March 2017

  • EU TRADE: WHERE TO NOW?

    Last October, the EU signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. This occurred just days before Donald Trump won the US presidential election with a campaign frequently attacking US trade deals as hurtful to the US. Many trade advocates in Brussels and across the EU have breathed a sigh of relief that…

  • Will there be fireworks for privacy on Fourth of July?

    Yesterday the Article 31 Committee met to discuss the recently agreed privacy shield text, one of the last steps before the deal enters into force. Yesterday was also the day – as Commissioner Věra Jourová had expressed her wish for – the Article 31 Committee were supposed to agree by strong consent on the text…

  • Changing tides for country-specific recommendations on Finance?

    Why you should be aware of this underrated policy tool? On 18 May, the European Commission adopted its yearly country-specific recommendations that are expected to be passed by the European Council at the end of the month. Rooted in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), these recommendations provide non-binding guidelines for…

  • Crisis communications: failing to plan is planning to fail

    Why every business needs a solid crisis communications plan John F Kennedy once said that the time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. While he was talking about the US economy, the same goes for crisis management in protecting corporate reputation. In today’s fast-paced world – marked by a 24-7 news…

  • A Flagship in the Cloud

    The Commission recently launched a European Cloud Initiative. Many of you reading this may be aware of previous Commission-led efforts in this area; this blog aims to shed light. In 2012 the Commission launched a cloud computing strategy to enable and facilitate “faster adoption of cloud computing throughout all sectors of the economy”. Work streams…

  • #FashionTech – where fashion meets technology

      Paris has long laid claim to being home of the global fashion industry, and with the start of the French capital’s 3rd FashionTech Week today it has cemented that position even further. Fashion is one of the many traditional sectors being disrupted for the better by new technologies. The FashionTech Week will see many…

  • The return of Tsipras

    Sunday’s snap election in Greece has resulted in victory for Syriza and Alexis Tsipras, who returns as Prime Minister with a 7.5% margin over his opponent, New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis. While pre-election polls had them neck and neck, in the end Syriza fell just five seats short of an overall majority and will renew…

  • Time to seal the EU-US deal on data transfers

    After four years of negotiations between the EU and the US, the text of the bilateral data protection ‘Umbrella Agreement’ has just been sealed. The Umbrella Agreement ensures the equal data protection rights of every US and EU citizens when it comes to criminal data transfers of personal information, such as names, addresses, criminal records,…

  • E-commerce sector inquiry: a new round of questionnaires has been distributed

    Even though Brussels feels abandoned, certain areas resembling a movie set from a post-apocalypse movie, the E-commerce sector inquiry is ongoing. Chasing down all competition concerns in the e-commerce sector, the Commission has sent out a new round of questionnaires focusing on online marketplaces that act as hubs for independent traders (e.g Amazon.com or eBay).…

  • Drones enter EU regulatory debate

    Last week, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) launched a consultation on its Advance Notice of Proposed Amendment (A-NPA) on the introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of drones. The notice reflects the main points of the so-called Riga Declaration, incorporates the Agency’s own Concept of Operations for Drones and advances 33 proposals…

Back to top