Digital Single Market

  • DSM and ecommerce – opening up cross-border competition

    On 24 September the European Commission launched a public consultation into geoblocking and other geographically-based restrictions to shopping and accessing information in the EU. Every ecommerce business now has until the end of December to make their case on what constitutes justified geoblocking. Consumers and consumer groups, who have generally been critical of geoblocking, have…

  • Understanding platforms, online intermediaries and the sharing economy

    Summer is over, but autumn is opening the way to long awaited public consultations and more action from the European Commission. Last May the European Commission adopted its strategy to complete the Digital Single Market strategy (DSM) with the aim of generating up to €250bn worth of additional growth in Europe. While the strategy clearly…

  • #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,…

  • 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…

  • Europe goes for telecom reform – dynamic overhaul or business as usual?

    The European Commission has published part of its plans to assess and reform Europe’s Telecoms Rules. In our latest snapshot Marcus Pepperell and Orestis Kalliantzidis from FTI Consulting’s Telco team provide an overview of the proposals, expected timetable and how and when stakeholders can potentially get involved.

  • The General Data Protection Regulation – a light at the end of the tunnel ?

      The overhaul of the EU’s data protection rules, a crucial foundation for a successful Digital Single Market, is finally regaining momentum on its way to final adoption. The General Data Protection Regulation will have wide-ranging implications for citizens and businesses alike. The challenge is to give the citizens control over their data without impeding…

  • Public Consultation on the Audiovisual Media Service Directive launched

    The European Commission has just launched its public consultation on the Audiovisual Media Service Directive as part of its Digital Single Market Strategy, which was announced on 6 May. The results of the consultation will feed into the REFIT exercise, where the Commission seeks to evaluate whether the directive is working as intended by its…

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