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Committee Bulletin: Public Affairs 4Q16

The ERA Public Affairs Committee discusses current national and European public affairs issues and define ERA Europe's position on them.

From the Public Affairs committee.

Those who think that the EU General Data Protection Regulation is a lot to contend with are now facing the prospect of a new Regulation replacing the 2002 ePrivacy Directive.

Article from 19th DEC 2016

In this article it is reported that a recently leaked version of the draft Regulation indicates a potentially significant impact on any organisation, whether based in the EU or elsewhere, that uses metadata, tracking software or other tools to monitor online behavior. Sanctions for non-compliance could reach 4% of global annual revenues and the draft proposes private class action enforcement.

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A services economy that works for Europeans

Press Release from 10 January 2017

The Commission has presented an ambitious and balanced package of measures that will make it easier for companies and professionals to provide services to a potential customer base of 500 million people in the EU.

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State of the Union speech and debate on 14 September 2016

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union speech at the European Parliament on 14 September 2016, just two days ahead of the informal meeting of 27 Heads of State or Government in Bratislava.

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Germany wants to force Facebook to delete fake news

SPD and CDU coordinate plan to ‘get tough’ on social media giant.

Article by Jakob Hanke, 16th December 2016

Germany’s grand coalition is planning a law to tackle fake news and hate speech on Facebook and other social media platforms, according to a report by Spiegel.

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Digital Single Market needs real skills and substance to succeed

14. Dez. 2016

Article about Member states needing to teach digital skills from a young age in order to bridge the current skills gap. Jamie Greene proposes that the Commission should promote the benefits of action at national level without tying up member states with red tape.

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Work Programme 2017

The Commission Work Programme for the coming year focuses squarely on delivery of the 10 priorities outlined in the Political Guidelines to address the biggest challenges which Europe faces today.

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Microsoft wins EU approval for LinkedIn buyout

Article from 7th Dec. 2016 by with Reuters

Microsoft won EU antitrust approval on 6th December for its $26 billion (€24.2bn) bid for professional social network LinkedIn, its largest ever acquisition, after agreeing to a series of modest concessions.

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