About: Thierry Breton

Politics 08-10-2021

Tweets of the Week: Pandora Papers, Facebook Down, Brdo Summit

Pandora Papers revelations hit their mark, world panics as Facebook goes dark, and not much happened in Brdo apart from the snark.
Digital & Media 06-10-2021

‘Too big to crash’ and ‘too big to care’, Facebook faces fallout from EU policymakers

Facebook’s service outage on Monday (4 October), combined with a series of revelations about the social network's management, have prompted policymakers to ask for regulation of online platforms with a shared sense of urgency.
Digital & Media 01-10-2021

EU’s Breton on Asia tour to foster digital cooperation, tackle chips shortages

European Commissioner Thierry Breton visited Japan and South Korea this week to find common grounds for future cooperation on digital and tech matters. The agenda was dominated by the recently announced European Chips Act and the prospect of digital partnership agreements.
Global Europe 22-09-2021

France builds EU support in sub row, but some warn against US rift

European allies rallied cautiously around France on Tuesday (21 September) after the US and Australian decision to strip Paris of a submarine supply contract, but some warned the dispute should not torpedo trade talks.
Global Europe 22-09-2021

EU’s Breton: AUKUS sub snub fuels ‘growing feeling of broken relationship’

As EU diplomats discuss whether to cancel or postpone an upcoming EU-US summit meant to focus on technology and trade over the AUKUS deal, French officials insist this is not about a lost bilateral arms contract, but about a 'broken' relationship between allies.
Digital & Media 15-09-2021

Commission yearns for setting the global standard on artificial intelligence

The European Commission believes that its proposed Artificial Intelligence Act should become the global standard if it is to be fully effective. The upcoming AI treaty that is being drafted by the Council of Europe might help the EU achieve just that.
Digital & Media 27-07-2021

Mastery of technology is central to the ‘new geopolitical order’, Breton says

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed Europe's strategic vulnerabilities and underscored the need for the European Union to foster its own industrial policy and aim for technological sovereignty in "the new geopolitical order", the EU's Commissioner for the internal market, Thierry Breton, has stressed.

EU touts ‘paradigm shift’ in defence as it inaugurates new fund

The European Commission has formally launched an €8 billion European Defence Fund (EDF), a new instrument designed to co-finance collaborative defence research and development projects across the bloc.
Outer space 23-06-2021

EU reaches for the stars as new space programme lifts off

Europe has to play its role in leading on the sustainability of outer space and could increasingly contribute to the creation of a regulatory framework for space, the head of the European Space Agency (ESA) told EURACTIV upon launch of the EU's new space programme.
Coronavirus 10-05-2021

EU has not ordered AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June, Breton says

The European Union has not made any new orders for AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June when their contract ends, European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday (9 May), after the EU signed a deal with Pfizer-BioNTech.
Economy & Jobs 05-05-2021

Breton: Europe was too naive before, now we are in the driving seat

Europe will remain open to everyone but will no longer be naive in the face of the rapidly changing world and will seek to be in the driving seat, Commissioner Thierry Breton told EURACTIV and a group of media ahead of the presentation of the update of the EU's industrial strategy on Wednesday (5 May).
Digital & Media 30-04-2021

EU countries, lawmakers reach deal to tackle online child sexual abuse

EU countries and EU lawmakers agreed late Thursday (29 April) to allow Facebook and Microsoft to scan and remove online child sexual abuse, potentially paving the way for a deal in the coming months on privacy rules targeting online platforms.
Digital & Media 30-04-2021

EU explores chipmaker alliance in search of ‘strategic autonomy’

The European Union is considering creating a semiconductor alliance including STMicroelectronics, NXP, Infineon and ASML to cut dependence on foreign chipmakers amid a global supply chain crunch, four EU officials said.
Digital & Media 20-04-2021

Commission to propose a European Media Freedom Act, Breton says

In a speech delivered to the European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education on Monday (19 April), the EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton raised for the first time a proposal for a European Media Freedom Act. 
Global Europe 22-03-2021

EU has ‘absolutely no need’ of Sputnik V vaccine, commissioner says

The European Union does not need Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19 and can achieve immunity across the continent using European production, a leading EU executive saidin comments that provoked a backlash from the vaccine maker.
Health 15-03-2021

Problems pile up on AstraZeneca as Irish, Dutch halt shots

Ireland and the Netherlands on Sunday (14 March) became the latest countries to suspend their rollouts of the AstraZeneca vaccine over concerns about post-jab blood clots despite the firm insisting there was no risk.
Global Europe 08-03-2021

EU looks to secure vaccine materials from US

The EU will open talks with Washington Monday (8 March) to ensure its supply of US-made materials for coronavirus vaccines, a European source said Saturday, items currently under tough export restrictions.
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 & Media 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).