Event: eHealth high-level conference (Bucharest, 11 – 14 June 2019)

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Briefing: Regulating online TV and radio broadcasting

In December 2018, the co-legislators reached an agreement on a European Commission proposal for facilitating the cross-border provision of online TV and radio content. The co-legislators agreed to extend the ‘country of origin’ principle to a limited set of online services, and to facilitate the licensing of retransmission services over the internet under certain conditions. Furthermore, at the request of the European Parliament, the compromise text contains new rules on ‘direct injection’, a process used increasingly by broadcasters to transmit their programmes to the public. The compromise also includes a change of the instrument from a regulation into a directive in order to leave flexibility to the Member States to implement the new rules on ‘direct injection’. The Member States’ negotiators and the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) endorsed the political agreement in January 2019. The compromise text must now gain the approval of the European Parliament during the March II plenary session.

Briefing: Copyright in the digital single market

The European Commission presented a legislative package for the modernisation of the EU copyright rules, including a new directive on copyright in the digital single market on 14 September 2016. Stakeholders and academics have been strongly divided on the proposal. In February 2019, after more than two years of protracted negotiations, the co-legislators agreed on a new set of copyright rules including two controversial provisions: 1) the creation of a new right that will allow press publishers to claim remuneration for the online use of their publications (Article 11), and 2), the imposition of content monitoring measures on online platforms such as YouTube, which seeks to resolve the ‘value gap’ and help rights-holders to better monetise and control the distribution of their content online (Article 13). Furthermore, in addition to the mandatory exception for text and data mining for research purposes proposed by the Commission in its proposal, the co-legislators agreed to enshrine in EU law another mandatory exception for general text and data mining (Article 3a) in order to contribute to the development of data analytics and artificial intelligence. On 20 February 2019, Coreper endorsed the compromise text on behalf of the Member States.

Press Release: Could Connected and Automated Vehicles Road Congestion?

Can highly automated vehicles fare better than traditional cars in traffic gridlock conditions? Cooperation between vehicle intelligent transport systems via connected vehicles may provide a solution.

Event: Road to Europe: the Spitzenkandidaten Series (March – April 2019)

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High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (main group) (08 April 2019)

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Agenda: Joint EP ITRE/TRAN Committee Meeting (25 March 2019)

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High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (main group) (10 April 2019)

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Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (25 March 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: WiFi4EU – implementation and timetable

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Senát (CZ) – COM(2018) 434 final

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‘I/A’ ITEM NOTE: Draft COUNCIL DECISION authorising the opening of negotiations on an agreement between the European Union and each individual European Neighbourhood Policy South country for the purpose of agreeing the terms and conditions for extending the provision of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) over European Neighbourhood Policy

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‘I’ ITEM NOTE: Statement on behalf of the EU and its Member States on the occasion of the 58th session of the Legal Subcommittee (LSC) of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) (Vienna, 1 – 12 April 2019)

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Press Release: Antitrust – Commission fines Nike €12.5 million for restricting cross-border sales of merchandising products

The European Commission has fined Nike €12.5 million for banning traders from selling licensed merchandise to other countries within the EEA. This restriction concerned merchandising products of some of Europe’s best-known football clubs and federations, for which Nike held the licence.

Press Release: Brexit preparedness: EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12 April

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Study: Trends in trade in counterfeit and pirated goods: the updated picture

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Camera Deputaților (RO) – JOIN(2018) 31 final

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Agenda: Meeting of the Antici Group (26 March 2019)

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Approval of a letter – Interoperability between EU information systems

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Event: Use of mobile phones / tablets for evaluation in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries (Brussels, 29 March 2019)

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Agenda: Meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues (attache format) (25 March 2019)

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Press release: S&Ds – Socialists and Democrats want companies to pay a fair minimum effective tax rate of 18%

“It is time for Europe to move towards a fairer tax system. While workers in OECD countries pay more than 25% of their wages in tax, multinationals often avoid taxes and sometimes pay close to zero. This must change. That is why the Socialists and Democrats will call on other political groups to back their clear demand for an EU-wide minimum effective tax rate of no less than 18% for companies  during for the final vote in Strasbourg on the TAX3 report.”

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