EU Policy Update – Outlook to 2022
In a nutshell: The upcoming months look busy on the legislative and policy front. France took over the presidency of the Council of the EU until the end of June with an ambitious digital agenda and the aim to finalise key legislative initiatives such as the DSA and NIS 2 before the national elections. The Council of the EU approved its General Approach on the CER Directive. The European Parliament adopted its position on the DSA and is ready to enter trilogue negotiations with the Council of the EU and the European Commission. The European Commission published its long-awaited call for proposals for the deployment of DNS4EU and is looking into proposing new legislative initiatives in the fields of cybersecurity, child protection and hate speech online. It is also expected to put forward an EU Toolbox against counterfeiting, and to publish its study on DNS abuse.
EU Policy Update – November 2021
In a nutshell: Negotiations on the DSA and NIS 2 reached a new milestone as the Council of the EU adopted its General Approach on both legislative initiatives. ENISA published its NIS Investments Report for 2021, highlighting the costs incurred by operators of essential services to comply with the NIS Directive. Europol published its Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment for 2021. The Slovenian Presidency issued a Progress Report on the EUID proposal. The EDPB published its guidelines on international data transfers and raised concerns regarding the Digital Services Package currently under negotiation in the EU. The Advocate-General of the Court of Justice of the European Union issued an opinion in a case on state-enabled data retention in the electronic communications sector. Home Affairs Ministers released a Joint Statement during a Ministerial conference on the prevention and investigation of child sexual abuse.
EU Policy Update – October 2021
In a nutshell: the European Commission published its Work Programme for 2022. Discussions continued within the co-legislators to reach a position on the DSA and a consensus on e-Evidence. October, as the official “European Cybersecurity month”, lived up to its status with many updates on cybersecurity. LIBE adopted its opinion on NIS 2 and its report on CER, while ITRE adopted its position on NIS 2. Member State leaders adopted their conclusions following the European Council meeting, highlighting cybersecurity as one of the key priorities for the EU. The European Data Protection Board adopted its Guidelines on restrictions of data subject rights under Article 23 of the GDPR. The Slovenian Presidency emphasised the fight against child sexual abuse as one of its key priorities.
EU Policy Update – September 2021
In a nutshell: Ursula von der Leyen delivered her speech on the State of the Union. Denmark and Germany’s ministers called for stricter rules in the Digital Services Act (DSA), while EEA EFTA states called for more balance with freedom of expression. JURI and ITRE adopted their opinions on the DSA. The Slovenian Presidency circulated its proposal for a compromise text on the DSA. Potential areas for consensus were debated in trilogues regarding the e-Evidence proposal. The Netherlands released a non-paper on the Data Act ahead of the EU proposal expected in December.
EU Policy Update – Summer 2021
In a nutshell: Slovenia took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The European Parliament adopted a temporary ePrivacy derogation to detect and remove child abuse. The NIS2 and CER Directives, as well as the DSA Regulation proposals advanced through the European Parliamentary discussions. The Council of the EU published its conclusions on intellectual property policy. The European Data Protection Board adopted guidelines on the concepts of controller and processor. ENISA published a report stating that supply chain cyberattacks are expected to quadruple in 2021.
EU Policy Update – May 2021
In a nutshell: The European Parliament is steadily advancing on developing its positions on the proposals for the Digital Services Act, the NIS 2 Directive, the CER Directive, and has adopted a resolution on the challenges of sports events organisers. The Portuguese presidency in the Council of the EU published a progress report on the Digital Services Act. ENISA published its first EU cybersecurity certification scheme. The Cybercrime Convention Committee within the Council of Europe approved the draft of the 2nd Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention concerning access to electronic evidence. The European Data Protection Board expressed concerns over the alignment of the draft text of the 2nd Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention with the EU data protection framework.
EU Policy Update - April 2021
In a nutshell: The European Commission unveiled its proposal on the Artificial Intelligence Act and the EU Strategy to tackle organised crime until 2025. ENISA published research directions for the EU digital strategic autonomy. The Council of Europe published a new draft text of the 2nd Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention. The negotiators in the European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached a provisional agreement on temporary rules to detect and remove child abuse material. The European Parliament adopted TERREG.
EU Policy Update – March 2021
In a nutshell: The European Commission unveiled its Digital Targets for 2030. Four EU countries called for European digital sovereignty in a letter to the European Commission. The European Data Protection Supervisor issued an opinion on the Europol Regulation proposal and the NIS 2 Directive proposal. The European Court of Justice delivered a judgment about the admissibility of evidence in cases of access to electronic communications traffic and location data. The Council of the EU adopted conclusions on the EU cybersecurity strategy. The European Parliament adopted its resolution on the implementation of the GDPR. EUIPO published a discussion paper on challenges and good practices to prevent the misuse of domain names for IP infringements.
EU Policy Update - February 2021
In a nutshell: Portugal is holding the presidency in the Council of the EU until the end of June 2021. Trilogue negotiations on the e-Evidence legislative package have started. The European Data Protection Board adopted the statement on the second additional protocol to the Budapest convention, outlining the problems with its domain name registration provisions. The Council of the EU adopted its position on ePrivacy. The Dutch government set out its position on the proposal of the EU Digital Services Act. The EU intends to criminalise hate speech and hate crime.