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November Update: Tech and Telecoms

30 October 2017

A fast-moving time in the Brussels year, November opens with a Green Week and public holidays before getting down to business with serious policy discussion.

The Estonian Presidency continues to make its mark with a range of events and initiatives, but leaders are already looking ahead to next year following the publication of the 2018 European Commission Work Programme.

Meanwhile, the Brexit negotiations will enter a more pressured phase as the UK seeks to overcome the impasse that  threatens to damage domestic economic prospects.

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

What's on the agenda this month

by Leonie Hogervorst, EU Policy Analyst

November will see the conclusion of Parliament Committee work on one of the key controversial files from the copyright package.
 
A final Committee vote is also planned for the contracts on digital content directive, after it was postponed several times.
 
Following the LIBE Committee vote and its signing off in plenary, the Parliament is now ready to start trilogues on the ePrivacy Regulation once the Council agrees its position.
 
Trilogues are expected to kick off on the cross-border parcel delivery file, part of the Commission's e-commerce package, and Parliament and Council will also continue negotiations on the Electronic Communications Code.
 
The Estonian Presidency equally hopes to make progress in trilogues on the audiovisual media services directive and the geoblocking regulation.
 

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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.