Catherine Stupp

Cybersecurity 22-05-2017

EU cybersecurity agency seeks funds and power to police attacks

The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA will get a makeover in September when the European Commission renews its mandate and presents a batch of new cybersecurity measures. The director of the Athens-based agency has been asking for a bigger budget to deal with the rise in attacks on internet-connected devices.

Broadband 18-05-2017

Member states want to change investment rules in telecoms overhaul

EU countries have changed measures on network investment in a major telecoms bill and are kicking negotiations into the second half of this year.

Digital 16-05-2017

Member states want looser data rules in draft ePrivacy bill

EU member states are divided over a proposal to change privacy rules for telecoms operators, with some countries calling for looser rules on when they can use consumers' personal data.

Politics 16-05-2017

Tech industry relieved there will be new digital Commissioner after lengthy gap

The tech industry is relieved that Bulgaria's nominee for Commissioner will oversee digital policies, filling a gap left open for four months after Günther Oettinger transferred to the budget post.

The Counter Extremism Project says Twitter needs to take responsibility for radical groups using the platform
Digital 10-05-2017

Online platforms face EU regulation on transparency and business contracts

Internet platforms like Google, Facebook and Amazon Marketplace face regulation over their contracts with other businesses by the end of the year, under possible new EU legislation announced today (10 May).

Digital 10-05-2017

Ansip promises EU rules on data flows by autumn

The European Commission will propose legislation later this year to get rid of national restrictions that prevent data from moving between EU countries, following calls from more than a dozen member states to crack down.

Digital 09-05-2017

MEPs squabble over online platforms in copyright amendments

A list of hundreds of MEPs' amendments to the European Commission's copyright law overhaul includes squabbles over online platforms and text and data mining.

Broadband 04-05-2017

Thirteen member states double down on opposition to EU spectrum rules

A group of thirteen EU member states have doubled down on a pushback by national governments against the European Commission's proposed changes to radio spectrum policy, arguing it will sweep away their powers to auction off spectrum to telecoms operators.

Commission will not require visas for US citizens as ‘retaliation’

The European Commission has decided not to require visas for Americans travelling to Europe, rejecting calls from MEPs to retaliate against US visa requirements for citizens of five member states.

Digital 02-05-2017

Fifteen countries ask for EU legislation on data flows

Ministers from 15 EU countries have asked the European Commission to focus on removing barriers to digital trade one week before the executive presents a mid-term review of its flagship Digital Single Market policies.

Brexit 29-04-2017

Leaders call for discipline to maintain fragile unity in Brexit talks

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that talks over the post-Brexit EU budget could divide member states, undermining the show of unity they put on at a summit today (29 April).

Brexit 28-04-2017

Spain ‘not worried’ about united Ireland joining the EU

Spain will not raise any objections to a statement at the European Council summit tomorrow (29 April) recognising that a united Ireland would be an EU member state, according to an EU diplomatic source with knowledge of Spain's position in the Brexit negotiations.

Transport 27-04-2017

Europe’s car industry appeals for tariff-free trade deal ahead of Brexit summit

Two days before EU leaders meet to sign off on their guidelines for Brexit negotiations, the car industry is demanding the divorce deal guarantee tariff-free trade after the UK leaves the bloc.

Economy & Jobs 26-04-2017

App economy jobs come under Commission scrutiny

The European Commission will change an EU law on employment contracts by the end of the year in a move to create standards for precarious jobs created by online apps like Uber and Deliveroo.

Digital 26-04-2017

MEPs raise Netflix quota to 30% and sharpen rules on violent online posts

Netflix and other video-on-demand platforms could be required to include a minimum 30% of European content—more than the Commission's proposed 20% quota, if new broadcasting rules follow a report approved yesterday (25 April) by MEPs in the Culture Committee.

Economy & Jobs 25-04-2017

Commission to propose ten-day paternity leave

The European Commission will tomorrow propose the first EU-level legal law guaranteeing paternity leave lasting at least ten working days. The legal change, which also includes measures on parental leave on time off for people caring for sick dependents, comes as the Commission presents a 20-point list of EU social rights.

25-04-2017

The Brief: The Commission grasps for its ‘social Triple-A moment’

The European Commission is selling its stack of social policy announcements tomorrow as a “social Triple-A moment”.

Digital 25-04-2017

MEPs want to lift online geoblocking for Spotify and ebooks

MEPs in the Internal Market Committee approved geoblocking rules that could open up access to music streaming sites and ebook sales across the EU, going beyond the European Commission's proposal and setting up a fight with industry groups.

Economy & Jobs 24-04-2017

Commission readies new parental leave rules to replace axed maternity bill

Two years after the European Commission scrapped its own proposal for new EU maternity leave rules, the EU executive is getting ready to replace it with new measures, including some focused on getting more fathers to take leave.

Economy & Jobs 13-04-2017

Commission plans deal to settle east-west trucker dispute

The European Commission is planning a compromise between eastern and western EU member countries, which are sharply divided over labour rules for truck drivers who travel across the bloc to deliver goods, according to an internal memo from the executive's transport policy arm.

Freedom of thought 11-04-2017

Hungarian education minister: University law protestors were ‘misled’

Hungarian Minister for Education László Palkovics told reporters in Brussels that tens of thousands of protestors who oppose the country's new university law were “misled” and media reports on the legal overhaul “do not reflect the truth”.

Freedom of thought 10-04-2017

Jourová: EU action unlikely to change Hungarian university law

Restrictive legal changes in Poland and Hungary overshadowed EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová's announcement of new figures comparing EU countries' judicial systems today (10 April). The Commission will debate a newly passed Hungarian law targeting the Central European University on Wednesday (12 April).

EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova
Data protection 06-04-2017

MEPs want Commission to toughen up Privacy Shield under Trump

The European Parliament wants the European Commission to 'Trump-proof' the Privacy Shield data sharing agreement between the EU and the United States after the new US administration threatened to roll back some privacy safeguards.

Youth unemployment
Economy & Jobs 04-04-2017

EU watchdog brands youth unemployment programme a disappointment

An EU programme intended to slash youth unemployment has fallen short of expectations and failed to help enough young people get jobs and training posts, the bloc's watchdog said in a new report.