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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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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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Annual report on Competition Policy (20 November 2017)

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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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Press Release: Digital Single Market: ending unjustified geo-blocking

“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.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Exchange of views with Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Economic and Financial Affairs (20 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 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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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO/JURI Committee – Report back on the trilogue on geo-blocking (21 November 2017)

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Written Answer to a Question: VAT fraud by online retailers from third countries

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Written Answer to a Question: Violation of the Treaty of Accession of Romania to the European Union by the Romanian Ministry for Communications and the Information Society

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws

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Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (11-14 December 2017)

The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, trade and transport policy.

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Event: Shaping the EU-Japan trade relations (Brussels, 4 December 2017)

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).

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Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the Fintech Forum 2017

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In-depth analysis: Data flows – Future Scenarios

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.

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Agenda: Meeting of the Committee of the Regions SEDEC Commission (21 November 2017)

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Agenda: EESC Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (20 November 2017)

The agenda includes a public hearing on the Digital Single Market in peripheral member states, challenges and opportunities.

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