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  • Estonian EU Council Presidency

    Estonia will take over the role of Presidency of the Council of the EU from Malta on 1 July 2017, their first since joining the EU alongside their Baltic neighbours in 2004. Their presidency’s slogan – “Unity through Balance” – shows Estonia intends to fully embrace its role to find agreement among very diverse national…

  • A GLOBAL RACE FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

    The automotive revenue pool will grow and diversify with new services, potentially becoming a $1.5 trillion market in 2030 according to McKinsey & Company. However, the discussion on new technologies such as autonomous vehicles suffers from highly fragmented regulatory approaches in key markets – the US, EU and Asia – leaving the international industry frustrated…

  • 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…

  • The State of the EU’s Digital Single Market Project

    One year ago the European Commission came out with its plans for finalising the EU’s Digital Single Market by 2019 – and then went back to the drawing board to figure out the details. As the rhythm of concrete proposals is finally picking up, with a whole set of additional proposals due in a couple…

  • We need to talk about data …

    Commissioner Vestager is certainly consistent when she comments on applying competition law to the digital economy; indeed it feels a bit like a crusade.  Whether it is Google, the e-commerce sector inquiry and the review of telecom mergers via Amazon tax rulings, she has been reflecting on the role of DG Competition in the sector.…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

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