Digital Single Market

  • Revising the audiovisual rules – the final twist?

    In Brussels, it doesn’t get any more exciting this: today, the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament start the final part of the legislative process to hash out line by line and article by article how to revise the existing EU audiovisual rules. Think Django Unchained but with pen and paper. At stake…

  • Our event on Autonomous Vehicles: Who will win the global race?

    On 15 June we held a lunch briefing on the global competition towards autonomous vehicles. Speakers from the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the EU Commission, Ford, Bosch and Allianz SE discussed the issue, on which we also published a white paper.  What added a new dimension to the event were the experts from the…

  • Estonian EU Council Presidency

    Estonia will take over the role of Presidency of the Council of the EU from Malta on 1 July 2017, their first since joining the EU alongside their Baltic neighbours in 2004. Their presidency’s slogan – “Unity through Balance” – shows Estonia intends to fully embrace its role to find agreement among very diverse national…

  • A GLOBAL RACE FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

    The automotive revenue pool will grow and diversify with new services, potentially becoming a $1.5 trillion market in 2030 according to McKinsey & Company. However, the discussion on new technologies such as autonomous vehicles suffers from highly fragmented regulatory approaches in key markets – the US, EU and Asia – leaving the international industry frustrated…

  • The DSM @2: where now for tech in the EU?

      Spring 2017 marks two years since the launch of the Digital Single Market strategy – one of the flagship policy areas identified by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to bring much-needed jobs, economic growth, innovation and digital infrastructure to the EU. To mark the occasion, the Commission has published its DSM Mid Term Review…

  • 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…

  • 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?…

  • 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…

  • The e-commerce sector inquiry at a glance

    Earlier this month, the European Commission published the preliminary findings of its e-commerce sector inquiry launched in May 2015 as part of its Digital Single Market strategy. The objective of the sector inquiry was to obtain an understanding of the market and to gather evidence on potential barriers to competition linked to the growth of…

  • Rules of Engagement – European Commission publishes its long awaited telecom reform package

    A previous UK Prime Minister once remarked that a week was a long time in politics. By this reckoning, this summer has been an absolute lifetime. But while the geo-political machinations of the ongoing Brexit debate have dominated the headlines, Brussels day to day business has continued. Yesterday saw the publication of the Commission’s long-awaited telecom review. It…

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