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December Update: Tech and Telecoms

4 December 2017

With 2017 drawing to a close, the Estonian Presidency is moving to the end of its time at the helm, and thoughts are already turning to the Bulgarian Presidency due to run for the first half of 2018.

Look out for DeHavilland EU's special briefing on the new Bulgarian Presidency later this month, featuring everything you need to know about the incoming leaders and their policy programme.

It's also a crucial time in the Brexit negotiations, as anxious businesses seek clarity on the future shape of the relationship between the EU and the departing UK.

Here, Leonie Hogervorst, DeHavilland EU's Policy Analyst for Tech and Telecoms, gives you the lowdown on what to watch out for this December.

What's on the agenda this month

by Leonie Hogervorst, EU Policy Analyst

Estonia kicked off the last month of its Presidency with a Telecoms Council - further evidence that this has been a Presidency which has put digital policy at the core of its activities.
 
At the Council meeting, debates were held on issues including ePrivacy, free flow of data, 5G and cybersecurity. The Council furthermore agreed its position on the rules for the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC), one of the proposals of last year's telecoms package. Negotiations with the Parliament on this file will start in December, so as to run parallel with negotiations on the Electronic Communications Code.
 
In Parliament, MEPs are expected to sign off on the trilogue agreement on the geo-blocking regulation, a key Digital Single Market file in the field of e-commerce, on which Parliament and Council found agreement at the end of November.
 
Trilogues will continue on the cross-border parcel delivery file, another important dossier in the area of e-commerce.
 
Also this month, the JURI Committee holds a workshop on one of the most contentious issues in the copyright proposal, the position of press publishers and authors, while the final Committee vote on the file will have to wait until the new year.

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Leonie Hogervorst, Digital Policy Executive
Leonie Hogervorst
Digital Policy Executive

Leonie works in DeHavilland’s EU team, responsible for the portfolio in the area of digital and technology policy. She graduated in European Studies and Journalism and worked for several organisations active in EU policy in Brussels before joining DeHavilland in January 2016.