About: Věra Jourová

Agrifood 24-03-2021

New report reiterates there is no East-West divide in food quality

A new study on food quality has found detectable differences between European products but said they were not correlated with geography, lending weight to the idea that there is no East-West divide in food quality discrimination in Europe.
China 24-03-2021

Looking at China: Dazed and confused

China is using its economic and technological force to attack the vital interests of the United States and its main strategic partner, the European Union, writes Vladimir Krulj.
Data protection 12-03-2021

Data Privacy post COVID-19: What has changed and where do we go now?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started last year, privacy has been in the spotlight, becoming an even more important priority, both for individuals and companies. European citizens and businesses have had to radically realign their lives to the new reality. While...
The US administration has hit out at calls in the EU for personal data to be localized on the bloc and thus avoid having to be transferred to third countries, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice last year in the famed Schrems II case.
Digital 11-03-2021

US ‘concerned’ about EU data localisation, as Irish regulator reveals TikTok worry

The US administration has hit out at calls in the EU for personal data to be localized on the bloc and thus avoid having to be transferred to third countries, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice last year in the famed Schrems II case.
EU negotiators want an 'absolute guarantee' that personal data transferred to the US will not be subject to 'mass surveillance,' as part of ongoing talks on a new EU-US data transfer mechanism, according to the Commission's Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová.
Digital 11-03-2021

Jourová defends EU data against US ‘mass surveillance’ in Privacy Shield talks

EU negotiators want an 'absolute guarantee' that personal data transferred to the US will not be subject to 'mass surveillance,' as part of ongoing talks on a new EU-US data transfer mechanism, according to the Commission's Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová.
#Media4EU 11-03-2021

Media4Europe: Quality news suffers, skills and funding required

On 3 March 2021, the Media4Europe Summit gathered 200 media professionals, key policymakers and publishers,  around the theme “Towards a healthy news media sector?”. The event was also the official launch of the second edition of the Stars4Media innovation exchange...
Digital 04-03-2021

European Commission pledges support for struggling media sector

The European Commission is set to implement an action plan to support Europe’s media sector, which is facing an economic crisis, Vera Jourova, Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency told a EURACTIV event on Wednesday (3 March). “Strengthening media freedom...
Major platforms should take measures to de-monetise disinformation across their platforms, as part of the EU's wider bid to clamp down on harmful content online, the European Commission has said.
Digital 28-01-2021

EU Commission presses platforms to de-monetise disinformation

As part of a wider bid to clamp down on harmful content on the internet, the European Commission has urged major digital platforms to take measures to de-monetise disinformation online.
Non-discrimination 21-01-2021

German minorities criticise EU for rejecting citizens’ initiative

More than 1.1 million people demanded that the Commission do more to protect minorities, but Brussels neglected to take action. German minority associations are outraged and are trying to build up the pressure through the member states. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 14-01-2021

After Trump, we must fight to rebuild the ruins of democracy

Even after US President Trump is gone, the underlying causes of division, mistrust, and frustration won't go away and Europe must future-proof itself against any risks to democracy – particularly in the online world, writes Věra Jourová.
MEPs involved in penning initiative texts on the Commission's landmark Digital Services Act (DSA) have raised concerns at the role that social media played in the recent storming of the US Capitol in Washington, and say that regulation should double down on the spread of conspiratorial material online.
Digital 08-01-2021

Lawmakers call for tougher EU disinformation laws in wake of US riots

Lawmakers in the European Parliament have raised concerns at the role that social media played in the storming of the US Capitol in Washington, saying the EU's proposed Digital Services Act (DSA) should double down on the spread of conspiratorial material online.
Non-discrimination 23-11-2020

Jourova: More homework remains to be done on diversity in media

The under-representation of people with a minority racial or ethnic background in the media, including in media newsrooms themselves, remains a problem that needs to be addressed, and the European Commission is ready to help with funding, Commission vice-president Věra Jourová told EURACTIV in a written interview.
Digital 13-10-2020

Jourova promises action plan to protect independent journalism

The European Commission (EC) will present by the end of the year an action plan to protect independent journalism, Commission Vice President Věra Jourová announced on Monday (12 October) during the conference "Media Freedom in Bulgaria", organised by EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Politics 02-10-2020

Tweets of the Week: EU v UK, Jourova v Orban, Vivaldi Government

Commission takes UK to court, spat erupts as Orban falls short, and Belgium finally has a government... of a sort.

Jourová: Bulgarian government should take the protests very seriously

The European Commission Vice president for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, voiced clear support for the ongoing anti-corruption protests in Bulgaria on Wednesday (30 September), saying that the government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov should take them “very seriously”.
The European Commission has concerns that certain aspects of the UK's data protection regime may change in the future, negatively impacting the safety of EU personal data when transferred to the country, EU executive sources have informed EURACTIV.
Digital 23-09-2020

Commission fears UK data protection regime ‘may change in the future’

The European Commission has concerns that certain aspects of the UK's data protection regime may change in the future and negatively impact the safety of EU personal data when transferred to the country, Commission sources have informed EURACTIV.
The European Commission has given its clearest indication yet that obligations on digital platforms to remove content are unlikely to feature in far-reaching EU efforts to regulate the web, to be presented before the end of the year.
Digital 23-09-2020

‘Content removal’ unlikely to be part of EU regulation on digital services, Jourova says  

The European Commission has given its clearest indication yet that obligations on digital platforms to remove content are unlikely to feature in far-reaching EU efforts to regulate the web, due to be presented before the end of the year.

Shock as Slovak court acquits businessman of journalist murder

The case of a murdered investigative journalist delivered a new shock in Slovakia Thursday, as a high-profile businessman was acquitted of ordering the killing that ultimately exposed high-level political corruption and toppled the governing party.
Digital 23-07-2020

‘Utmost importance’ for transparency rules on political ads, EU report says

It is of the 'utmost importance' for the EU to do more to reign in the unregulated environment of online political advertising by establishing more stringent transparency obligations, said a  European Commission-backed report on media plurality, published on Thursday (23 July).
Politics 07-07-2020

Rule of law a must before getting EU money, Jourova insists

European Union countries should only get money from the bloc's budget and the COVID-19 recovery fund if they have robust courts and safeguards against corruption, a top official said on Monday (6 July), a couched warning to Poland and Hungary, among others.

European justice ministers promise to combat disinformation and racism

Rule of law as a priority of the German EU Council presidency was an open secret long before the programme was presented. Thus, it was only fitting that the first Council meeting chaired by Germany was that of the ministers of justice. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 24-06-2020

Commission uncertain on future UK data adequacy agreement 

The European Commission has said that it 'cannot predict' whether the UK will be fit for a data transfer adequacy agreement with the EU as part of ongoing negotiations on a future trade deal between the two parties.
Digital 10-06-2020

‘Time to tell the truth’ on Chinese disinformation, Jourova says

The European Commission has come out with an unambiguous message against China's efforts to spread disinformation related to the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. It is the first time the executive has publicly called out China for its role in spreading fake news.
Data protection 08-06-2020

Commission kept no records on Davos meeting between von der Leyen and Palantir CEO

No detailed records exist concerning a January meeting between European  Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the CEO of controversial US data analytics firm Palantir, the EU executive has said in response to a EURACTIV query.