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The datafication of everyday life and data scandals have made the protection of personal information an increasingly important social, legal and political matter for the EU. In recent years, awareness of data rights and enforcement expectations have both grown considerably. The right to privacy and the right to protection of personal data are both enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and in the EU Treaties. The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 gave the Charter the ...

The Digital Markets Act (DMA) entered into force on 1 November 2022. The DMA rules apply to large companies – designated as gatekeepers – that provide core platform services such as marketplaces, app stores, online search engines or cloud computing services in the EU. Most of the act's provisions will apply as of 2 May 2023, when the gatekeeper designation procedure will start. That designation follows notification by the respective platforms to the Commission. Operators designated as gatekeepers ...

The Digital Services Act (DSA) entered into force on 16 November 2022. The DSA rules apply to categories of online intermediary services according to their role, size and impact on the online ecosystem. Online intermediary services such as online marketplaces, app stores, collaborative economy platforms, search engines and social media platforms will have to comply with a range of obligations to ensure transparency, accountability and responsibility for their actions. Operators designated as very ...

Digital Markets Act

Briefing 23-11-2022

EU lawmakers signed a regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector, otherwise referred to as the Digital Markets Act (DMA), in September 2022. The DMA was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 12 October 2022 and entered into force on 1 November 2022. The new legislation lays down harmonised rules aimed at regulating the behaviour of digital platforms acting as gatekeepers between business users and their customers in the European Union (EU). This approach ...

This European added value assessment seeks to support a European Parliament legislative own-initiative report on digitalisation and administrative law (2021/2161(INL)), asking the European Commission to present a legislative proposal on an EU law on administrative procedure. The study investigates the current state of play with regard to digitalisation and the use of digital tools in EU public administration. The analysis identifies five regulatory gaps and their impact on citizens and businesses ...

In its digital decade strategy, the European Commission has put forward its vision for new strategic digital objectives for 2030. These should prepare Europe for the roll-out of the next generation of broadband infrastructure with gigabit speeds, including 5G, and for the digital transformation of the public and private sectors, while also reducing the digital divide. To measure progress towards the digital decade, the Commission is proposing a 'digital compass', with indicators based on four dimensions ...

In April 2021, the European Commission proposed a directive on corporate sustainability reporting. The directive would establish new rules on sustainability reporting in the European Union, based on amending and enlarging the scope of reporting and increasing standardisation under the current Non-financial Reporting Directive. A provisional political agreement reached between the Parliament and Council is scheduled for a vote at first reading during the November I plenary session.

Cyber-attacks and cybercrime continue to rise worldwide. The EU is planning to increase its cyber-resilience by updating the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive. The expansion of the scope to be covered by the proposed NIS2 directive, obliging more entities and sectors to take consistent measures, would help increase the level of cybersecurity in Europe in the longer term. The European Parliament is due to vote in plenary in November on the agreement reached in interinstitutional negotiations ...

Making finance sound for young people

At a Glance 20-10-2022

Young people need to be financially literate to access a wide range of financial services and manage their personal finances well. Financial inclusion – access to products delivered in a responsible way – is the way young people practise and develop their financial skills. Consumer protection in financial services should however reduce young people's exposure to risk. The EU is working in these areas, and national and local initiatives are multiplying, often in collaboration with the financial sector ...

This note provides a brief overview of Parliament involvement in scrutinising the Recovery and Resilience Facility (and the European Union Recovery Instrument). It is based on Regulation 2021/241 of 21 February, setting out the Recovery and Resilience Facility, and the relevant parts of the new Interinstitutional Agreement on budgetary matters established between the Parliament, the Council and the Commission. It does not cover nor discusses in detail other instruments or frameworks for scrutiny, ...