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  • The global policy response to AI

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) will revolutionize and disrupt practically every industry. It will impact products and services but also the everyday lives of citizens worldwide, bringing about both socio-economic opportunities and challenges which need to be addressed early on. Governments and industries around the world are already engaged in a fierce AI arms-race in an early attempt…

  • Are Member States up for their fiscal revolution?

    “At the heart of every major political upheaval lies a fiscal revolution,” said Thomas Piketty in his groundbreaking Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Indeed, the Ancien Régime was eradicated in France by abolishing fiscal privileges of the social elites and led to the establishment of a much-needed modern system of taxation. Today, the rules for…

  • E-commerce sector inquiry: a new round of questionnaires has been distributed

    Even though Brussels feels abandoned, certain areas resembling a movie set from a post-apocalypse movie, the E-commerce sector inquiry is ongoing. Chasing down all competition concerns in the e-commerce sector, the Commission has sent out a new round of questionnaires focusing on online marketplaces that act as hubs for independent traders (e.g Amazon.com or eBay).…

  • E-commerce sector inquiry finally launched

    On the same day as the Digital Single Market package was announced, the EU competition watchdog, Commissioner Vestager, launched the long awaited e-commerce sector inquiry that companies from all sectors and industries were waiting for with bated breath. FTI Consulting Brussels’ competition team already published a snapshot exploring the background of the Commission’s e-commerce sector…

  • E-COMMERCE SECTOR INQUIRY

    The Competition Commissioner has a Danish TV subscription and she said on 9 April: “When I am abroad I get a message saying ‘Sorry the content can only be watched from within Denmark.’ ” This is one example of her concern about geoblocking and why she is interested in breaking down barriers to e-commerce.  In…

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