Data Protection

Copyright reform

Legal Affairs committee demands ambitious reform

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee today voted by a broad majority on a report reviewing the EU’s current copyright framework. The report is authored by Pirate Party MEP and vice-president of the Greens/EFA group Julia Reda. The vote follows intense debate, multiple delays and the...

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EU data protection rules

Ministers' agreement paves way for negotiations with EP

EU justice and home affairs ministers today adopted a common position on the draft EU legislation on data protection at their Council meeting. Following the decision, it was decided that legislative negotiations with the European Parliament will begin on 24 June (1). Commenting on the situation, Gre...

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Digital Single Market

Too little, too late in EU Commission's digital agenda plan for Europe

The European Commission will today present a communication outlining its proposals for the Digital Single Market. Commenting on a leaked draft of the proposals Green digital rights spokesperson Jan Philipp Albrecht said: “The much-heralded Digital Single Market project for Europe looks set to be...

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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


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.


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!


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...


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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