The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 - at which time those organisations in non-compliance may face heavy fines.  The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU … Continue reading The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to replace the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC

Artificial intelligence: Commission kicks off work on marrying cutting-edge technology and ethical standards

The Commission is setting up a group on artificial intelligence to gather expert input and rally a broad alliance of diverse stakeholders. From better healthcare to safer transport and more sustainable farming, artificial intelligence (AI) can bring major benefits to our society and economy. And yet, questions related to the impact of AI on the … Continue reading Artificial intelligence: Commission kicks off work on marrying cutting-edge technology and ethical standards

European Defence Fund delivers new pan-European research projects

The European Defence Fund continues to deliver with another set of EU-funded defence research projects. The Fund, launched by President Juncker in June 2017, is a catalyst for the creation of a strong EU defence industry. It boosts defence capabilities and builds new partnerships across borders. Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs said: "The … Continue reading European Defence Fund delivers new pan-European research projects

EU’s cities and regions share European Commission concerns over Polish government’s changes to laws on the judiciary

The European Committee of the Region has voiced its support for a decision by the European Commission to invoke Article 7 of the EU treaty against Poland, as there is "a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law”. In a resolution adopted on 1 February, the EU's assembly of local and … Continue reading EU’s cities and regions share European Commission concerns over Polish government’s changes to laws on the judiciary

The Court of Justice upholds the fines imposed by the Commission on companies for their participation in cartels in the international air freight

By decision of 28 March 2012, the Commission imposed fines amounting in total to €169 million on a number of companies by reason of their participation, in periods between 2002 and 2007, in various agreements and concerted practices on the market for international air freight forwarding services. Those services included the organisation of transportation of … Continue reading The Court of Justice upholds the fines imposed by the Commission on companies for their participation in cartels in the international air freight

Antitrust: Commission fines Qualcomm €997 million for abuse of dominant market position

The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets. Qualcomm prevented rivals from competing in the market by making significant payments to a key customer on condition it would not buy from rivals. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission fines Qualcomm €997 million for abuse of dominant market position