All articles by Jasmin Kohl

AI regulation: The state of negotiations on the Council
The regulation of artificial intelligence was one of the priorities of the Slovenian Council Presidency. At the end of November, it published a first compromise draft. Now the French have drawn up their own proposals. Among other things, they are calling for users of high-risk AI systems to be given information about the systems' mechanisms. continue reading →
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24 objectives for the TTC
Under the name “Becoming Tech Allies,” the European umbrella organization Digital Europe published 24 objectives for the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) on Wednesday. These are intended to act as a kind of roadmap for the body’s ten working groups and are to be achieved by 2024. After the political level of the body […] continue reading →
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Study: biometric facial recognition violates human rights
Just in time for today’s start of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has published a new study on biometric facial recognition draw attention to the impact of the controversial technology on human rights and the rule of law. “Sporting events are a major excuse to experiment with and […] continue reading →
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DSA: Confidence determines the start of the trilogue
The first political trilogue on the Digital Services Act (DSA) lasted just under an hour yesterday afternoon. Representatives from the Commission, the French Council Presidency, and the European Parliament reiterated their priorities and officially launched the interinstitutional negotiations. The atmosphere was amicable and, given the different positions, almost a bit too confident, reported a member […] continue reading →
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European Parliament starts negotiations on AI regulation
After a months-long competence dispute blocked the start of negotiations on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Regulation in the European Parliament, the lead committees IMCO (Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee) and LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee) held a first joint debate on Tuesday afternoon. For two and a half hours, MEPs confronted […] continue reading →
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App store: Dutch market regulator imposes million-dollar fine on Apple
On Monday, the Dutch consumer and market regulator ACM (Autoriteit Consument en Markt) imposed a €5 million fine on Apple. The authority had already ordered the US company in August to ensure dating app providers access to its app store in the Netherlands even if they offer users alternative payment methods (other than Apple’s in-app […] continue reading →
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Evelyne Gebhardt: European policy without rumbling and shouting
After 28 years in the European Parliament, the German-French politician will hand over her mandate on February 1. In an interview with Jasmin Kohl, Evelyne Gebhardt talks about political low blows, her personal secret to success, European digital policy and her expectations for the German traffic light government's European policy. continue reading →
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Digital policy outlook: the EU Commission’s plans
2022 will also be an important year for digital policy in the EU. The trilogue on the Digital Markets Act is in the starting blocks and the European Parliament will vote on its position on the Digital Services Act in mid-January. We took a look at what new digital policy proposals the Commission is planning for the first quarter. continue reading →
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Association files suit against compulsory storage of fingerprints
On Tuesday, the non-profit association Digitalcourage filed a lawsuit against the storage obligation for fingerprints in the identity card, which has been in force since 01.08.2021 and took the instance route. The storage obligation is based on an EU regulation from 2019. The aim of the EU regulation is to use biometric features to verify […] continue reading →
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EU vaccination certificate valid for nine months without booster
The European Union’s COVID vaccination passport is to be valid for nine months without a booster. This regulation is binding for the 27 member states as of February 1st, according to a decision by the EU Commission, as the authority announced on Tuesday. After a booster vaccination, the validity is extended indefinitely so far because […] continue reading →
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EP presidential election: Socialists to hear Metsola in January
Ahead of the upcoming election of the President of the Parliament, the S&D group in the European Parliament is planning a hearing of EPP candidate Roberta Metsola in the second week of January. The Maltese is controversial mainly because of her strict opposition to abortion (Europe.Table reported). “We expect commitments and clarifications on some important […] continue reading →
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AI regulation: ITRE and CULT appoint rapporteurs
After the European Parliament settled the competence dispute on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Regulation at the beginning of December, the rapporteurs for the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) and the EU Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) have now also been selected. These negotiate the law in Parliament in a co-advisory capacity. As […] continue reading →
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Metsola: an anti-abortionist as president of the European Parliament?
Actually, the deal was clear. But David Sassoli would have liked to stay on as President of the European Parliament for more than half of the term. Now he is likely to be succeeded by a woman – whose view of women's rights is causing some debate. continue reading →
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DSA: IMCO adopts final position
The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) in the European Parliament adopted its position on the Digital Services Act (DSA) with a large majority on Tuesday morning. All compromise proposals put forward by rapporteur Christel Schaldemose (DK, S&D) were adopted. In addition to the compromise proposal by the Greens/EFA to impose special due diligence […] continue reading →
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DSA: Internal Market Committee agrees on compromises
The European Parliament's Internal Market Committee (IMCO) adopted the rapporteurs' compromise proposals on the Digital Services Act yesterday evening. This morning, the overall report by Danish Social Democrat Christel Schaldemose will be finally voted on in committee, which is considered a formality after yesterday's approval. We have gathered reactions on key aspects of the compromises and give an outlook on possible lines of conflict with the Council. continue reading →
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Bitkom survey: Majority sees AI positively
Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly viewed positively by the German population. Currently, almost three-quarters (72 percent) of German citizens say that they see artificial intelligence exclusively (27 percent) or rather (45 percent) as an opportunity. A year ago, the proportion was still 68 percent. 13 percent currently see AI rather as a danger, 12 percent […] continue reading →
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Platform economy: Commission wants to combat bogus self-employment
Online platforms like Uber and Deliveroo are booming, their revenues have increased fivefold in recent years. For many employees, however, little of this comes through: They struggle with precarious working conditions and a lack of transparency from algorithms that evaluate their performance. The European Commission yesterday presented a law aimed at remedying the situation. continue reading →
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SPD MEP Evelyne Gebhardt resigns mandate
After 28 years in the European Parliament, MEP Evelyne Gebhardt (SPD, S&D) will hand over her mandate on February 1st. A native of Schwäbisch-Hall and France, she is a member of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) and Vice-Chair of the Delegation for Parliamentary Relations with the People’s Republic of China. As S&D […] continue reading →
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