COUNCIL OF THE EU
The President of the European Parliament and its political leaders have modified the Parliament’s calendar of activities for the next weeks due to force majeure. The updated EP’s calendar introduced additional dates for remote meetings for EP governing bodies, committees and political groups.
EP CULT - Amendments to draft Opinion on 'Digital Services Act: Improving the functioning of the Single Market'
Please follow this link to access amendments (1-84) to the EP CULT's draft Opinion, by MEP Petra Kammerevert (S&D, DE), on 'Digital Services Act: Improving the functioning of the Single Market'.
Further information on the file is available here.
Draft Council conclusions on ‘Shaping Europe's Digital Future’ leaked
The draft Council Conclusions on ‘Shaping Europe’s Digital Future’ for possible adoption by the TTE Council of 5 June were leaked into Brussels media. The document touches on AI, data, cybersecurity, digital skills or the Digital Services Act. It invites Member States and the Commission to analyse the experiences gained from the COVID-19 pandemic to draw conclusions that will inform the implementation of current and future policies in the digital domain.
On data, the draft conclusions stress the value of use and re-use of privately held data in the economy and the importance of using data for the common good. For the Digital Services Act, the Council emphasises the need for clear and harmonized rules, responsibilities and accountability for digital services, and action against illegal activities and content online.
The document also stresses the importance of adapting taxation systems and of upskilling Europe’s workforce for the digital age.
Commission launches consultation on report on the application of the GDPR
The Commission is under a legal obligation to present its report by 25 May 2020 under Article 97 of the GDPR. Its objective is to identify possible issues in the application of this law. It should in particular cover the issue of the international transfer of personal data to third, with a special focus on existing adequacy decisions, and the cooperation and consistency mechanism between national data protection authorities.
IMCO Committee holds exchange of views with Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice
On 14 April, EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders held an exchange of views with the EP Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) on the EU’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In late March, IMCO had addressed a letter to the Commission, calling on the EU’s executive arm to ensure both the free movement of goods and an adequate level of consumer protection during the current crisis. The debate touched upon issues such as tackling coronavirus-related scams on consumers, the problems faced by travellers who have bought tickets or made bookings, as well as the use of telecom data in the fight against the pandemic. A full overview is available here.
BEREC holds Webinar on its Strategy 2021-2025 and Work Programme 2021
On 1 April, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) held a webinar where stakeholders engaged with the BEREC Chair, Dan Sjoeblom and the incoming Chair, Michel Van Bellinghen on the draft BEREC Strategy for 2021-2025 and the outline for the BEREC Work Programme for 2021.
Regarding the Draft Strategy 2021-2025, Van Bellinghen highlighted that the draft Strategy proposes to extend the 3-year period to 5 years for the period 2019-2024 to ensure a better alignment with the legislative cycle of the Commission, as well as its objectives and new priorities set out by President von der Leyen for the 2019-2024 period.
There is an open public consultation on the BEREC Strategy 2021-2025. The extended deadline to respond is 30 April.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
5 May: Is a global consensus on non-personal data governance possible?, PubAffairs Bruxelles
13 May: 3rd workshop on ‘The big data and B2B platforms study’, The European Commission and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)