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Posted on 16-02-2018

Recommendations on the economic policy of the euro area under the European Semester

16-02-2018

This briefing provides an overview of the Council recommendations addressed to the euro area as a whole under the European Semester, and presents information on the related Eurogroup’s policy actions. The briefing is regularly updated.

This briefing provides an overview of the Council recommendations addressed to the euro area as a whole under the European Semester, and presents information on the related Eurogroup’s policy actions. The briefing is regularly updated.

Digital Services in the Area of Accommodation and Transportation: Economic and Legal Aspects

15-12-2017

This paper examines the development of digital business models in the provision of flights and short-term accommodation services. It discusses the growing importance of digital intermediaries and their associated business model features, some of which provide significant value, and others which could be considered deleterious and in need of regulatory scrutiny. The paper concludes with some suggestions for regulation based on technology, algorithms and big data analytics. This could enable a more ...

This paper examines the development of digital business models in the provision of flights and short-term accommodation services. It discusses the growing importance of digital intermediaries and their associated business model features, some of which provide significant value, and others which could be considered deleterious and in need of regulatory scrutiny. The paper concludes with some suggestions for regulation based on technology, algorithms and big data analytics. This could enable a more soft-touch, automatic, dynamic and individualised approach to regulation. This research paper has been commissioned by Policy Department at the request of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee.

External author

Prof. Dr. Stuart John BARNE

Posted on 07-02-2018

Research for CULT Committee - Child Safety Online: Definition of the Problem

07-02-2018

This briefing paper addresses the definition and scope of children’s online safety as a policy issue and process. The paper draws on evidence of risks that children may encounter in the course of their use of the Internet. This is one of three briefing papers requested by the CULT Committee to assist in its assessment of the requirements to ensure adequate support for protection of minors and children’s wellbeing in the digital age.

This briefing paper addresses the definition and scope of children’s online safety as a policy issue and process. The paper draws on evidence of risks that children may encounter in the course of their use of the Internet. This is one of three briefing papers requested by the CULT Committee to assist in its assessment of the requirements to ensure adequate support for protection of minors and children’s wellbeing in the digital age.

External author

Brian O’Neill

Research for CULT Committee - Recommendations for EU policy developments on the protection of minors in the digital age

07-02-2018

This briefing paper provides information, analysis and recommendations regarding future EU policy developments on the protection of minors in the digital age to support the CULT Committee’s deliberations. Focusing on developments since 2012, it identifies recent policy developments at EU level, evaluates existing EU initiatives and instruments, and recommends further action by the European Commission and other stakeholders.

This briefing paper provides information, analysis and recommendations regarding future EU policy developments on the protection of minors in the digital age to support the CULT Committee’s deliberations. Focusing on developments since 2012, it identifies recent policy developments at EU level, evaluates existing EU initiatives and instruments, and recommends further action by the European Commission and other stakeholders.

External author

London School of Economics and Political Science: Sonia Livingstone, Damian Tambini and Nikola Belakova

Research for CULT Committee - Solutions and policy dilemmas regarding minors' protection online

07-02-2018

This briefing paper addresses the various regulatory instruments that may be adopted to realise the full range of child rights in the digital environment, and identifies a number of policy dilemmas that arise in this context.

This briefing paper addresses the various regulatory instruments that may be adopted to realise the full range of child rights in the digital environment, and identifies a number of policy dilemmas that arise in this context.

External author

Ghent University: Eva Lievens

Posted on 01-02-2018

Liability of Online Service Providers for Copyrighted Content – Regulatory Action Needed?

21-12-2017

This paper looks at liability of online providers for copyright infringements. The liability privileges in Articles 12 to 15 E-Commerce Directive can remain unchanged; they seem to be sufficiently flexible to adopt to new business models, which also make them in general future proof. These privileges do not, however, establish liability. With regard to injunction claims, Article 8(3) Copyright Directive provides for a satisfactory solution. EU rules establishing liability beyond injunction (e.g ...

This paper looks at liability of online providers for copyright infringements. The liability privileges in Articles 12 to 15 E-Commerce Directive can remain unchanged; they seem to be sufficiently flexible to adopt to new business models, which also make them in general future proof. These privileges do not, however, establish liability. With regard to injunction claims, Article 8(3) Copyright Directive provides for a satisfactory solution. EU rules establishing liability beyond injunction (e.g. damages) should be harmonised following the requirements (1) sufficient intervention by the internet provider and (2) breach of an adequate duty of care by the internet provider.

