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Outgoing Digital Commissioner: A lot more work is needed to clarify the ‘right to be forgotten’

The EU has to do quite a lot more work to make the “right to be forgotten” clear, says Neelie Kroes. wide-ranging interview, she also reflects on the new Juncker Commission and what’s missing from Europe’s digital economy. Neelie Kroes is Vice-President of the European Commission, and in charge of the EU’s Digital Agenda. e will leave the executive after ten years, during which time she was also Competition Commissioner, when the Juncker Commission begins its term on 1 November. She spoke to EurActiv’s deputy news editor James Crisp. Let’s talk about the new Commission....Read more

EU, US say hard to imagine trade deal without investor protection

A trade deal between the United States and Europe is hard to imagine without strong investor protection, US Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday (30 October), hours after outgoing Commissioner Karel De Gucht said the US may break off talks unless Europeans show a firmer willingness to include investment-protection provisions in any deal...Read more

Interview Danièle Nouy: Interview with Irish Times

What is your overall view of the stress tests and the reaction to them? We have undertaken an extensive review of the most important banking groups in each country across the euro area. This has been a considerable achievement. The markets have received large amounts of detailed data, granular data.Read more

U.S. says hard to imagine EU trade deal without investor protection

(Reuters) - A trade deal between the United States and Europe is hard to imagine without strong investor protection, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday. Negotiations on investor protection rules in the world's biggest trade deal have been frozen after criticism in Europe and the European Commission is digesting the results of a public consultation before deciding how to go ahead...Read more

- Hungary's Prime Minister should abandon “anti-democratic plan” to tax internet use

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has called on Prime Minister Viktor Orban to abandon his “anti-democratic plan” to tax internet use and to start listening to his people and understand the reality of the developments in the media. It is very unwise and unrealistic of Orban's government to think that the internet tax is of any relevance in today's digital age,” said Mogens Blicher Bjerrregård, EFJ President. This is evident from the tens of thousands protesters who showed up on Tuesday night's protest....Read more

European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Croatia on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Croatia setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds throughout the country. Today’s agreement paves the way for investing €8. illion in total Cohesion Policy funding over 2014-2020 (current prices, including European Territorial Cooperation funding and the allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative)....Read more

European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Croatia on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Croatia setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds throughout the country. Today’s agreement paves the way for investing €8. illion in total Cohesion Policy funding over 2014-2020 (current prices, including European Territorial Cooperation funding and the allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative). Croatia also receives €2 billion for rural development and €252.Read more

Oettinger stirs controversy ahead of new role as digital commissioner

Recent statements by the next EU digital commissioner Gunther Oettinger on imposing a special tax on Google has drawn carefully-worded criticism from within the current EU commission. earlier this week, floated the idea of making Google pay a levy in compensation for using copyrighted content to draw traffic and generate revenue. If Google takes intellectual property from the EU and makes use of it, the EU can protect this property and demand that Google pay for it,” said Oettinger. But a spokesperson for outgoing EU digital commissioner Neelie Kroes has other ideas. It's not OK to turn a company into a punching bag and I wouldn't expect the new Commission to do so,” Kroes’ spokesperson Ryan Heath said in an email on Thursday (30 October). He said copyright changes, which limit access through legal or price barriers, would face severe backlash....Read more

Nigel Farage challenges 'liberally biased' comedians to 'call him a narcissist', then asks 'Am I a modern Hitler or a modern Churchill?' - People - News

for making “cheap” jokes at the expense of the party.It culminated in a spectacular clash between Farage and Boyle on Tuesday evening, during which the Ukip leader praised Lawrence’s “honesty”.There are a lot of honest people in comedy, which is why they keep calling you a c**t,” Boyle retorted.Farage now accuses  Boyle of trying to “resurrect his own career off the back of Mr Lawrence’s comments” and condemned the reactions to the Lawrence’s initial Facebook post as simply that of the “liberal elite” who misunderstand Ukip and its policies.Call me a narcissist, but I love saving jocular ’toons and caricatures about myself or Ukip – even when they’re not flattering,” he added. ometimes these guys just get lazy, don’t they? last week published a cartoon of me in an embrace with Adolf Hitler last week....Read more