Data Protection

Google antitrust case

High time for EU Commission to act

Commenting on the antitrust procedure launched by the European Commission today against Google, Green competition spokesperson Michel Reimon said: “There can be little doubt that Google abuses its dominant market position, so it was high time for the Commission to formally act on this. The drawn o...


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Ensuring utmost transparency

25.03.2015

Free Software and Open Standards under the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament

In this seminar we will present and discuss a study on the implications of Rule 115 with regards to ICT. Under that rule, the Parliament has imposed upon itself a commitment to conduct its activities with the utmost transparency. The study concludes that ensuring this "utmost transparency" is not only an essential procedural requirement but actually a fundamental democratic principle which brings precise duties.


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EU data protection rules

EU governments looking to undermine key privacy provisions

<xml> </xml> EU justice and home affairs ministers will discuss proposals to revise EU legislation on data protection at their Council meeting on Friday. A number of EU governments have tabled new provisions, including a proposal to allow businesses or national authorities to use consume...


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State aid/Amazon

Breakthrough in fight against tax dumping as EU Commission finds Amazon deal as illegal state aid

The European Commission today published a preliminary finding in its investigation into Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, finding that it likely constitutes illegal state aid. Commenting on the finding, Greens/EFA economic and finance spokesperson Sven Giegold said: "This finding stands to be ...


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Free Software and Open Standards in the European Parliament

Ensuring utmost transparency - Free Software and Open Standards under the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament

Do public bodies in Europe have an obligation to move from closed source and lock-in to vendor independence and free software? In general probably yes, but is it also true for the European Parliament? Definitely!


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Digital market/Google

MEPs fail to focus consumer rights and net neutrality

The European Parliament today adopted a resolution on the digital single market and the current legal proceedings against Google. Commenting on the vote, Green digital agenda expert Jan Philipp Albrecht stated: "The core principle guiding the debate on the Google anti-trust case and the digita...


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Respect my Privacy

Data protection in the EU

Privacy allows us to be who we are. It offers us the freedom to think and act without being afraid of repercussions. The privacy issue is complex and information is scattered. We aim to inform and empower all European citizens.


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Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Green MEP Heidi Hautala gives our assessment of Commissioner-designate Vera Jourová

What is your overall impression of how Commissioner-Designate Jourová performed? It certainly seems that she has been given a portfolio with such breadth and depth that tending to all relevant issues satisfactorily seems impossible. She did not explain how she would defend her portfolio within the...


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Digital agenda, copyright and privacy under Team Juncker

Greens/EFA MEPs Jan Philipp Albrecht and Julia Reda give their initial impression

So, overall, are you happy with the proposal from Jean Claude Juncker? The overall structure proposed for this broad area of portfolios is generally positive. However, the jury remains out as to whether the candidates Juncker has assigned to the different portfolios - Věra Jourová, Günther Oet...


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Data Retention

Data Retention after the Judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union

This study analyses the Data Retention Directive Judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union of 8 April 2014 and evaluates its impact on other data retention measures at Member States as well as at EU level. Executive summary: Data Retention after the Judgement of the Court of Justice...


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EC Presidency

09.07.2014

Hearing of Mr Juncker at the Greens/EFA Group meeting

The Greens/EFA group will give Mr Juncker the opportunity for a hearing and will base their decision on if and how his priorities match with the Group's vision for the European Commission over the coming 5 years


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Breaking out from the old pattern

A Green vision for the new EU Commission

  This time it’s different. The traditional “Europe at a crossroad” has morphed into a cliff-hanger situation. For the European Union, the next five years have become a matter of make-or-break choices. Shaken by the violent crisis of the past years, European public opini...


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