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EBU relieved to see clear exemption for journalism in EU Trade Secrets Directive

The EBU welcomes the provisional agreement between EU legislators on the EU Trade Secrets Directive. The decision spells good news for freedom of the media thanks to the approval of a clear exemption for journalism in the Directive. 

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Third version - The EU Commission: Agreement on Commission's EU data protection reform will boost Digital Single Market

The European Commission put forward its EU Data Protection Reform in 2012 to make Europe fit for the digital age (IP/12/46). Today, an agreement was found with the European Parliament and the Council, following final negotiations between the three institutions (so-called 'trilogue' meetings).
More than 90% of Europeans say they want the same data protection rights across the EU – and regardless of where their data is processed: this will soon be a reality. The Reform package will put an end to the patchwork of data protection rules that currently exists in the EU.
Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said: "Today's agreement is a major step towards a Digital Single Market. It will remove barriers and unlock opportunities. The digital future of Europe can only be built on trust. With solid common standards for data protection, people can be sure they are in control of their personal information. And they can enjoy all the services and opportunities…

EU Parliament version: Data protection package - Parliament and Council "now close to a deal"

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LIBE Press release - Fundamental rights − 15-12-2015 - 21:11

A “strong compromise” on how to ensure a high level of data protection across the EU was agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators in their last round of talks on the data protection package on Tuesday. It is now up to member states to give a green light to the agreement. The two draft laws in the package - a regulation and a directive - are scheduled for a confirmation vote in the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday morning.

The draft regulation aims to give citizens control over their private data, while also creating clarity and legal certainty for businesses to spur competition in the digital market.

"Today's negotiations hopefully have cleared the way for a final agreement", said Parliament's lead MEP on the regulation Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens, DE), adding that "In future, firms breaching EU data protection rules could be fined as much as 4% of annual turnover - for global int…

Luxembourg EU Presidency: 'Data Protection' Package: a historic agreement

(15.12.2015) 
On 15 December 2015, the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union reached an informal agreement in trialogues with the European Parliament on the 'Data Protection' Package which will set out new European rules on privacy in the digital age.

The agreement reached by the Luxembourg Presidency will have to be confirmed at the level of the Council of the EU by the 28 Member States, and will be addressed by a Coreper meeting to be held before 21 December 2015.

The 'Data Protection' Package, under negotiation since the European Commission put forward the proposal in January 2012, includes a Regulation establishing the general framework for the protection of personal data and a Directive on the protection of personal data processed for the purpose of law enforcement.

Following the adoption of general approach on the Regulation in the JHA Council of June 2015 and the adoption of a general approach on the Directive in the JHA Council of October 2015,…

EU Council version: Trade secrets protection: Luxembourg presidency seals deal with Parliament

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15/12/2015

On 15 December 2015, the Luxembourg presidency reached a provisional agreement with European Parliament representatives on common rules for the protection of trade secrets and confidential information of EU companies.

"Nowadays there is great diversity of systems and definitions in member states as regards the treatment and the protection of trade secrets. This new instrument will bring legal clarity and a level playing field to all European companies. It will also help increase their interest in the development of research and innovation activities.” - Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Affairs of Luxembourg

The agreement is subject to confirmation by the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Council.

Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Affairs of Luxembourg, congratulated the EU institutions for their excellent cooperation a…

MEPs strike trade secrets deal with EU Council: "New rules will not restrict the work of journalists"

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JURI Press release - Citizens' rights / Competition − 15-12-2015 - 16:34

New rules to help businesses obtain legal redress against the theft or misuse of their trade secrets were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday. MEPs ensured that freedom of expression and information will be protected and that the new rules will not restrict the work of journalists.

"The agreement reached today with the Council faithfully reflects the balanced position that we, MEPs on the legal affairs committee, adopted by a very large majority. Our priorities have been met in full by the Council: protection of the fundamental freedoms of opinion, of expression and of the press, which concerns both journalists and whistleblowers, and preservation of workers' mobility,” said the rapporteur, Constance Le Grip (EPP, FR).

The rules will introduce an EU-wide definition of trade secrets and oblige member states to ensure that victims of the misuse of trade secret…

IEU.MONITORING: EU DIGITAL AGENDA Telegram - published 1 December 2015

IEU.MONITORING: EU DIGITAL AGENDA Telegram - published 1 December 2015



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