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?
Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy items.
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
“This means the end of discrimination of consumers buying physical goods online in the European Single Market. European consumers will no longer be deprived of access to physical goods or services based on their nationality, residence or IP address”, said the European Parliament’s lead negotiator, Roza Thun MEP who defends the consumer’s right to profit from the whole Single Market.
The European Parliament’s committees for the internal market and legal affairs today backed proposals to update laws covering contracts for the supply of digital content.
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.
The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission have tonight delivered on commitments made during September’s Digital Summit in Tallinn by ending unjustified geoblocking, one of the EU priority files for 2017
Compromise amendments 1 – 86 are now available.
The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, trade and transport policy.
In July 2017, the EU and Japan reached an agreement in principle on the main elements of the EPA. Within the framework of our event we would like to discuss the possible challenges ahead to close the deal, the chances to overcome differences on the topic of investment protection and the ability of the partners to set global standards regarding digital trade and data flows. As speakers we will be welcoming Ambassador Akira Kono, Deputy Head of the Japanese Mission to the European Union, Philippe Duponteil, European Commission and Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).
Prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), this report examines the current state of play in the open data market and the legal framework in the EU. Barriers and possible solutions are identified in the form of future scenarios to 2020-25. The key policy recommendation is to instigate a system of Open Data Licensing to drive access to open data, akin to open source software licensing.
The agenda includes a public hearing on the Digital Single Market in peripheral member states, challenges and opportunities.