Briefing: The Platform Economy – What Think Tanks are thinking

The digital revolution is reshaping the world, changing people’s habits in communication, work, leisure and politics. A major part of this revolution is the expansion of the economy based on digital platforms that match demand and supply for labour without an intermediation of traditional corporations. Platforms also allow people to socialise regardless of geographic distance, find entertainment and travel opportunities easily, and do many other things. Some well-known platforms are Google, Twitter, Linkedin, Apple, Amazon, Uber and AirBnB. While offering vast opportunities to the economy, platforms are also posing tough challenges, for example, in fostering often-precarious, project-based forms of employment at the expense of stable contracts with social security protection, or putting pressure on traditional news media. This note brings together commentaries and studies by international think tanks and research institutes on the role of digital platforms, notably in labour markets, and related issues.

Press release: CEN approves CORE specification revision

To reflect the evolution in EGNOS service provision, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has approved and published a revision of the CWA 16390 specification for the CORE project (Consistently Optimised Resilient Secure Global Supply-Chains) – this technical specification covers the development of products and applications based on services provided by EGNOS.

Calls for Tender: Shaping the Digital Transformation in Europe — SMART 2017/0094

The European Commission has launched a study to highlight areas where further work will be necessary in the short term to fill DSM gaps and to identify future Commission actions that would bring the highest impact in economic and social terms. The study will feed into the analysis of the economic, technological and social dimensions of disrupting digital developments, and the identification of strategies to manage this transformation and maximise its benefits for Europe.

Agenda: EP FEMM Committee Meeting (19 – 20 February 2018)

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Agenda: EP EMPL Committee Agenda (21-22 February 2018)

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (28 February – 1 March 2018)

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (23 February 2018)

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Blog: “Moving towards a Digital Europe”

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Gig economy necessitates a new charter of labour rights – expert

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Opening speech by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel of the Safer Internet Day 2018

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Blog: Vice-President Ansip on “Keeping children safe in a world of online opportunity”

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Draft Council conclusions on “EU Industrial Policy Strategy for Competitiveness, Growth and Innovation”

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Agenda: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Industry) (9 February 2018)

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Research and innovation as drivers of economic growth and job creation

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Agenda: EP BUDG Committee Meeting (21-22 February 2018)

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Keynote speech by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel on 2nd Regional Digital Summit: Towards the competitive and future proof digital Europe

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Press Release: European GNSS – key enabling technologies for a connected, prosperous digital Europe

The second day of the Tenth Conference on European Space Policy in Brussels saw a significant contribution from GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides on the role of European GNSS and other EU space systems in the future of Europe, digitalisation and competitiveness. The conference, which has become Europe’s premier annual forum for space policy debate, took place on 23 and 24 January 2018 with the overall theme of ‘More Space for more Europe – stronger together’.

Agenda: Education Committee (6 February 2018)

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Question for Oral Answer to the Commission: Empowering women and girls through the digital sector

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Event: Digital Skills for Everyone – Accelerating Europe’s Competitiveness and Inclusive Growth (Brussels, 5 April 2018)

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Event: Artificial Intelligence: Another Bubble or a Game Changer? (Brussels, 1 February 2018)

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