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Digital Single Market: Survey shows Europeans are well aware of rules against unjustified geo-blocking

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Seven months after new rules against unjustified geo-blocking began to apply, general consumer awareness of the new rules against restrictions for online shopping and cross-border sales is already high. A Eurobarometer survey published today shows that just a few months after the new rules on geo-blocking […]

Digital Single Market: Europe announces eight sites to host world-class supercomputers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers. They will support Europe’s researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate […]

Digital Single Market: Cheaper calls to other EU countries as of 15 May

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. As a result, consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 […]

A Sting Exclusive: “The EU Cybersecurity Act for a more secure and cyber-resilient European Digital Single Market”, by EU Commissioner Gabriel

This article was exclusively written and published for The European Sting by Ms. Mariya Gabriel, the European Commissioner in charge of Digital Economy and Society. The opinions expressed in this article belong to our distinguished writer. The European Cybersecurity Act will help us step up our cybersecurity in the EU. The Cybersecurity Act is one of the key initiatives […]

Digital Single Market: EU negotiators agree to set up new European rules to improve fairness of online platforms’ trading practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday evening the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission reached a political deal on the first-ever rules aimed at creating a fair, transparent and predictable business environment for businesses and traders when using online platforms. Traders selling online […]

How digital is your country? Europe needs Digital Single Market to boost its digital performance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission is publishing the results of the 2018 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) , a tool which monitors the performance of Member States in digital connectivity, digital skills online activity, the digitisation of businesses and digital public services. According to it, the […]

EU Leaders’ meeting in Sofia: Completing a trusted Digital Single Market for the benefit of all

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission Brussels, 15 May 2018 Ten days ahead of the entry into application of the General Data Protection Regulation, the European Commission is today presenting a set of concrete actions that European leaders can take to protect citizens’ privacy and make the EU’s Digital […]

Digital Single Market: New EU rules for online subscription services

EU Regulators have found last week an agreement on new rules concerning online content portability, allowing EU citizens to access online subscription services with no restrictions while travelling within the Union. The new rules will practically end the so-called “geo-blocking tactics”, and will enable European consumers to access services such as Netflix, Sky’s Now and Spotify […]

Apparently the EU Digital Single Market passes necessarily from China’s Digital Silk Road

The Road of the EU digital growth agenda paradoxically seems to necessarily pass from Beijing. This was the key take-away that came out from the third panel discussion during the China-Europe Investment & Connectivity Cooperation Forum. This one day conference took place last Monday 09 November at the Committee of Regions in Brussels. “Digital economy and […]

Changing the EU copyright law won’t bring us much closer to Digital Single Market

It was last Monday in Cannes when Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission (EC) for Digital Single Market (DSM), was interviewed in the context of the music industry’s annual Midem event. Supporting the Commission’s view and strategy for a Digital Single Market in the EU Mr Ansip mainly focused on the part of eliminating […]

A Sting Exclusive: “The competitiveness of Europe depends on a digital single market”, EPP President Joseph Daul highlights live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Joseph Daul, the President of European People’s Party (EPP) Our lives are digital. This has changed the way we interact, work, produce, consume and live. We must embrace this digital revolution, as it can lead to sustainable growth and jobs for European entrepreneurs, employees and citizens. Our American friends are using new digital services […]

Yesterday’s “jokes” and sarcasm by Digital Single Market’s Vice President Ansip on EU member states’ right to protect their telco markets

The distance between an actual speech and a press release is abyssal. A good example of that came out of Mr Ansip’s introductory speech at an event in Brussels yesterday evening about the EU Digital Single Market. The Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market (DSM) touched there briefly all current hot topics of the […]

3 steps to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness in the digital age

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Lochbihler, Global Director, Public Affairs, Booking.com Europe’s economic advantages include cultural diversity, an educated workforce and public services to support a stable and prosperous business environment. The Digital Single Market (DSM) can help traditional industry sectors take […]

Would a digital border tax slow down adoption of 3D printing?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jimena Sotelo, Project Lead, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum & Venkataraman Sundareswaran, Fellow, Digital Trade, World Economic Forum 3D printing files are not currently subject to customs duties. Imposing digital duties could slow the adoption of 3DP adoption […]

Roaming market review: use of mobile phones abroad has surged since end of EU roaming charges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has published today the first full review of the roaming market, showing that travellers across the EU have benefitted a lot from the end of roaming charges in June 2017. The use of mobile data while travelling in the EU has increased […]

Future-proofing the European banking market – removing the obstacles to exit

This article was first published by European Central Bank Speech by Yves Mersch, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB and Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the ECB, at the S&P Global’s European Financial Institutions Conference, Paris Consolidation seems to be something of a buzzword. It is associated with discussions of the profitability […]

