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At a Glance – Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada – 07-02-2017

CETA was signed by the European Union (EU) and Canada on 30 October 2016, after long discussions. Hence, a total of 38 statements and declarations as well as a Joint Interpretative Instrument accompany the Council decision on signing CETA. Parliament has launched the consent procedure, with the vote in plenary planned for the February II session. Source : © European Union, 2017 –...

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At a Glance – Civil law rules on robotics – 07-02-2017

The Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee has tabled a report with recommendations to the Commission on the civil-law and ethical aspects of robotics. The report calls for EU legislation introducing a register of robots, setting up an EU Agency for Robotics and laying down principles of civil liability for damages caused by robots. Such legislation should be complemented by ethical codes of conduct. Source : © European Union, 2017 –...

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At a Glance – Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration – 07-02-2017

On 27 January 2017, newly installed US President, Donald Trump, signed an executive order, which, amongst other things, suspended nearly all travellers from seven Muslim-majority states from entry to the United States. The executive order has led to protests in the country and has been challenged in court, while several international leaders have spoken out against it. Source : © European Union, 2017 –...

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At a Glance – An aviation strategy for Europe – 07-02-2017

Owing to the importance of aviation for the EU economy and to the many challenges with which the sector is confronted, in December 2015 the European Commission adopted a new aviation strategy for Europe. The purpose is to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of aviation, and to help it cope with traffic growth and increased competition, while maintaining high quality standards. The Parliament is due to debate on an own-initiative report on the aviation strategy during its February II plenary part-session. Source : © European Union, 2017 –...

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At a Glance – Towards a stronger EU emissions trading system – 07-02-2017

In July 2015, the European Commission proposed a reform of the EU emissions trading system (ETS) for the 2021-2030 period. The proposed directive introduces tighter limits on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to achieve the EU’s 2030 climate targets, while protecting energy-intensive industries from the risk of ‘carbon leakage’. The Parliament is expected to vote on it during the February II session. Source : © European Union, 2017 –...

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At a Glance – The European Cloud initiative – 07-02-2017

The economic prospects of cloud computing and the data-driven economy are very promising. However, fragmentation, differences in data policies, scarce incentives, interoperability problems and lack of high-capacity data infrastructure, among other challenges, are slowing down its development in Europe. A European Parliament own-initiative report reflecting on the European Commission’s European Cloud initiative is on the agenda of the February II plenary session. Source : © European Union, 2017 –...

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Study – Optimal Regulatory Model for Telecommunications Services in the EU – 15-02-2017

This report reviews the market trends for the development of digital networks and applications for 2020 and beyond and, on that basis, proposes a framework for an optimal regulation for telecommunications services in the European Union. Against that framework, the report then critically assesses the draft European Electronic Communications Code proposed by the Commission in September 2016. We submit that the Commission’s proposal goes in the right direction but in not ambitious enough to protect the EU consumers in the App economy and to stimulate the digital single market. We think that universal service should ensure an extensive availability...

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