Europe’s E-Privacy Regulation: A balanced approach for privacy and innovation?

On 10 January the Commission put forward its E-Privacy proposal that seeks to address the privacy of electronic communications. In particular it sets the parameters through which one’s online communication can be access and used. The Commission has chosen a privacy oriented approach, addressing the issue from an end-user perspective. For industry the proposal sets new…

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EU data economy: Let the data flow… or maybe not?

As part of its Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission has proposed a Communication on 10 January outlining policy and legal solutions that will unleash the EU’s data economy. Initial reactions by industry showed disappointment with the Communication across many sectors. What does the new Communication add to the ongoing controversial debate on data?…

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Winter Package is coming

The 2016 Winter Package is the most important deliverable of the European Commission’s Energy Union project, contributing to all its dimensions: Energy security, integrated energy market, energy efficiency, decarbonisation and R&D and innovation. Its size (1000 pages of core text) is as impressive as its ambition. This package aims at nothing less than creating the…

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Brexit and Private Equity: Business as Usual?

Global Private Equity (PE) assets under management have been rising in recent years, reaching a new high in June 2015 at $2.4 trillion. A similar trend can be seen in Europe where PE is increasingly considered an important funding channel for businesses in Europe. The outcome of the Brexit referendum appears not to have bucked…

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UN Sustainable Development Goals – a new role for business?

One year after the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) the European Commission unveiled its Communication on the next steps for a sustainable European future: European action for sustainability. It maps EU’s policies that contribute to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and launches a reference indicator framework to measure…

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What NOw Italy?

A few weeks ago, FTI Consulting tried to assess what was really at stake with the approaching Italian referendum, acknowledging that according to the polls, it did not appear likely the reform measures would be approved. Yesterday’s vote confirmed such expectations, with 59.1% of the record 33 million voters rejecting the proposed constitutional change. The…

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Europe’s opportunity in digital agriculture

Farming may sometimes seem the most traditional of activities, but it has never stopped innovating. Every generation has brought technological and organisational advancements, from when stone-age man first used primitive tools to the use of disease-resistant crop varieties. Now, digital farming is ushering in the latest revolution in humanity’s agricultural practices. Will Europe benefit as…

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Constitutional referendum in Italy: less than three weeks to go

With the turmoil resulting from the US election starting to fade, attention is now turning to the Italian referendum on 4 December. The referendum will give citizens the opportunity to embrace, or indeed reject, the constitutional reforms enacted by the Italian Parliament. With less than three weeks to go, Italian politicians are preparing for the…

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