Digital Agenda

  • The State of the EU’s Digital Single Market Project

    One year ago the European Commission came out with its plans for finalising the EU’s Digital Single Market by 2019 – and then went back to the drawing board to figure out the details. As the rhythm of concrete proposals is finally picking up, with a whole set of additional proposals due in a couple…

  • 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…

  • Data centers – emerging players in European energy landscape

    Data centers, facilities that store and process data, are the emerging players of European energy landscape and come at the crossroads of the European Commission’s upcoming Energy Efficiency Package and the Free Flow of Data initiative expected by late 2016. The vast increase in the generation of data and its central role in the digital…

  • Consumer Broadband Research across the EU – Consumers demand more of everything

    European telecoms regulators have focused for some time on price regulation as a way of promoting consumer welfare. New research by FTI Consulting highlights the importance of a regulatory approach that also stimulates investment, innovation and service-based competition for the benefit of consumers.

  • #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…

  • Telecoms review consultation: wide in scope and a challenge to deliver?

    Europe is having a closer look at its telecom rules after the European Commission asked industry last Friday how they envision telecoms rules and Europe’s broadband needs beyond 2020 in two separate public consultations. With the rules on net neutrality and roaming still to be adopted by Council and the European Parliament, Telcos and Internet…

  • 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).…

  • Filling the Gender Gap In STEM, a view from Ladies Who Code in Europe and Asia

    On a sunny Thursday afternoon, FTI Consulting hosted a panel of women in various fields to discuss obstacles, possibilties and importance of filling the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Together at the FTI Consulting Brussels office, the group moderated by Cheryl Miller is Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Leadership Institute, talked about what it…

  • Coding for the 21st Century Workplace

      Coding is the new literacy standard of the 21st century. Learning your ABCs was enough to compete in the market in 20th century, but today you also need Java, Ruby, C# or C++. Unfortunately, this statement doesn’t make sense to many corporates and their personnel as they don’t see the relevance of coding for…

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