Technology

  • Snow boots and business cards – Dos for planning a trip to the World Economic Forum

    Whether you have been before, are making a first time trip or are simply considering getting involved, the World Economic Forum in Davos isn’t quite like any other event of its kind. Back in January the FTI Brussels team organised a major client event on-site and with a packed room at the Belvedere hotel –…

  • Will there be fireworks for privacy on Fourth of July?

    Yesterday the Article 31 Committee met to discuss the recently agreed privacy shield text, one of the last steps before the deal enters into force. Yesterday was also the day – as Commissioner Věra Jourová had expressed her wish for – the Article 31 Committee were supposed to agree by strong consent on the text…

  • 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…

  • Data centers – emerging players in European energy landscape

    Data centers, facilities that store and process data, are the emerging players of European energy landscape and come at the crossroads of the European Commission’s upcoming Energy Efficiency Package and the Free Flow of Data initiative expected by late 2016. The vast increase in the generation of data and its central role in the digital…

  • 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…

  • EU trends in agriculture 2016

    Agriculture today must both mitigate and adapt to global challenges like water shortages, climate change and food insecurity. Industry and policymakers alike are coming up with potential solutions covering a wide breadth, from innovative breakthroughs resulting from digital technologies and industry consolidation, to new laws aimed at protecting farmers and consumers alike. The UN Sustainable…

  • Drones – Captured by EU rules

    On 7 December, the European Commission presented its Communication on a new Aviation Strategy for Europe designed to promote a competitive EU aviation sector. This non-legislative document highlights that integration of new business models and emerging technologies is crucial for the future development of the sector. In the Communication, the Commission pledged to take the…

  • 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…

  • Enabling Connected Cars: Securing the right regulatory environment

    Close cooperation between regulators and the private sector is key to the development of the connected-car market in Europe. This was the main outcome of a roundtable on connected cars organised by FTI Consulting and Linklaters LLP on 16 October 2015. The event brought together representatives of the European institutions and the private sector to…

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