Digital Single Market

  • 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…

  • Telecoms Review – Back to the Future

    In our snapshot of July 2015, we recommended that industry players and investors, no matter where they were based, should be ready and prepared to engage with EU policymakers for the forthcoming telecoms reform package. Future proposals could have far reaching consequences for industry, consumers and internet companies operating in the internal market. Nine months…

  • 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…

  • The (un)certain future of transatlantic data flows

    The EU-US economic relationship is the largest bilateral trade relationship in the world, with trade flows valued at over $1 trillion per year. Personal data transfers constitute an essential element of the transatlantic relationship. The legal invalidation of the so-called Safe Harbour arrangement, which provided a framework for transatlantic data transfers, caused major turmoil in…

  • Get Digital With… Pauline Gounaud. An interview about our digital future.

    In the next couple of months we will be following-up with a series of unexpected interviews with policy makers, government officials, industry representatives, interest groups, entrepreneurs and lobbyists who are somehow involved in forging the rules of our digital lives. But for once we don’t want to discuss policy. Let’s discuss a couple of ideas…

  • 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.

  • Shifting the Sharing Economy into the Mainstream

    Consumer-led innovation has brought about a sharing economy revolution, which is set to see a £9bn economy grow to £230bn in just ten years. In this snapshot FTI Consulting considers how peer-to-peer business must work with government, consumers and the private sector to secure market success in the long term. John Gusman is Consultant at…

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