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The public debriefing of 13 December 2017 in Brussels was the occasion for the BEREC Chair 2017 to come back on the work done by BEREC in 2017 that was marked by important work on Net neutrality, mobile and roaming issues and the framework review, and present the work programme for next year.
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.
The Trans-European Networks (TENs) are partly funded by the European Union and partly by the Member States. Financial support from the EU serves as a catalyst, the Member States being required to provide the bulk of the financing. The financing of the TENs can also be complemented by Structural Fund assistance, aid from the European Investment Bank or contributions from the private sector. A major reform was introduced across the TENs with the establishment of the Connecting Europe Facility in 2013.
The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) retains the trans-European networks (TENs) in the areas of transport, energy and telecommunications, first mentioned in the Maastricht Treaty, in order to connect all the regions of the EU. These networks are tools intended to contribute to the growth of the internal market and to employment, while pursuing environmental and sustainable development goals. The end of 2013 saw a fundamental reform of the trans-European transport network.
In a resolution voted on Wednesday, Parliament welcomes the joint Brexit progress report, as presented by EU and UK negotiators on 8 December. The resolution was passed by 556 votes to 62, with 68 abstentions.
A new online register, launched on Tuesday 12 December, will make it easier to find and track EU decisions taken in the form of delegated acts.
Update: The press release of the Commission decision approving the merger has been published.