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March Update: Tech and Telecoms

26 February 2018

Work is beginning behind the scenes as the EU moves towards developing its next Multiannual Financial Framework - the all-important regulatory structure determining annual financial allocations.

Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the key Council meeting that will see member states approve the negotiating brief for the next phase of Brexit talks.

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

What's on the agenda this month

by Leonie Hogervorst, EU Policy Analyst

March will see the long-awaited JURI Committee vote on the much contested copyright directive. In its plenary session, Parliament is expected to confirm the informal agreement with the Council on the cross-border parcel delivery file.
The Rapporteur of the IMCO Committee will continue work on the free flow of non-personal data proposal, while the ITRE Rapporteur on the Cybersecurity Act will proceed on this other key file.
Council aims to make progress towards its position on the copyright directive and on the ePrivacy Regulation, and trilogue discussions will carry on for the Electronic Communications Code, the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, contracts for the supply of digital content and the regulation on copyright rules for certain transmissions of broadcasters (SatCab Regulation).
The Commission is not resting either and will launch a proposal this month on establishing rules at EU level allowing taxation of profit generated by multinationals through the digital economy.

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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.