About: Thierry Breton

Coronavirus 18-02-2021

Commission takes action to preempt new COVID strains, fast track variant vaccines

The European Commission has launched a new bio-defence preparedness plan designed to bolster Europe’s preparedness against the looming threat of new coronavirus strains, which includes moves to fast-track future variant vaccines.

Breton: EU recovery fund should help tourism sector become ‘more resilient’

The EU budget and coronavirus recovery fund should be used to help tourism "emerge more resilient from the crises ahead," the EU's internal market commissioner Thierry Breton said on Thursday (21 January).
The EU's Internal Market Chief Thierry Breton has given a clear indication that online platform giants can no longer be defined merely as 'hosts' as part of the bloc's attempts to regulate the digital economy.
Economy & Jobs 15-01-2021

Commission to propose KPIs to measure ‘real’ progress in industrial strategy

The European Commission is working on a series of key performance indicators (KPI) to include in the update of its industrial strategy expected for March, to measure the transformation of European industry and its resilience in the aftermath of the pandemic.
Global Europe 12-01-2021

Twitter’s ‘problematic’ Trump ban troubles Europe

Twitter's decision to impose a permanent ban on US President Donald Trump's account has sparked some consternation in Europe, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling it "problematic".
Brexit 22-12-2020

Brexit talks flirt with failure as new deadline blown

EU and UK trade talks inched onwards under renewed pressure Monday (21 December) as transport chaos triggered by the emergence of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus in Britain overshadowed efforts to reach a Brexit deal.
Agrifood 17-12-2020

EU reshapes its vision for SMEs amid emerging threats

Policymakers have started re-thinking the EU strategy for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that the European Commission unveiled only a few days before the start of the first lockdown all over Europe.
Google has warned that features used across the firm's Maps services are at risk of being dropped in the EU, should the Commission introduce prohibitions against certain types of activity in the platform economy as part of the upcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA).
Digital 04-12-2020

Google’s last-ditch plea to Commission: Our EU services are at risk in Digital Markets Act

Google has warned that features used across the firm's Maps services are at risk of being dropped in the EU should the Commission introduce prohibitions against certain types of activity in the platform economy as part of the upcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA).
The EU has the power to execute a potential breakup of global Big Tech giants, but it is not currently the "right thing to do," the EU's Vice-President for Digital Affairs, Margrethe Vestager has said. Vestager's position puts her at odds with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, with reports surfacing that the Frenchman would like to keep the option of 'structural separations'  of the Big Tech giants on the table.
Digital 27-10-2020

Vestager distances Commission from option of ‘Big Tech Breakups’

The EU has the power to execute a potential breakup of global Big Tech giants, but it is not currently the "right thing to do," the EU's Vice-President for Digital Affairs, Margrethe Vestager, has said.
The EU's Internal Market Chief Thierry Breton has given a clear indication that online platform giants can no longer be defined merely as 'hosts' as part of the bloc's attempts to regulate the digital economy.
Digital 28-09-2020

Breton: Online platforms are no longer just ‘hosts’ in the digital economy

Online platform giants may no longer be defined merely as 'hosts,' the EU's Internal Market Chief Thierry Breton suggested on Monday (28 September), as the bloc is making a concerted effort to regulate the digital economy.
The European Commission has admitted that there will be a delay on targets to launch 5G telecommunications networks across all EU member states by the end of 2020, owing to postponements in spectrum frequency auctions that have occurred as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
5G 18-09-2020

Commission concedes delay in 5G deployment across EU

The European Commission has admitted that there will be a delay on targets to launch 5G telecommunications networks across all EU member states by the end of 2020, owing to postponements in spectrum frequency auctions that have occurred as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

EU raw materials push aims to underpin Green Deal, digital ambitions

Increasing the EU’s domestic supply of critical raw materials and cutting external dependencies got top billing in a new European Commission strategy on Thursday (3 September), as the bloc started to get serious about its Green Deal and digital agenda.
Transport 01-09-2020

Greater EU powers to catch and fine emissions cheats kick in

New EU rules on monitoring the vehicles on Europe’s roads come into force on Tuesday (1 September), granting the European Commission added powers to police car emissions and take to task any manufacturers that breach the law.
Outer space 29-06-2020

EU to speed up space ambitions, Breton says

The European Union will plough more money into rocket launches, satellite communication and space exploration to preserve its often unsung successes in space and keep up with US and Chinese ambitions, its space chief said on Sunday (28 June).
Economy & Jobs 18-06-2020

MEP: Commission could issue recommendations to revive EU hospitality sector

The European Commission could recommend that EU member states take measures such as tax and red tape reductions to help the struggling hospitality sector recover from the economic losses incurred by the pandemic-induced lockdown, MEP Ivan Štefanec has said.
Competition 17-06-2020

EU seeks to beef up its defences against foreign subsidies

The European Commission outlined on Wednesday (17 June) new tools to address the disruption caused by subsidised foreign companies operating in the single market, including the possibility to block the acquisition of European firms.
Digital 04-06-2020

European Digital Media Observatory launched in Florence to analyse disinformation

The European Digital Media Observatory, which aims to analyse disinformation, was launched on Monday (1 June) in Florence. Funded by the EU, it brings together researchers and experts in media literacy. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Digital 03-06-2020

EU cuts red ribbon on beginning of digital services crackdown  

The European Commission has launched public consultations on its long-awaited Digital Services Act package, and at the same time called for feedback on the possibility of a new competition tool to address market imbalances in different sectors, including digital.
Economy & Jobs 29-05-2020

Will the EU have a new ‘single market tax’ for multinationals?

The European Commission is working on a proposal for a new tax on multinationals operating on the single market to finance the recently proposed recovery fund, but the Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, told EURACTIV he recommends being "very cautious" rather than too imaginative in picking new levies.
EU-China 29-05-2020

Breton: With better information from China and WHO, we would have been better prepared

Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, told EURACTIV.com in an interview that Europe could have been better prepared to face the COVID-19 if China and the World Health Organisation had offered “better and more reliable information earlier”.
Digital 26-05-2020

Breton renews calls for a single European patent system

The EU should speed up plans to create a single European patents system because the current setup is "too expensive and fragmented," Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton has said.
Digital 19-05-2020

Zuckerberg appeals for European leadership on platform regulation

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has called upon the European Union to take the lead in establishing a legal framework for the regulation of online platforms, in order to resist other models of online governance, like China's, which do not appeal to Western values.
Global Europe 13-05-2020

Commission proposes gradual lifting of borders, in bid to save Europe’s summer

The European Commission on Wednesday (13 May) set out plans for a phased restart of travel this summer, proposing a gradual lifting of borders in an attempt to kick start a tourism sector hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
5G 06-05-2020

Vestager urges EU member states not to backtrack on 5G

The European Commission's Vice-President for Digital, Margrethe Vestager, has urged EU telecoms ministers to "limit as much as possible" any delays to their 5G spectrum assignments, amid the current challenges to the industry brought on by the coronavirus crisis.
Digital 05-05-2020

Commission mulls ‘innovative financial solutions’ to back EU media sector

The European Commission is mulling over plans to introduce 'new and innovative financial solutions' to support the sustainability of the EU's media sector amid the current health crisis.
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