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January Update: Tech and Telecoms

5 January 2018

A new year means a new country at the helm of the Council of the EU, with Bulgaria taking over the Presidency for its very first six-month term.

Click here to read DeHavilland EU's special briefing on the Bulgarian Presidency, featuring everything you need to know about the incoming leaders and their policy programme.

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

What's on the agenda this month

by Leonie Hogervorst, EU Policy Analyst

Following the completion of negotiations on key Digital Single Market files under the Estonian Presidency, it is now up to the incoming Bulgarian Presidency to continue work and where possible conclude other digital dossiers.
 
If it wants to have the new ePrivacy rules applicable this May as proposed, the Council will have to speed up its work on the ePrivacy Regulation in order to enter into negotiations with the Parliament as soon as possible.
 
Trilogues will continue on the Electronic Communications Code, which Bulgaria hopes to bring to a successful end during its Presidency.
 
Discussions in Council will furthermore focus on the Cybersecurity Act. The Parliament will also work on cybersecurity, as well as on the free flow of non-personal data proposal.
 
The JURI Committee is scheduled to vote on the controversial copyright in the Digital Single Market directive at the end of this month.

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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.