OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE/IMCO Joint Committee Meeting – Presentation by Mr Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market, of the new initiatives in the digital sector (19 February 2020)

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2020 Commission Work Programme: Digital

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Agenda: Working Party on Intellectual Property (11 February 2020)

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Opinion: EP IMCO Committee on Competition Policy – Annual Report 2019

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Draft Opinion: EP IMCO on Competition Policy – Annual Report 2019

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Event: Vertical Restraints in the Digital Economy: VBER reform and the future of distribution (Brussels, 30 – 31 January 2020)

Vertical restraints, inasmuch as they relate to the conditions according to which participants in any value chain may purchase, sell or resell goods or services, are ubiquitous. Conversely, Article 101 TFEU and the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) have had over time an enormous impact on the design of trading terms and conditions across the whole EU economy. That impact has been compelled by significant changes in the enforcement of Article 101 TFEU towards vertical restraints since the turn of the century, as enforcement moved into the hands of national competition authorities, for the most part, only recently arising renewed interest at EU level in the aftermath of the digital sector inquiry. The conference will aim to take stock of modernisation in the field of vertical restraints, its achievements and shortcomings, while eliciting solutions for the future, including in relation to new issues that have arisen as a result of digitisation, changing business models and political concerns about the sharing of profits across value chains

Report: Internet and Jurisdiction Global Status Report 2019

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Notice to Stakeholders: Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules in the field of copyright

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Implementation of the new Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Regulation

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Stakeholder White Paper: Digital Ambitions for Europe 2024

This is a wide-ranging dossier on Europe’s regulation of the digital, telecom and media sectors towards 2024.

By Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE)

OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Presentation of the Council Presidency’s programme (2 September 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available.

Press Release: Digital Single Market: Survey shows Europeans are well aware of rules against unjustified geo-blocking

Seven months after new rules against unjustified geo-blocking began to apply, general consumer awareness of the new rules against restrictions for online shopping and cross-border sales is already high.

A Eurobarometer survey published today shows that just a few months after the new rules on geo-blocking started to apply, 50% of EU citizens are generally aware of EU action to tackle unjustified discrimination by traders. However, more efforts are needed to ensure wider knowledge of the specific digital rights enshrined in EU law, since only 29% of respondents know which rights specifically concern them.

CULT Activity Report of the 8th legislature

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Press Release: Conclusions of the 51st meeting of the EEA Council

The fifty-first meeting of the EEA Council took place in Brussels on 20 May 2019 under the Presidency of Mr Ștefan-Radu Oprea, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting was attended by Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein, Mr Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, and Ms Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, as well as by members of the Council of the European Union and representatives of the European Commission and the European External Action Service. The EEA Council discussed the overall functioning of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) and held an orientation debate on Climate change: Long-term strategies towards 2050 and the implementation of the Paris agreement.

Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the 2019 European Business Summit

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO – Exchange of views with Commissioner Bieńkowska (21 February 2019)

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Antitrust Case: Case AT.40428 — Guess

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UPDATED Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (30 January & 1 February 2019)

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Question for Written Answer: Geoblocking and minorities’ access to audiovisual content in their mother tongue

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Report on the IMCO Mission to Athens, Greece, on 17-19 December 2018

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Research for CULT Committee – Film Financing and the Digital Single Market: its Future, the Role of Territoriality and New Models of Financing

This report studies the role of territoriality in film financing, the legal and market challenges territoriality faces as a key model for film financing and the consequences if EU policies were to reduce or mitigate the scope of territorial exclusivity in the audiovisual sector. It provides information on Member States’ and EU models of film financing, explores the challenges film financing faces from digital developments and evolving consumer behaviour and analyses possible alternatives to traditional methods of financing and policies to support this.

Press Release: Antitrust: Commission fines Guess €40 million for anticompetitive agreements to block cross-border sales

The European Commission today fined the clothing company Guess €39 821 000 for restricting retailers from online advertising and selling cross-border to consumers in other Member States (“geo-blocking”), in breach of EU competition rules.

Statement by Vice-President Ansip ahead of the new EU regulation entering into force to end unjustified geoblocking

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Press Release: Digital Single Market: New EU rules allow Europeans to shop online without borders

On 3rd of December 2018 the new regulation proposed by the European Commission in May 2016 to end unjustified geoblocking online will enter into force. Europeans will not have to worry about a website blocking or re-routing them just because they, or their credit card, come from a different country. Wherever they are in the EU, they will be able to access goods and services online.

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