Digital Single Market

  • 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…

  • The new EU copyright rules – how to reconcile innovation and culture online

    Yesterday, the European Commission finally tabled its much awaited proposals for copyright reform. New technologies, changing consumer behaviour and new players have entered the creative industry, but it rules have remained largely unchanged. This proposal has set out to make the copyright rules fit for the digital age and businesses are already gearing up for what…

  • Moving with the times: EU merger rules review process to start in the fall

    As mergers involving big data hit the headlines, the European Commission (EC) has decided to take action by initiating the process to review its merger review rules. A 12 week consultation is to be opened in September to seek views on whether the EC’s current EU merger rules need to be revised. This follows concerns…

  • Brexit’s impact on the TMT sector

    While Silicon Valley stands alone, it could be fairly argued that the UK generally – and London specifically – represented an EU version of its more renowned US counterpart.  The amount of tech firms – large and small – that had made the UK their home, thanks to access to skilled employees drawn to the…

  • DSM – Towards a brave digital future

    Right now, barely a week goes by without another Commission initiative coming out, promising to deliver untold benefits to business and consumers as we continue towards a brave digital future. This week was a case in point, seeing the adoption of the latest Commission DSM package, this time focussing on online consumer protection, geo-blocking and…

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