The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has adopted its position on the mid-term review of the Digital Single Market. Rapporteur Alin Nica (RO/EPP), Mayor of Dudeștii Noi, highlights that cities and regions are in key position to harness the growth potential of the digital economy but draws attention to the digital divide, the prevention of cyberattacks and the protection of personal data.
A summary of the presentation of the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency, with a focus on digital policy, is now available.
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.
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The agenda includes items related to energy & climate, environment, digital, trade and transport policy.
A summary of the presentation and debate on the above study is available.
EU finance ministers are gathering today in Brussels to endorse EU Council conclusions on taxation of the digital economy, adopt a cross-border e-commerce VAT package and to confirm the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions on tax issues. These files have all been Estonian Presidency priorities. The Ecofin Council is also the last for the Estonian Presidency.