External author

Prof. Dr Jan Nordemann

Posted on 26-01-2018

The Juncker Commission's ten priorities: State of play in early 2018

26-01-2018

This publication provides an up-to-date overview and analysis of the state of play in the delivery by the European Commission of the various legislative and other political initiatives flowing from the ten priorities asserted by its President, Jean-Claude Juncker, at the time of his election by the European Parliament in July 2014. This in-depth analysis draws on a wide range of EPRS publications, and it updates a previous edition, The Europe Commission at mid-term – State of play of President Juncker's ...

This publication provides an up-to-date overview and analysis of the state of play in the delivery by the European Commission of the various legislative and other political initiatives flowing from the ten priorities asserted by its President, Jean-Claude Juncker, at the time of his election by the European Parliament in July 2014. This in-depth analysis draws on a wide range of EPRS publications, and it updates a previous edition, The Europe Commission at mid-term – State of play of President Juncker's ten priorities, published in July 2017. It has been compiled and edited by Isabelle Gaudeul-Ehrhart, with contributions and support from across the Members' Research Service and the Directorate for Impact Assessment and European Added Value of EPRS, in particular from the following policy analysts: Piotr Bakowski, Angelos Delivorias, Gregor Erbach, Roderick Harte, Elena Lazarou, Tambiama Madiega, Nora Milotay, Shara Monteleone, Anita Orav, Christian Scheinert, Andrej Stuchlik, Marcin Szczepanski, Laura Tilindyte and Sofija Voronova. The graphics have been prepared by Giulio Sabbati, and are derived from the on line 'Legislative Train Schedule' application, launched by Parliament to track progress on the Commission's legislative proposals.

Posted on 24-01-2018

Thematic overview: Member States whose 2018 Draft Budgetary Plans are "at risk of non-compliance" with the Stability and Growth Pact

24-01-2018

This briefing gives an overview of recent European Commission (COM) assessments of the budgetary situation of six Member States (Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Slovenia) whose 2018 Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) are considered to be “at risk of non-compliance” with their obligations under the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). This briefing will be updated as further assessments by the COM become available during spring 2018.

This briefing gives an overview of recent European Commission (COM) assessments of the budgetary situation of six Member States (Belgium, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal and Slovenia) whose 2018 Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) are considered to be “at risk of non-compliance” with their obligations under the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). This briefing will be updated as further assessments by the COM become available during spring 2018.

Posted on 23-01-2018

Economic Dialogue and Exchange of Views with the Presidents of the Council (ECOFIN)

23-01-2018

Toomas Tõniste, Minister of Finance of Estonia, is participating in the ECON Committee in his capacity of the outgoing President of the ECOFIN Council following the Estonia’s Presidency (July - December 2017). Vladislav Goranov, Minister of Finance of Bulgaria, is participating in the ECON Committee in his capacity of the incoming President of the ECOFIN Council during the Bulgaria’s Presidency (January - July 2018). This briefing provides an overview of the main achievements of the Estonian Presidency ...

Toomas Tõniste, Minister of Finance of Estonia, is participating in the ECON Committee in his capacity of the outgoing President of the ECOFIN Council following the Estonia’s Presidency (July - December 2017). Vladislav Goranov, Minister of Finance of Bulgaria, is participating in the ECON Committee in his capacity of the incoming President of the ECOFIN Council during the Bulgaria’s Presidency (January - July 2018). This briefing provides an overview of the main achievements of the Estonian Presidency, the Bulgaria Presidency priorities in the economic and financial areas, the recent developments under the European Semester, the implementation of the SGP, the MIP as well as the Banking Union. Finally, it presents the latest developments under the third financial assistance programme to Greece. According to the Treaty of the Union “Member States shall regard their economic policies as a matter of common concern and shall coordinate them within the Council”.

Posted on 16-01-2018

Europe's online encyclopaedias: Equal access to knowledge of general interest?

16-01-2018

The post-fact era – in which emotions trump evidence, while trust in institutions, expertise and mainstream media is declining – is putting our information ecosystem under strain. At a time when information is increasingly being manipulated for ideological and economic purposes, public access to source of trustworthy general-interest knowledge – such as national online encyclopaedias – can help boost our cognitive resilience. Basic, reliable background information about history, culture, society ...

The post-fact era – in which emotions trump evidence, while trust in institutions, expertise and mainstream media is declining – is putting our information ecosystem under strain. At a time when information is increasingly being manipulated for ideological and economic purposes, public access to source of trustworthy general-interest knowledge – such as national online encyclopaedias – can help boost our cognitive resilience. Basic, reliable background information about history, culture, society and politics is an essential part of our societies' complex knowledge ecosystem, and an important tool for any citizen searching for knowledge, facts and figures.

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