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.

Agenda: EP ITRE Committee Meeting (25 March 2019)

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Approval of a letter – Interoperability between EU information systems

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

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Agenda: DAPIX Friends of Presidency (Data retention) (Morning only) (11 April 2019)

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Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (3 – 4 April 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP CONT Committee – ECA Briefing paper on Challenges to effective EU cybersecurity policy (21 March 2019)

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Update – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (6 & 8 March 2019)

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Press Release: The Cybersecurity Act strengthens Europe’s cybersecurity

The Cybersecurity Act was adopted by the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). This new EU Regulation gives ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity, a permanent mandate and strengthens its role. The Act also establishes an EU framework for cybersecurity certification, boosting the cybersecurity of digital products and services in Europe.

Speech: Keynote speech by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel to Building cybersecurity Bridges Together – 15 years of ENISA

Brussels, 19.03.2019

“Today’s event is not only well timed, it is also well planned to address all three dimensions of our European cybersecurity policy agenda and thus the whole breadth of ENISA’s work.”

Speech by European Commission Věra Jourová at the 9th Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference: What next for European and global data privacy?

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Opening keynote speech by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel at the 9th Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference

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Council conclusions on cybersecurity capacity and capabilities building in the EU

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Event: Boosting Innovation for EU industry – Industrial Infrastructures and Open Innovation Ecosystems (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 03 April 2019)

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Press Release: Code of practice against disinformation: Commission takes note of the progress made by online platforms and urges them to step up their efforts

Today the European Commission published the latest monthly reports from Google, Twitter, and Facebook, on the progress made in February towards meeting their commitments to fight disinformation. The online platforms are all signatories of the Code of Practice against disinformation and have committed to report their progress in the run up to the European Parliament elections in May 2019. The publication of the monthly reports follows a meeting yesterday afternoon between the Commission and the platforms to discuss the state of play.

Press Release: Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites.

UPDATED – Amendments to the Report: EP IMCO/JURI Committee on contracts for the supply of digital content

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UPDATED – Amendments to the Report: EP IMCO Committee on certain aspects concerning contracts for the sales of goods

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UPDATED – Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1141/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards a verification procedure related to infringements of rules on the protection of personal data in the context of elections to the European Parliament

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Agenda: Friends of Presidency COPEN (E-evidence) (29 March 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Google Shopping antitrust case: Google’s latest commitments regarding ‘rival links’ since its 2013-2014 proposals during the term of Commissioner Almunia

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Establishing the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and the Network of National Coordination Centres (18 March 2019)

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online

Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee

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