Since 1995, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have driven productivity gains and growth in the EU. The concept of ICTs covers a broad spectrum of technologies, ranging from information technology (IT) through telecommunications, broadcast media, and all types of audio and video processing and transmission to network-based control and monitoring functions. Over the past three decades, technological ‘convergence’ has been blurring the boundaries between telecommunications, broadcasting and IT. Although linear broadcasting continues to be the principal medium of information distribution and entertainment in Europe, more and more audiovisual content is available on demand, while exponential growth in 4G and 5G internet connectivity and the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) gives the internet an increasingly ubiquitous dimension. With a view to addressing the different challenges, the Commission launched the digital single market in 2015 to deliver the main legislative proposals set as priority, such as boosting e-commerce, copyright, audiovisuals, the telecoms review, ePrivacy, harmonisation of digital rights, affordable parcel delivery, harmonised VAT rules and cybersecurity.
Some difficulties still hinder cross-border sales.
The impact of the EU’s competition policy on local and regional authorities was the topic of an opinion adopted at the European Committee of the Regions’ (CoR) December plenary session. During a debate with the EU’s Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, members of the CoR urged that rules allow local and regional authorities address social and economic challenges without being considered state aid.
EU ambassadors confirmed today an agreement reached between the Estonian presidency and the European Parliament to ban unjustified geo-blocking in the internal market.
Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, transport and general policy items.
Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy items.
Legal Affairs Committee MEPs approved new rules that aim to give consumers a wider choice in online TV and radio news and current affairs programmes across borders in the EU.
“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, 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
The agenda includes a public hearing on the Digital Single Market in peripheral member states, challenges and opportunities.
Update: An addendum to the draft agenda concerning transport policy is now available.
Agenda items concern energy & environment, digital, transport and trade policy.