The European Commission is feeling the pressure as negotiations on the so-called satellite and cable directive enter their final phase. It is reported to be angry at the manner in which its plans to create a single digital market have been watered down by the European Parliament and Council.
The negotiation of Open Skies agreements is a key pillar of the European Union’s external aviation policy. Such agreements are a way to improve market access for European airlines, but also to facilitate the harmonisation of safety, security and environmental standards.
Europe is to have a new Battery Alliance. It emerged last month from a high-level meeting on battery development and production in Europe organised by European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovic.
The European Commission’s Strategy on Plastics has attracted a lot of attention over the last couple of months. Expected to be released in December, it will put forward the Commission’s vision for improving the sustainability of the plastics industry in Europe, as a key element of its Circular Economy Strategy.
The popularity of competitive video gaming or “e-sport” has grown to such an extent in the past few years that policymakers have been caught unawares. From communities of mainly teenage boys meeting at multiplayer game conventions, the sector now commands an estimated $700 million in total forecast revenues for 2017 along with an international live audience of 260 million.
Hume Brophy, the global communications firm specialising in PR, public affairs, investor relations and corporate and financial communications, has expanded its global reach with the acquisition of Madaket+Co, a communications consultancy with a presence in New York and Hong Kong.
Hume Brophy recently hosted a panel session which brought together executives from across the investment management and fintech sectors to share insights on the challenges of embracing technology and reaching out to millennial investors.
The EU Workplan for Sport 2017-2020 has now been adopted by EU Sport Ministers. It includes initiatives on match-fixing, anti-doping, good governance, the Digital Single Market and much more. It sets out the key topics which EU Member States and the Commission will prioritise for the sport sector over the next three years.
Emmanuel Macron and his Minister of the Economy and Finance have initiated a broad tax offensive against on-line giants, Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, the so called GAFA.