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Latest news and information on the Internet policies of the European Union.

Go-ahead for revamped EU product safety rules 30 March 2023, 23:06 CET
The EU Parliament endorsed revised rules on product safety of non-food consumer products Thursday, aligning existing rules with latest developments in digitalisation and the surge in online shopping.

Euro-Parliament ready to negotiate for EU-wide digital wallet 16 March 2023, 22:30 CET
The European Parliament confirmed Thursday its negotiating mandate on a new digital identity framework which would provide EU citizens with digital access to key public services across EU borders.

MEPs back new rules for fair access to and use of industrial data 14 March 2023, 18:27 CET
The EU Parliament gave its approval Tuesday to the Data Act, which clarifies who can access data and on what terms, and empowers a wider range of private and public entities to share data.

Schengen info systems upgrade now in force 07 March 2023, 22:18 CET
A strengthened Schengen Information System (SIS) entered into operation Tuesday, with more complete and reliable information to enhance security and border management in Europe.

WhatsApp promises EU to change practices 06 March 2023, 22:16 CET
Following dialogue with consumer protection authorities and the EU Commission, the US WhatsApp messenger service committed Monday to being more transparent on changes to its terms of service.

Council agrees position on short-term rentals data 06 March 2023, 22:25 CET
EU competitiveness ministers agreed Thursday a negotiating mandate for a regulation on data collection and sharing for short-term accommodation rental services.

Commission suspends TikTok on its corporate devices 23 February 2023, 22:34 CET
The EU executive decided Thursday to suspend use of the TikTok application on Commission corporate devices Thursday and on personal devices enrolled in the Commission mobile device service.

Gigabit infrastructure to transform EU connectivity 23 February 2023, 22:38 CET
The EU Commission presented a set of actions Thursday to make Gigabit connectivity available to all across the EU by 2030, with a view to enabling "transformation of the connectivity sector" in the EU.

New EU Gigabit infrastructure to transform Europe's connectivity sector - guide 23 February 2023, 18:38 CET
The European Commission presented on 23 February a set of actions aimed to make Gigabit connectivity available to all citizens and businesses across the EU by 2030, in line with the objectives of Europe's Digital Decade, and to enable the transformation of the connectivity sector in the EU.

MEPs ready to start talks on new boost for EU chips industry 15 February 2023, 23:20 CET
Euro-MPs agreed Wednesday a draft bill to secure the EU's supply of chips by boosting production and innovation, and setting up emergency measures against shortages.

Commission launches European Regulatory Sandbox for Blockchain 14 February 2023, 23:18 CET
The European Commission launched Tuesday a regulatory sandbox for innovative use cases involving Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT).

MEPs back new rules for fair access and use of industrial data 09 February 2023, 23:29 CET
A Euro-Parliament committee gave its backing Thursday to the 'Data Act', empowering a wider range of private and public entities to share data, while clarifying who can access data and on what terms.

Revamped EU anti-disinformation Code goes live 09 February 2023, 21:43 CET
Major online platform signatories to a revamped EU anti-disinformation Code, including Google and Twitter, have submitted first baseline reports on implementation of commitments they made.

Discover the Code of Practice on Disinformation 09 February 2023, 21:41 CET
Find out what online platforms, civil society, fact-checkers, ad tech players, and many others do to combat disinformation and misinformation online. Our mission is to counter the threat of disinformation and misinformation and in response to the European Democracy Action Plan and the European Commission's Guidance, we jointly wrote and signed a new Code of Practice on Disinformation in June 2022. Through this Transparency Centre you can find all information on the Code and each of our actions to implement it.

40 pct of online shops engaged in manipulative practices - EU report 30 January 2023, 23:26 CET
148 out of 399 online shops screened by the EU in a "sweep" of online retail websites were found to engage in 'manipulative online practices, the European Commission announced on Monday.

Google introduces changes to comply with EU rules 30 January 2023, 23:25 CET
With a view to aligning its practices with EU law - mainly on lack of transparency and clear information to consumers - Google committed Thursday to introduce changes in several of its products and services.

MEPs adopt legislation to boost EU chips industry 24 January 2023, 20:31 CET
A European Parliament committee backed plans Tuesday to secure the EU supply of chips by boosting production and innovation, and setting up emergency measures against shortages.

MEPs look to tackle gaming addiction, and boost video games growth 20 January 2023, 23:18 CET
The EU Parliament called Wednesday for gamers to be better protected from addiction and other manipulative practices, while emphasising the growth potential of this innovative sector.

EU strengthens resilience against cybercrime 18 January 2023, 23:44 CET
Two EU directives on critical and digital infrastructure entered into force Monday to strengthen EU resilience against online and offline threats from cyberattacks to crime, risks to health or natural disasters.

Brussels accepts Amazon commitments over data and Prime 02 January 2023, 01:05 CET
The EU Commission made commitments offered by Amazon - barring it from using marketplace seller data, and ensuring equal access to Buy Box and Prime - legally binding under EU antitrust rules Wednesday

State aid boost for EU broadband networks 13 December 2022, 23:53 CET
The EU Commission set out revised guidelines on broadband Monday according to which state aid measures are assessed to support the deployment and take-up of broadband networks in the Europe.

Revised Broadband Guidelines - guide 12 December 2022, 22:47 CET
On 12 December 2022, the European Commission adopted new Guidelines on State aid for broadband networks ('Broadband Guidelines'). The new Guidelines update the rules on State aid granted by Member States for the deployment of broadband networks and the take-up of available broadband services to support the digital transition.

EU boosts innovation with 5G on planes 28 November 2022, 18:39 CET
Airlines will be able to provide the latest 5G technology on their planes following the EU Commission's update Thursday of the implementing decision on spectrum for mobile communications on board aircrafts.

5G in the EU 24 November 2022, 23:42 CET
5G is the critical new generation network technology that will enable innovation and support the EU's digital transformation. 5G provides virtually universal, ultra-high bandwidth, and low latency 'connectivity' not only to individual users but also to connected objects. It is expected to serve a wide range of applications and sectors including professional uses. For example, connected automated mobility, eHealth, energy management, possibly safety applications, and more. 5G will also be a key enabler of artificial intelligence systems, as it will provide real-time data collection and analysis. At the same time, it will bring the cloud to a new dimension by enabling the distribution of computing and storage, such as edge cloud, and mobile edge computing, throughout the infrastructure.

Fight against online hate speech in Europe falters 28 November 2022, 18:44 CET
The results of the European Commission's latest evaluationĀ of the EU's code of conduct on countering illegal hate speech online show a decrease in companies' notice-and-action results.