Keynote speech by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel – CEF Building Blocks Conference

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UPDATED – Agenda: Justice and Home Affairs Council (7 – 8 December 2017)

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Briefing: Free flow of non-personal data in the European Union

One of the 16 key elements of the Commission’s digital single market strategy, presented in 2015, was a legislative proposal to facilitate the free flow of non-personal data. Although this proposal was not made during 2016, whilst the Commission gathered more supporting evidence, the mid-term review of the digital single market in 2017 identified the data economy as one of the top three priority areas for action in the second half of the strategy’s implementation. The European data economy could grow 18-fold, with favourable policy and legislative conditions in place, representing 4 % of EU GDP by 2020. On 13 September 2017, the Commission tabled a proposal for a regulation aimed at removing obstacles to the free movement of non-personal data across borders. It focuses on removing the geographical restrictions on data storage in the internal market, a move long demanded by stakeholders. In addition, the Commission proposes self-regulation to facilitate switching cloud-service-providers for professional users. Other, less widely agreed aspects, such as access rights and liability are left for future proposals. Within the European Parliament, the file has been assigned to the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP LIBE Committee Meeting – Protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data (7 December 2017)

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Final Draft Agenda: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 December 2017)

The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, trade and transport policy.

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Agenda: Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society (12 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Telecommunications Council (4 December 2017)

Update: the main results are now available.

The Council is due to agree a general approach on an updated mandate for the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC). Ministers will also look at the progress made on a proposal to update privacy rules for electronic communications (ePrivacy). They will hold a policy debate on a draft regulation on the free flow of non-personal data.  The presidency will brief ministers on the state of play of negotiations on a European electronic communications code. It will also provide information on Council conclusions on cybersecurity, from 20 November, as well as a draft Council action plan for their implementation. Lastly, the incoming Bulgarian presidency will present its work programme.

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Event: Connected Smart Cities Conference 2018 (Brussels, 11 January 2018)

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

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Event: The Third International Conference on Computing Technology and Information Management (ICCTIM2017) (Thessaloniki, Greece, 8 – 10 December 2017)

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Event: Paris Open Source Summit 2017 (Paris, France, 6 – 7 December 2017)

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Event: Le Forum des Interconnectés 2017 (Lyon, France, 6 – 7 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) Council (30 November – 1 December 2017)

Update: the main results are now available.

The Council will be invited to agree on a general approach to establish a single digital gateway.  Ministers will also take part in a debate on industrial policy with a view to adopting conclusions on a future EU strategy on this topic. In addition, the regular “Competitiveness check-up” part of the session will focus on industrial policy objectives. The Council will examine the way forward for the EU space programmes and will be invited to adopt conclusions on the mid-term review of the Copernicus programme. Finally, A set of draft conclusions titled “From the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 towards the ninth framework programme” will be submitted to the Council for approval.

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OPP Meeting Summary: Competitiveness Council – Competitiveness check-up: Objectives of the Industrial Policy and A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy (30 November 2017)

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Report: EP INTA Committee on towards a digital trade strategy

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Survey: taking the European data economy to the next level

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Intellectual property: Protecting Europe’s know-how and innovation leadership

The Commission today presents measures to ensure that intellectual property rights are well protected, thereby encouraging European companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to invest in innovation and creativity.

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UPDATED – Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing a single digital gateway to provide information, procedures, assistance and problem solving services

Update: the text has been revised.

– General approach.

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

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Preparation of the Competitiveness Council on 30 November and 1 December 2017 – EU industrial strategy for the future

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Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the Fintech Forum 2017

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