Will EU legislation hold the region back or unleash its potential?
From Artificial Intelligence to protecting privacy, the EU is occupied in its efforts to shape and guide the development of new technologies while also creating a fertile soil for startups and established businesses to blossom. Although it is not an easy balance to achieve, Europe's legislators and regulators have their fair share of supporters and critics.
Artificial intelligence (regulation) overkill in the EU?
with Kamila Seberova and Katerina Kulhankova
The European Commission's new April 2021 proposed Directive aims to facilitate innovation and investment in AI while safeguarding the public. It may have achieved the latter at the expense of the former.Learn about the proposed Directive
"After reading this [AI] Regulation, it is still an open question whether future start-up founders in ‘high risk’ areas will decide to launch their business in Europe."
- Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl
Digital Single Market Directive – mission accomplished?
The DSM Directive is one of the most controversial pieces of copyright legislation in the EU, and contentious provisions have slowed its implementation on the national level. As many countries miss the June 2021 implementation deadline, we look at where things stand now.Read the regional survey
The European Parliament's "legislative train schedule" is a fairly user-friendly portal to track the legislative efforts which underpin the European Commission's six priorities for 2019 – 2024 , including "A Europe fit for the digital age".
The Digital Content Directive - Cautiously Embracing the Digital Era in Austria
with Georg Kresbach and Elisabeth Zhang
A wider choice of products, at more competitive prices and a market of up to 70 million online cross-border buyers were promised by the EC when it touted its proposals for the Digital Content Directive and Sale of Goods Directive in December 2015. Almost six years and several heated discussions later, the Austrian government presented its light at the end of a bumpy tunnel - the Warranty-Directives-Transposition Act.Read article
The new European Electronic Communications Code presents challenges for OTT service providers
by Jakub Pietrasik
Over-the-top service providers will be covered by a brand-new legal framework that was so far applicable only to traditional telecom operators – which may be very challenging, especially for smaller local players.Learn more about the EECC