About: Thierry Breton

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.
Digital 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.
Coronavirus 28-04-2020

EU stands by its data privacy rules in response to COVID-19

Europe cannot win the fight against the coronavirus without digital technologies, the European Commission said in a video call with EU-27 health ministers on Monday (27 April). But this must not come at the expense of EU data protection rules, which must remain a "global gold standard". 
Data protection 23-04-2020

Breton urges Apple chief Cook to work with EU amid French spat on virus app

EU industry chief Thierry Breton on Wednesday (22 April) told Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to make sure that mobile apps to limit the spread of coronavirus work on its iPhones and other devices, amidst the company's spat with France on its privacy safeguards.
Economy & Jobs 22-04-2020

Charles Michel limits ambitions for virus teleconference summit

Differences among EU countries look set to stymie any major decisions on tackling the long-term economic impact of the crisis at a summit later this week. In a letter Tuesday inviting the 27 leaders to the videoconference, EU Council President...
Digital 06-04-2020

LEAK: EU in push for digital transformation after COVID-19 crisis

EU Member States and the European Commission should "thoroughly analyse the experiences gained from the COVID-19 pandemic" in order to inform future policies across the entire spectrum of the digital domain, leaked Council documents seen by EURACTIV reveal.
Economy & Jobs 06-04-2020

Spain and EU Commissioners call for common European debt instruments

Europe needs debt mutualisation and a common Marshall plan to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Digital 02-04-2020

Commission to probe COVID-19 apps in Europe 

The European Commission is monitoring the use of mobile applications used in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic to make sure that the bloc's "values and rules" are not being infringed upon, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Thursday (2 April).
Data protection 26-03-2020

EU’s Breton defends COVID-19 telecoms data acquisition plans

The European Commission's Internal Market chief Thierry Breton has defended plans to obtain mobile data from EU telecom firms during the coronavirus outbreak, saying the acquisition of certain datasets allows for a clearer reading of "the impact of the confinement measures taken by member states."
Digital 25-03-2020

Commission touts importance of ‘data for common good’ amid COVID-19 privacy concerns

The European Commission will task EU governments with establishing structures that facilitate the use of data for the 'common good' before the end of the year. The executive is hoping that the response to the Coronavirus crisis can demonstrate the power of data analytics.
Digital 20-03-2020

Netflix to scale down European network traffic after EU pressure

The online streaming giant Netflix has pledged to lower the quality of its videos in a bid to reduce traffic on European networks by 25%. The aim is to preserve the smooth operation of the internet amid an increase in usage during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Digital 19-03-2020

Commission: Internet ‘under strain’ amid COVID-19 overuse

The EU's internet infrastructure is 'under strain' and a series of measures should be implemented by online streaming platforms as a means to mitigate the higher demand for bandwidth amid the current coronavirus quarantine period, the European Commission said on Wednesday evening (18 March).
Economy & Jobs 16-03-2020

Coronavirus will send EU spiraling into recession in 2020: Breton

The coronavirus pandemic will plunge the European Union into recession this year, the EU’s internal market Commissioner Thierry Breton said, estimating the bloc’s economy risked a 2-2.5% hit.
Digital 11-03-2020

Commission resists competition reform plans until 2021

The European Commission will not look into the possibility of revising the bloc's competition rules until at least 2021, despite recent pressure from a group of EU member states.
Economy & Jobs 10-03-2020

Commission pledges action to ensure companies survive coronavirus

European Commission is “extremely mobilise” to ensure that big companies and SMEs survive the economic impact of coronavirus, commissioner for Industry Thierry Breton said on Monday (9 March).

EU’s industrial strategy must serve climate neutrality, not undermine it

The EU Industrial Strategy, to be presented by the European Commission this week, will be a litmus test on the willingness of the EU executive to land the European Green Deal in the real world, writes Sophie Rigaudie.
Economy & Jobs 04-03-2020

Breton wants EU industrial policy to focus less on consumers, more on businesses

The EU's Internal Market Commissioner, Thierry Breton, wants to put businesses back at the heart of the European Commission's industrial strategy, with less emphasis on reducing consumer prices. EURACTIV France reports.
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