Briefing: Latest on the digital economy [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The digital revolution, which is reshaping the global economy and societies, offers numerous opportunities, but also poses many challenges, thereby putting governments in a dilemma on how to shape it. While empowering individuals in many ways and spurring impressive inventions, it poses threats of cyber-attacks and privacy abuse. It also raises concern about the future of the labour and social security markets.

Press Release: Online scammers captured after causing EUR 18 million of damage in more than 35 000 cases

After six years of preparation and coordination, the international Operation Warenagent has seen the arrest of 15 individuals, thought to be members of a network responsible for online fraud causing EUR 18 million worth of damage. The operation was conducted by the German Prosecutor’s Office of Dresden, the Saxon State Office of Criminal Investigation, the Lithuanian Police and the Lithuanian Prosecutor’s Office, with help from Europol and Eurojust at the international level.

Press Release: Silicon Valley is embracing EU’s leadership in data protection and privacy, say S&D MEPs

A delegation of S&D MEPs travelled to the United States this week to meet leading digital and hi-tech players in Silicon Valley, and to discuss how best to meet the challenges and opportunities of the new digital environment.

Antitrust Case: AT.39711 Qualcomm

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Press Release: Investment Plan: €27 million in EU financing for Finnish software company M-Files

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €27 million financing agreement with software company M-Files from Tampere, Finland. The loan was made possible by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), central pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe, which was launched by the EIB Group and the European Commission to boost the competitiveness of the European economy. This operation is the EIB’s largest commitment in the Finnish IT sector for years. With these funds, the rapidly growing company aims to revolutionise the way organisations manage and use information, making it more intelligent, intuitive and compliant.

EP JURI Committee Opinion on the legal basis of the proposal establishing a single digital gateway to provide information, procedures, assistance and problem solving services

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Event: Industrial Technologies 2018 – innovative industries for smart growth (INDTECH 2018) (Vienna, Austria, 29 – 31 October 2018)

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Monitoring Industrial Strategy – Indicator Framework regarding Industrial Competitiveness

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Press Release: Udo Bullmann: Google must play by the EU rules when in the EU market. No company is above EU law

S&Ds welcomed today the decision of the European Commission to impose a €4.3 billion penalty on Google for abusing its dominant position in the Android operating system for mobile phones.

Agenda: EESC Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (6 September 2018)

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Merger Case: M.9033 — Clearlake Capital Group/Vista/Eagleview Technology Corporation

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications

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Press Release: Antitrust: Commission fines Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google’s search engine

The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search.

A draft code of practice on online disinformation

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (Recast)

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Commissioner Gabriel hosted first High-Level Forum of Member States on digitalisation of industry and artificial intelligence

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Agenda: Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society (25 July 2018)

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Draft Report: EP ITRE Committee on establishing the Digital Europe programme for the period 2021-2027

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Draft Opinion: EP CULT Committee on establishing the Digital Europe programme for the period 2021-2027

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Press Release: Latvia to join EuroHPC Joint Undertaking

Latvia has announced its intention to join the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, and participate in and contribute to European and national efforts to acquire, build and deploy in Europe the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (20 June 2018)

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Speaking points of Commissioner Jourová at Informal meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers in Innsbruck

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UPDATED – Report: EP JURI Committee on copyright in the Digital Single Market

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Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (3 September 2018)

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