NEW EU DATA PROTECTION LAWS

Tech companies are already counting the cost of sweeping EU rules on data protection (General Data Protection Regulation) that will come unto effect across the EU next May. The sector is scrambling to hire new staff and redesign products as it faces millions of dollars in higher costs and lost revenues. The new General Data Protection Regulation will require businesses to adopt stricter standards for dealing with customer data.

DIGITAL EUROPE

European Council Conclusions 19 October 2017

The Tallinn Digital Summit on 29 September 2017 sent a strong message on the need for a stronger and more coherent Digital Europe. Digitalisation offers immense opportunities for innovation, growth and jobs. Seizing these opportunities requires collectively tackling some of the challenges posed by the digital transformation and reviewing policies affected by digitalisation.

To successfully build a Digital Europe, the EU needs in particular:

SETTING ARTICLE 155 OF THE SPANISH CONSTITUTION IN MOTION

Article 155 of the Spanish Constitutes provides the following: ‘If a self-governing unit does not fulfil the obligations imposed upon it by the Constitution or other laws, or acts in a way that goes seriously against the general interest of Spain, the Government, after requiring the President of the self-governing unit and failing to be obeyed may, following the approval by absolute majority of the Senate, take the necessary measures to force compliance with those obligations or the protection of the above general interest'.

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SOFT POWER 30 2017

Source: Annual Index published by Portland Communications and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy

Developing and delivering effective foreign policy is growing in complexity. Precipitated by the shift in power from states to networks, exacerbated by the rapid change in technology and compounded by fiscal constraints, governments and their diplomats must adapt if they wish to succeed in this challenging environment.

CATALONIA’S LEGITIMATE RIGHT TO DECIDE

  1. The evolution of the negotiating process between the Catalan and Spanish governments since the re-establishment of democracy in 1977 through time is marked by key moments of a deteriorating political relationship where the Spanish government has gradually renounced the accommodation of Catalan territorial demands.

SOURCE OF WEALTH IN AMERICA

  1. Airbnb
  2. Amazon.com
  3. Amway
  4. Apple
  5. Berkshire Hathaway
  6. Best Buy
  7. Bloomberg LP
  8. Campbell Soup
  9. Cargill
  10. Carnival Cruises
  11. Dell Computers
  12. Disney
  13. Dolby Laboratories
  14. eBay
  15. FedEx
  16. Gap
  17. Getty Oil
  18. Google
  19. Home Depot
  20. Intel
  21. LinkedIn
  22. Microsoft
  23. Netscape
  24. Nike
  25. Ralph Lauren
  26. Slim-Fast
  27. SnapChat
  28. Starbucks
  29. Subway Sandwiches Shops
  30. Tesla Motors

BUSINESSEUROPE 10 KEY ISSUES

  1. Cybersecurity
  2. Data Economy (Health, Education, Transport, Public Services, Scare Resources)
  3. ePrivacy
  4. Digital Taxation
  5. Migration (External Borders Management)
  6. Security (Common European Asylum System)
  7. Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) (Military and Defence Cooperation)
  8. European Industrial Strategy
  9. Trade (New Markets, Level-playing field, Rules-based trade

270 DAYS SINCE THE POSITION OF US AMBASSADOR TO THE EU IS VACANT

The position of US Ambassador to the European Union has been vacant since 20 January 2017 when the US Ambassador resigned at the end of the Obama administration.

Yet, the United States and the European Union are essential partners in a turbulent world. On almost every significant regional and global issue of concern the EU is playing a key role.

Key issues (Alphabetical Listing)

AUSTRIAN ÖVP VIEW OF EUROPE

  1. Wir brauchen vor allem im Bereich der Aussen-Sicherheits-und Verteidigungspolitik eine Stärkung der Europäischen Union.
  2. Eine lückenlose Sicherung der EU-Aussengrenze.
  3. Um illegale Migrationsrouten zu schliessen, fordern wir z.B. eine zivil-militärische Grenzschutztruppe für EU-Assistenzeinsätze an den Aussengrenzen under ziviler Führung und eine robuste Kriseneingriffstruppe auf europäischer Ebene, die in akuten Krisenfällen zum Schutz Europas international zum Einsatz kommt.

21 KEY ISSUES FACING THE EU

  1. Brexit
  2. Catalonia
  3. Competing French and German visions of a more integrated Europe
  4. Digital Europe
  5. Environmental Issues (Climate Change)
  6. Food Standards
  7. Foreign and Security Policy
  8. Future of the EU
  9. Greek Review
  10. Iran
  11. Islamist Radicalization
  12. Migration and Refugees
  13. NATO
  14. Reform of the Euro Area
  15. Relations with Russia
  16. Rule of Law
  17. Terrorism
  18. Trade Agreements
  19. Turkey
  20. Ukraine
  21. UN

 

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