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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Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the Orgalime General Assembly

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8640 CVC / BLACKSTONE / PAYSAFE

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (22 & 24 November 2017)

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

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Agenda: EP LIBE Committee Meeting (27 – 28 November 2017)

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Question for Written Answer: Processing of data by online shops pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council

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Press Release: Consumer-friendly rules in the digital environment

MEPs took an important step today towards eliminating the barriers that hinder cross-border on-line trade and defining rules that protect consumers in the digital environment. The Members of the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee and the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection today jointly adopted the Directive on contracts for the supply of digital content. The new Directive will aim to harmonise the standard set of digital contract law rules on contracts between businesses and consumers

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Speech: Commissioner Moedas at the Conference at the OECD on ‘Innovation in Government: The New Normal’

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Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the Enterprise Europe Network annual conference, in Tallinn

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Speech: Commissioner Hogan at the Broadband Competence Office launch event

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Speech: Commissioner Vestager on “Helping people cope with technological change”

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Agenda: Joint meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues and the Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society (29 November 2017)

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Agenda: Fiscal Counsellors/Attachés from the Permanent Representations (21 November 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP LIBE Committee – Vote on copyright in the Digital Single Market (20 November 2017)

Results of the Committee’s vote on the adoption of the draft opinion are available.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO/JURI Committee – Vote on Contracts for the supply of digital content (21 November 2017)

A summary of the committee’s vote on the adoption of the draft report and the decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations is now available.

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Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (27 – 28 November 2017)

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Briefing: Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0) and Cybersecurity

The digitalisation of manufacturing industry, i.e. employing in depth digital technologies for the performance of good production raises additional cybersecurity questions. Currently EU cybersecurity policies are mainly targeting network security and large infrastructures of public interest, with little emphasis on the needs of a digitised industry. Still, recent policy developments do provide framework of possibly covering these needs.

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Written Answer to a Question: Data protection in Catalonia

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