Fact Sheet: Digital Agenda for Europe

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.

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on addressing unjustified geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers’ nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market

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Speech by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas at the Estonian Presidency digital seminar

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Vote on Addressing geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers’ nationality (4 December 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Addressing geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers’ nationality (4 December 2017)

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Press Release: EU Competition policy must not limit local and regional support

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.

OPP Meeting Summary: Competitiveness Council – Implementation of the Digital Single Market (30 November 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Competitiveness Council – Geo-blocking (30 November 2017)

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Press Release: Geo-blocking: EU ambassadors confirm agreement on removing barriers to e-commerce

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: Coreper 1 Meeting (29 November 2017)

Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, transport and general policy items.

Agenda: EP IMCO Committee Meeting (4 December 2017)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Vote on Towards a digital trade strategy (23 November 2017)

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (22 & 24 November 2017)

Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy items.

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.

OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO/JURI Committee – Report back on the trilogue on geo-blocking (21 November 2017)

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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.

UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (16 November 2017)

Update: An addendum to the draft agenda concerning transport policy is now available.

Agenda items concern energy & environment, digital, transport and trade policy.

Agenda: Working Party on Civil Law Matters (Contract Law) (27 November 2017)

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on addressing unjustified geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on customers’ nationality, place of residence or place of establishment within the internal market

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP INTA Committee – Towards a digital trade strategy (9 November 2017)

A summary of the Committee’s consideration of amendments is now available.

Speech by Vice-President Ansip on “Digital Europe” at the Central European University

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