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Committee Bulletin: Public Affairs 1Q17

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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

Europe's future is digital: EU countries to commit in Rome to go deeper and further on digital

Brussels, 22 March 2017

As part of the celebrations of the 60 years of the Treaties of Rome, the Commission will bring Ministers together tomorrow to progress on high-performance computing, connected mobility and industry digitisation. Initiatives to support digital skills will also be discussed.

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-687_en.htm

Statement by Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip on the European Parliament's vote on wholesale roaming prices

Brussels, 6 April 2017

"As of 15 June 2017 people will be able to switch on mobile services, especially data, without fear of high bills while travelling in the EU. I welcome today's positive vote of the European Parliament"

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-17-887_en.htm

FinTech – A digital single market for the European financial sector?

FinTech remains the megatrend of the European financial services industry. According to a KPMG survey, about US$36.6bn has been invested in European FinTech companies between 2010 and 2016. Key players from venture capitalists to regulators have put FinTech at the top of their agenda.

http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/fintech-a-digital-single-market-for-the-56445/

Commission starts public Consultation on the Review of the Significant Market Power (SMP) Guidelines

The European Commission has opened A public consultation was opened by the commissions to review the SMP Guidelines of 2002 in view to update them in time for the implementation of the new European Electronic Communications Code. The scope of the SMP Guidelines is to set out principles for use by the national telecoms regulators under the European Regulatory Framework for electronic communications in relation to market-based analysis and assessment of SMP. The review might have an impact regarding the access of our members to distribution platforms

https://ec.europa.eu/info/content/public-consultation-review-significant-market-power-smp-guidelines_en

European Parliament resolution on the adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-US Privacy Shield (2016/3018(RSP)

A motion for a resolution on the adequacy of the protection afforded by the EU-US Privacy Shield was voted by the European Parliament. A framework that imposes obligations on US companies to protect Europeans’ personal data. In the resolution Members of the EP call on the European Commission to conduct an assessment to ensure that the deal provides enough personal data protection for European citizens, in line with the new EU rules. The first review of the framework is expected in September.

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=B8-2017-0235&format=XML&language=EN

European Consumer Day 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017,

The 19th edition of the European Consumer Day Conference organised by the European Economic and Social Committe (EESC) was held in Malta earlier last week. This event, usually held in the country holding the EU presidency, provides a forum where representatives of government, EU institutions and civil society organisations can exchange views on various issues related to consumer affairs.

This year’s event focused on the Digital Single Market and how it benefits consumers. Today’s advanced technologies are bringing unprecedented changes in production processes, consumption and access to services. Hence, the need for Europe to have a fully functional Digital Single Market to ensure that European citizens benefit from the advantages of the digital era safely and on an equal footing.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170326/consumer-affairs/European-Consumer-Day-2017.643541