All articles by Corinna Visser

New start for smart meter rollout
The German government wants to give new impetus to the digitization of the energy transition. To this end, the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) has drafted a bill to relaunch the digitization of the energy transition (GNDEW), which is now going into departmental coordination. With this law, the BMWK aims to reduce […] continue reading →
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New rules for a more attractive EU capital union
On Wednesday, the EU Commission presented a series of draft laws aimed at making the EU capital markets more attractive, autonomous and resilient. Specifically, the aim is to strengthen clearing systems in the Union and harmonize insolvency rules. Also relevant to strengthening the digital economy is the legislation on listing on public markets (Listing Act). […] continue reading →
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EU Telecom Council reaches agreement on AI Act and eID
Under the Czech presidency, ministers in the EU Telecoms Council advanced several digital dossiers on Tuesday. The agenda included the adoption of the Council’s General Orientations on the draft of the AI Act and the European digital identity (eID). Progress reports on the Data Act and Cyber Resilience Act were also discussed. For the Data […] continue reading →
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Metaverse: Europe’s plans for the immersive Internet
In September, Breton announced that the Commission plans to advance the development of the metaverse. He did not specify how. The business community is already one step ahead – and also has concrete wishes for the EU. continue reading →
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Data Act: dispute over deadlines and functional equivalence
Rapporteur Adam Bielan (ECR) has warned the Internal Market Committee (IMCO) that the Data Act will reduce the range of cloud services in the EU to the lowest common denominator. Regarding functional equivalence, for example, “we have to decide whether we focus on imposing additional obligations on the provider to make it easier for the […] continue reading →
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Data Act: main discussion points
How must a fair data law be structured to get data traffic moving and promote innovation? Negotiations on the Data Act are currently underway – and the industry has formulated clear demands. continue reading →
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Space agency ESA receives significantly higher budget
The European Space Agency ESA will receive a significantly increased budget of €16.9 billion for the next three years, as decided by the 22 member countries at the ESA Council of Ministers meeting in Paris on Wednesday. That is 17 percent more than in the previous three-year period but less than ESA’s target increase to […] continue reading →
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Supercomputer LEONARDO goes into operation
This Thursday, a new supercomputer called LEONARDO will officially go into operation in Bologna in northern Italy after its test phase. On the list of the world’s fastest computers, LEONARDO ranks fourth behind Finland’s LUMI. The first and second places are occupied by high-performance computers from the USA (Frontier) and Japan (Fugaku). LEONARDO is thus […] continue reading →
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IRIS2: rocket propulsion for the economy
With IRIS2, the EU has cleared the way for a satellite-based secure communications network. France and Germany have different priorities. continue reading →
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AI Act still about details
The discussion continues. It is true that the Permanent Representatives of the member states in the Council agreed to the Council Presidency’s proposal for a General Approach on the AI Act on Friday, including Germany. However, from Germany’s point of view, this is not final. There are still some detailed adjustments that Germany hopes can […] continue reading →
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Permanent representatives to vote on AI Act today
Just before the Permanent Representatives Committee is scheduled to vote on the general approach to the AI Act this Friday, data and consumer advocates warn that the bill contains many risky exemptions. “Member state representatives are on the verge of agreeing on a weak position on the AI Act, and consumers have reason to worry,” […] continue reading →
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Digital Services Act: These are the first steps
The DSA is supposed to bring more transparency and control over what happens on major online platforms and search engines. To achieve this, the Commission needs new staff and is therefore establishing a new team of experts. continue reading →
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AI Act: Council prepares general approach
The Council is fully on schedule on AI regulation. On Friday, taking into account the latest written comments from member states, the Czech Presidency sent out the final version of the compromise text on the AI Act, which is available to Europe.Table. Now the Permanent Representatives Committee is asked to consider the text for a […] continue reading →
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EU mobilizes €1 billion for Solidarity Lanes
The European Commission will fast-track €250 million in financial assistance for the development of Solidarity Lanes for Ukraine. “For the short-term, we will support quick improvements, in particular with mobile equipment, to reduce waiting times and improve movement through the border crossing points and their access routes,” the Commission said in a joint statement with […] continue reading →
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Werner Stengg – co-creator of the digital agenda
You can familiarize yourself with any subject by reading. Werner Stengg is convinced of that – and has proven it. “Some people laughed and asked why someone from a landlocked country like Austria was suddenly dealing with maritime transport,” Stengg recalls of his first job at the Council in Brussels. On his missions to London, […] continue reading →
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Axel Voss expected to be rapporteur on AI liability
Axel Voss, legal policy spokesman for the EPP group, is expected to become rapporteur for the AI Liability Directive. However, the Parliament has not yet officially assigned the lead for the report to the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI). There is still uncertainty about the final split with the Internal Market and Consumer Committee (IMCO), Europe.Table […] continue reading →
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Boeselager: Data Act must reflect industrial data applications
Shadow rapporteur Damian Boeselager (Greens/EFA) presented his amendments to the Data Act in the lead ITRE Committee. His focus has been on the exchange of data between companies (B2B). This is not about personal data, whose exchange is already regulated in the GDPR, but much more about the multi-billion market of machine-generated data. The amendments […] continue reading →
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AI Act: Parliamentarians reject biometric mass surveillance
EU parliamentarians are bracing themselves for tough arguments with the Council over artificial intelligence legislation (AI Act). A central point of contention is biometric mass surveillance. While the Council wants to allow such surveillance systems for law enforcement purposes, a group of parliamentarians across political groups is fighting for a complete ban on these technologies. […] continue reading →
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