numerous challenges as to how to tackle fake news and misinformation. Liberals and Democrats have today put forward proposals to act on these challenges. They call on platforms to provide more transparency and independent oversight of efforts to counter the proliferation of fake news on their platforms in order to assess their effectiveness. Moreover, they emphasise education and media literacy as a crucial tool. Furthermore, they demand a better and balanced regulation to limit the scope, use and the life-time of personal data online without unnecessarily hindering businesses.

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Agenda: Intellectual Property (Copyright) Attachés (18 December 2017)

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Official Journal (C Series): Council conclusions on promoting access to culture via digital means with a focus on audience development

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (13 & 15 December 2017)

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

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UPDATED – Agenda: Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council (20 – 21 November 2017)

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List of Working Papers (WK) distributed to the Education Committee, the Cultural Affairs Committee, the Working Party on Sport, the Youth Working Party and the Audiovisual Working Party in the period between May and August 2017

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Agenda: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Internal market/Public Procurement) (13 December 2017)

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Briefing: Legal analysis with focus on Article 11 of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Market

The briefing paper gives a brief introductory presentation of the provisions of the copyright proposal COM (2016)593 concerning the creation of new rights for press publishers to protect their press publications under EU law. It also discusses the reasoning behind the creation of new rights for press publishers to ensure a fair remuneration and sheds light on the definitions “press publishers” and “press publications” and the scope of the protection as well as the effects of the proposed directive.

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Briefing: The proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (Articles 11, 14 and 16) Strengthening the Press Through Copyright

The briefing gives a brief introductory presentation of the provisions of the proposal concerning the creation of new rights for press publishers to protect their press publications under EU copyright law. Also, it discusses the reasoning behind the creation of new rights for press publishers to ensure a fair remuneration. It also discusses the definitions (of press publishers and press publications) and the scope of the protection as well as the effects of the proposed directive.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP LIBE Committee – LIBE ad-hoc delegation to Washington D.C., USA, 17 – 21 July 2017 (7 December 2017)

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Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (6 December 2017)

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

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Official Journal (C Series): Reports from the ECA on the annual accounts for the financial year 2016

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Voting Result: VAT e-commerce package

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UPDATED – Working Document: EP JURI Committee on Three-dimensional printing, a challenge in the fields of intellectual property rights and civil liability

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OPP Meeting Summary: Economic and Financial Affairs Council – VAT e-commerce package (5 December 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Competitiveness Council – Implementation of the Digital Single Market (30 November 2017)

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Decisions of several committees to enter into interinstitutional negotiations

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Event: The Third International Conference on Computing Technology and Information Management (ICCTIM2017) (Thessaloniki, Greece, 8 – 10 December 2017)

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