Why the internet is yesterday’s news in China’s digital leap forward

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Winston Wenyan Ma In May 2017, China hosted the historical Go match between Ke Jie, the world’s No 1-ranked player and world champion, and the AI-enabled computer program AlphaGo, designed by Google’s DeepMind Lab. The Wuzhen showdown was […]

A roadmap for destination management in the digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Silvina Moschini, Co-founder, TransparentBusiness, Inc. In the digital economy, tourist destinations face management challenges like never before. As tourism has become a truly global activity, destinations compete with other destinations worldwide. New technologies have accelerated tourism growth, bringing supply […]

Algorithms could give the world its first ‘born digital’ free trade agreement in Africa

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Craig Atkinson, Research Fellow, World Trade Institute The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, presently signed by 52 African Union (AU) member states, is remarkable in its geographic coverage and ambition to create a single market for […]

The digital revolution will transform the steel industry

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Yvonne Zhou, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group & Lisa Hu, Partner and Managing Director, BCG Digital technologies are changing the world and dramatically improving the way that organizations operate. Today, steel and metals manufacturers face a huge […]

Digital Assembly 2019: new actions on quantum, EU-Africa taskforce report and digital start-ups

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today , the 8th edition of the Digital Assembly is taking place in Bucharest, Romania. The event, co-organised by the Commission and the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will bring together representatives of EU Member States with stakeholders from industry, academia and civil […]

Commission’s report shows that targeted investment and robust digital policies boost Member States’ performance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is releasing the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.  Countries that have set up ambitious targets in line with […]

4 ways Africa can prepare its youth for the digital economy

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simbarashe Moyo, Mandela Rhodes Scholar, University of the Witwatersrand More than ever, it is vital for Africa to prepare her youth for the digital economy and the future of work. The World Development Report 2019 notes that the labour […]

Africa is creating one of the world’s largest single markets. What does this mean for entrepreneurs?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gerald Chirinda, Executive Director, Tapiwa Capital The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is set to launch on 30th May. If every African country joins, it’s expected to be one of the world’s largest single markets, accounting for $4 […]

EU Copyright Directive: Will US tech giants comply or ditch the EU market?

The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved yesterday the new Copyright Directive by 348 votes in favour, 274 against and 36 abstentions. Should the member states accept this vote, the reforms will be effective immediately and EU countries will have two years to implement them. The copyright changes will affect mainly big online platforms […]

Questions and Answers on issues about the digital copyright directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This Q and A provides answers to some of the more regularly raised issues regarding the directive on copyright in the digital single market. The text as adopted by the European Parliament plenary can be found here . What is the Copyright Directive about? […]

Capital Markets Union: Commission reports on progress achieved ahead of European Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission takes stock of the progress achieved in building a Single Market for capital, including as regards sustainable finance, and calls on EU leaders to keep up the political engagement to lay down the foundation of the Capital Markets Union. The Capital […]

The digital skills gap is widening fast. Here’s how to bridge it

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Tim Berners-Lee, Director, W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) Access to skilled workers is already a key factor that sets successful companies apart from failing ones. In an increasingly data-driven future – the European Commission believes there could be as […]

Consumers’ rights against defective digital content agreed by EU lawmakers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. People who buy or download music, apps, games or use cloud services will be better protected if a trader fails to supply the content or service or provides a defective one. The first EU-wide “digital contracts” rules to protect consumers better were provisionally agreed […]

Q and A on the draft digital copyright directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. This Q and A provides answers to some of the issues regularly raised regarding the European Parliament’s position during the ongoing process to hammer out the digital copyright directive. It outlines the basic position taken by the European Parliament and deals with some of […]

Europe’s poor investment in digital is threatening prosperity. Here’s what its start-ups need

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.  Authors:  Felix Staeritz, Founding Partner and CEO, Michael Stephanblome, Founding Partner and CSO and Andreas von Oettingen Founding Partner and CTO, FACTOR10 Europe is one of the biggest economic regions in the world. The European Union’s impressive $17 trillion […]

Smart city experts should be looking to emerging markets. Here’s why

  This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.  Author:  Rohit T. Aggarwala, Head of Urban Systems, Sidewalk Labs & Katie HillAdvisor, Omidyar Network & Robert Muggah, Co-founder, Igarape Institute and SecDev Group From the crowded markets of Dakar and Karachi to the informal settlements of Addis […]

Could a Digital Silk Road solve the Belt and Road’s sustainability problem?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Winston Ma Wenyan, Chief Executive Officer, China Silkroad Investment & Development (Beijing) Co. Ltd China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) involves a trillion-dollar investment programme to enhance economic interconnectivity and facilitate development across Eurasia, East Africa and close […]