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February Update: Tech and Telecoms

30 January 2018

After opening with a Green Week, February promises to be a busy month in EU policymaking.

With the Bulgarian Presidency now in full swing, one of its key interests will be under discussion as the Commission publishes a strategy on the accession of Serbia and Montenegro to the EU.

Elsewhere, the Brexit negotiations look likely to continue making headlines as UK domestic tensions threaten the position of Prime Minister Theresa May.

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

What's on the agenda this month

by Leonie Hogervorst, EU Policy Analyst

In February, Parliament is expected to give its final approval of the informal agreement with Council on the geoblocking regulation, and hold a Committee vote on the proposal on contracts for the sale of goods.
 
It will also commence its work on the Commission's two most recent proposals under the Digital Single Market: the Cybersecurity Act and the proposal on the free flow of non-personal data.
 
Trilogue discussions will continue on the audiovisual media services directive, contracts for the supply of digital content and the Electronic Communications Code, while Council will need to work hard on its position on the controversial copyright directive and ePrivacy Regulation, with agreement not yet in sight.
 
The Commission for its part possibly launches a legal instrument on illegal content on online platforms this month.

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Leonie Hogervorst, EU Policy Analyst
Leonie Hogervorst
EU Policy Analyst

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.