Innovation

  • 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…

  • Risk in EU legislation: The snake inside or outside the box

    Although risk and hazard are sometimes used interchangeably, they are fundamentally different: anything that can cause harm represents a hazard, whereas risk describes the chance of harm being done – in terms of both the likelihood of harm, and the extent of that harm. To understand this difference is crucial when regulating potentially harmful substances.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Brussels’ Women in Tech and Prosecco

    On Wednesday evening FTI Consulting hosted for the first time a pioneering group of women in technology. Gathered under the hot summer sun, the group was cooled by some refreshing prosecco. It was a great, informal, get-together: no speakers, no agenda, simply an enjoyable evening to (re)connect. Working the room, one of the key recurring…

  • Shaping the Capital Markets Union

    To date the market for bonds, stocks and derivatives remains highly fragmented along national borders. Barriers to a genuine European capital market range from the high administrative cost to access capital markets and national limitations to what assets pension funds can invest in, to the general lack of trust of retail investors in financial markets…

  • Europe’s energy future – destructive innovation and change

    Hosted by FTI Consulting Brussels’ Head of Energy Kerstin Duhme, FTI Consulting’s Ladies Who Lunch Network welcomed Susanne Nies, Head of the Distribution System Operators Unit at Eurelectric on Monday 26 January. With a wealth of experience in energy and power generation, Susanne shared a frank and refreshingly provocative view on Internal Energy Market, the…

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