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

Taxation: Eight jurisdictions removed from EU list

Eight jurisdictions have been removed from the EU's list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns. Barbados, Grenada, the Republic of Korea, Macao SAR, Mongolia, Panama, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates are moved to a separate category of jurisdictions subject to close monitoring. On 23 January 2018, the … Continue reading Taxation: Eight jurisdictions removed from EU list

Countering illegal hate speech online

The third evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech carried out by NGOs and public bodies released today shows that IT companies removed on average 70% of illegal hate speech notified to them. What is the aim of this Code of Conduct? Each of the IT companies (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, … Continue reading Countering illegal hate speech online

Single Market: trading safe products across Europe

Question & Answers on the Commission proposals What is the Commission proposing and why? The free movement of goods is one of the building blocks of the EU Single Market. It means that companies can sell their products in any EU country without additional barriers. This creates new opportunities for businesses, but also gives consumers a wider … Continue reading Single Market: trading safe products across Europe

Money laundering and terrorist financing: Presidency and Parliament reach agreement

On 20 December 2017, EU ambassadors confirmed the political agreement reached between the presidency and the European Parliament on strengthened EU rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. The draft directive has two main objectives: preventing the use of the financial system for the funding of criminal activities; strengthening transparency rules to prevent the large-scale concealment of funds. The aim … Continue reading Money laundering and terrorist financing: Presidency and Parliament reach agreement

Questions and Answers on the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

Why has the EU produced a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions? The new list is part of the EU's work to clamp down on tax evasion and avoidance. It will help the EU to deal more robustly with external threats to Member States' tax bases and to tackle third countries that consistently refuse to play … Continue reading Questions and Answers on the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions