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Committee Bulletin: Public Affairs 2Q17

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

In June 2017, ERA Europe joined EMOTA, the European eCommerce and Omni-Channel Association, see press release here. After employing Teresa Hackner for Public Affairs having set the agenda with the ERA Europe white paper, joining EMOTA is the last step to achieve the goal of having a perfect source of information in Brussels as well as being able to use the vast political network of EMOTA in Brussels.

The most important issues are:

  • Brexit
  • AVMS
  • e-privacy
  • Regulatory Technical Standard for Strong Customer Authentification
  • Cross Border Parcel Delivery
  • Consumer Protection Cooperation
  • GeoBlocking

Customs Union: EU customs seized over 41 million fake goods at EU borders last year

Brussels, 20 July 2017

New figures released by the European Commission today show that customs authorities detained more than 41 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU's external border in 2016. The goods had a total value of over €670 million.

EBA publishes its Opinion in response to the European Commission intention to amend the EBA Technical Standards for open and secure electronic payments under the PSD2

29 June 2017

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published today an Opinion responding to the European Commission's (EC) intention to amend the EBA's draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication and common and secure communication. In its Opinion, while agreeing with the aims sought in the EC's amendments, the EBA voices its disagreement with three of the four concrete amendments the Commission proposes on the basis that it would negatively impact the fine trade-off and balances previously found in the RTS.

Public consultation on the targeted revision of EU consumer law directives

Further to the recently concluded Fitness Check of consumer and marketing law and evaluation of the Consumer Rights Directive, the Commission is seeking stakeholders' views on possible targeted legislative changes in some key EU consumer law directives. The evidence gathered during these assessments points to the following areas where legislative changes may be necessary to further fine-tune the cross-cutting consumer law body:

New EU e-Privacy Regulation: European Parliament Committee Publishes Draft Report

June 23, 2017

The EU Parliament Committee in charge of reviewing the EU Commission's Proposal for an e-Privacy Regulation (Proposal) released a Draft Report proposing amendments this week.

The e-Privacy Regulation will regulate new electronic communication services such as instant messaging, VOIP services, web-based email, and IoT devices, and will impose significant additional obligations on Internet services and related technologies, including cookies and similar technologies. It supplements the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) adopted last year, which becomes effective May 25, 2018, and warrants a similar level of attention. Radical proposals in the EC’s consultation on audiovisual media services

Radical proposals in the EC's consultation on audiovisual media services.

Not everyone at the European Commission is consumed by the Greek crisis. Some are even making radical policies to promote the Single Market in the media sector. LSE’s  Sally Broughton Micova explains some of proposals in the recently launched consultation on audiovisual media services arguing that civil society should contribute ideas on how to promote independence of media regulators.

On Monday 6 July the European Commission launched a public consultation as part of the “Regulatory fitness” test of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). This is a big moment: concrete policy options for an overhaul of European media regulation are on the table for the first time since 2007.