Internal Market Committee Visits Silicon Valley

Andreas Schwab

Last week a delegation from the Internal Market Committee visited leading tech companies including Google, Meta, Apple, Airbnb, eBay, Paypal and Uber in the Silicon Valley. From 23 to 27 May, an Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee delegation travelled to the Silicon Valley to meet with tech companies, local authorities and academia. MEPs had…

Vodafone Digital Enabler Showcase

digital enabler showcase

Vodafone this week hosted its Digital Enabler Showcase event at the Concert Noble in Brussels.Leaders and policymakers from EU institutions, ambassadors, permanent representatives, academics, and media attended the event, which spotlighted the opportunity of digitalisation. Real-life examples of how the latest 5G digital technologies are being used to transform and accelerate the EU’s Digital and Green transition,…

Destination Earth

Destination Earth

The Commission has launched together with partnering organisations the Destination Earth initiative to help tackling climate change.  Supported with an initial €150 million from the Digital Europe Programme until mid-2024, the goal is to develop a highly accurate digital model of the Earth.  It will help monitor, model and predict natural and human activity, and…

Sharp Increase in Cyberattacks in EU

Cyber attacks

The number of cyberattacks on EU bodies is increasing sharply. The level of cybersecurity preparedness within EU bodies varies and is overall not commensurate with the growing threats. Since EU bodies are strongly interconnected, a weakness in one can expose others to security threats.  This is the conclusion of a special report by the European…

Digital Decade 2030

Safer Transport for Europe

The proportion of businesses using cloud technology must significantly increase in order to meet the European Commission’s Digital Decade 2030 goal, according to a new report out on Wednesday.  The EU’s Digital Decade, which sets key targets on different digital areas until 2030, is the EU’s vision for Europe’s digital transformation and a critical element…

Council and Parliament Agree on Digital Markets Act

Digital Markets Act

The European Parliament and the French Council Presidency have reached an agreement on the Digital Markets Act (DMA).  “The agreement is the beginning of a new era for tech regulation worldwide. The Digital Markets Act puts an end to the ever-increasing dominance of big tech companies”, said Andreas Schwab MEP. Schwab leads the negotiation team…

Right to Repair for Consumers

The “right to repair” must encompass designing products that last longer and can be fixed, as well as labelling to better inform consumers and extending guarantee rights. In a resolution approved on Wednesday with 41 votes in favour, none against and 4 abstentions, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee stresses that an effective right…

EU Agency for Cybersecurity ENISA

ENISA

The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), today inaugurated its new premises with representatives from the cyber agencies of all EU Member States, immediately making use of the new facilities to launch a strategic discussion around the Agency’s current work in its Management Board. Minister of Digital Governance of the Hellenic Republic, Kyriakos Pierrakakis  stated: “I am…

Digital Connectivity Vital for Economy and Society

Telecoms infrastructure

CEOs from leading companies have called for large content platforms to contribute to the cost of the European digital infrastructure that carries their services. The plea comes in an open letter from José María Álvarez-Pallete (Chairman and CEO, Telefónica), Tim Höttges (CEO, Deutsche Telekom), Nick Read (CEO, Vodafone), Stéphane Richard (Chairman and CEO, Orange) The letter reads,…