EU Policy Update - May 2019
In a nutshell: the EU has elected a new European Parliament. The EU Council has approved the European Commission's mandate to start negotiations for a transatlantic deal on e-Evidence and adopted a framework concerning restrictive measures against cyber-attacks threatening the EU. The European Commission has made policy recommendations regarding the Strategic Agenda for the following 5 years. ePrivacy negotiations revealed possible EU plans for data retention legislation.
EU Policy Update - April 2019
In a nutshell: The European Parliament concluded the last plenary session of its 8th term on 18th April. The Parliament will resume in its new composition after the European elections (23-26 May). Before concluding its term, the LIBE committee issued two Working Documents on e-Evidence and finalised its position on TERREG. EU ministers have signed off the Copyright Directive. The European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager's special advisers identified challenges for future policy-making for competition in digital economy. The European Data Protection Supervisor issued its opinion on the possible EU-US deal on e-Evidence. European Court of Justice Advocate General released its opinion on the nature of Airbnb service.
EU Policy Update - March 2019
In a nutshell: The European Parliament formally adopts the EU Cybersecurity Act and the Copyright Directive. The E-Evidence package receives further criticism in the series of Working Documents issued by LIBE. TERREG progresses speedily through the European Parliament’s committees. The European Data Protection Board gives guidance on the correlation of the GDPR and the e-Privacy Directive.
EU Policy Update - February 2019
In a nutshell: LIBE issued the 3rd Working Document identifying further issues with e-Evidence. ITRE approved its position on establishing an EU-wide Cybersecurity Competence Centre. The Romanian Presidency keeps pushing the ePrivacy file through the hurdles in the EU Council. CULT and LIBE propose more than 1000 amendments on the proposal for preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online. New rules for copyright in the EU got approved by the EU Council and JURI.
EU Policy Update - January 2019
In a nutshell: LIBE issued a Draft Report on the proposal for preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online; and asks the European Commission to put more work into its e-Evidence proposal. The Romanian Presidency has proposed a new compromise for the Copyright Directive to reconcile the differences between France and Germany on the exclusion of SMEs; and is attempting to move forward with the ePrivacy file. The trilogues have been concluded on the new rules for the re-use of public sector information.
EU Policy Update - Legislative status in 2019
In a nutshell: The end of 2018 was busy in Brussels. Legislators managed to agree on the new rules for.eu and to finalise trilogues on the Cybersecurity Act. The Romanian Presidency has picked up the baton from its Austrian counterparts in the EU Council and will continue discussions on e-Evidence, together with the Copyright Directive and the Terrorist Content Regulation in 2019. 30 initiatives under the "Digital Single Market" proposal by the Juncker-led European Commission were intended to be completed by the end of 2018, with 7 open files still awaiting final agreement in the course of 2019 before the new European Parliament is elected in May. The Romanian Presidency expects to reach an agreement on the Copyright Directive and ePrivacy.
EU Policy Update – November 2018
In a nutshell: The Regulation on .eu has entered interinstitutional negotiations after the European Parliament adopted its position. The EU-wide cybersecurity scheme is being debated in trilogues on the EU Cybersecurity Act. The e-Evidence proposal receives more criticism from a plethora of stakeholders, including judiciary and national data protection authorities. The Austrian Presidency issued its general approach on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online in the Council of the EU.
EU Policy Update - October 2018
In a nutshell: October was declared European Cybersecurity Month, with the trilogue discussions moving forward regarding the EU Cybersecurity Act. Discussions on ePrivacy seem to be hopelessly stuck with no end in sight at the level of the EU Council, while the Regulation on Free Flow of Non-Personal Data in the EU gets adopted by the European Parliament. The E-Evidence proposal, for its part, receives more criticism from the European Data Protection Board.
EU Policy Update - September 2018
In a nutshell: September was a busy month for EU policymakers, who were back in Brussels after the holidays. Cybersecurity remains a key focus point, while we are yet to see any significant progress on e-Privacy or e-Evidence in the Council of the EU, despite ongoing debates. Parliamentarians have discussed the .eu Regulation reform in ITRE. Europol has published its annual report on cybercrime trends, and the UK government is preparing its businesses and citizens for a no-deal Brexit scenario.
EU Policy Update - Summer 2018
In a nutshell: While summer months are typically calm on the policy front, the 2018 summer turned out to be a very interesting time for ccTLDs. The Parliament ITRE Committee’s report on the EU Cybersecurity Act got adopted by expanding its scope directly to the DNS. The Committee also came up with its draft position regarding the .eu regulation that is currently ongoing its revision. The content debate intensifies with copyright directive proposal moving to trilogue negotiations after the vote in the European Parliament, and the eagerly awaited proposal for tackling (read ‘blocking’) terrorist content online.