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EU Political Update

Talking Tech Highlights: 20-24 February 2017

27 April 2017

A weekly review of tech related political developments in the European Union

A Week in Review

Industry: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules on robots and artificial intelligence

On 16 February 2017, MEPs voted by 396 votes to 123 in favour of a resolution calling on the European Commission to propose EU rules regarding robotics and artificial intelligence.

In particular, MEPs called for regulation dealing with enforcement of ethical standards and accident liability. Some MEPs suggested that a mandatory insurance scheme and a supplementary fund should be set up to ensure that victims of accidents involving self-driving cars are adequately compensated.

The European Commission will now consider the European Parliament's recommendations.

Digital Single Market: EU ambassadors confirm provisional agreement on Regulation regarding cross-border portability of digital content services

On 15 February 2017, EU ambassadors confirmed the provisional agreement reached on 7 February 2017 between the EU Presidency and the European Parliament regarding the proposed Regulation on ensuring cross-border portability of online content services in the Single Market.

The Regulation is aimed at eliminating barriers that prevent consumers from accessing and using online content services, subscribed to or acquired in their home country, when temporarily present in another country in the EU.

The Council of the EU and the European Parliament will now need formally to approve the Regulation.

Financial services: Council of the EU and the European Parliament agree on proposed Regulation concerning consumers' involvement in policy making in financial services

On 14 February 2017, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament reached an agreement on proposed Regulation aimed at facilitating consumer involvement in policy making in the financial services sector.

Measures include provision of grants to Finance Watch and Better Finance, two NGOs, to support activities that educate consumers on financial regulation issues and encourage consumer involvement in policymaking. The programme will run until 31 December 2020 and have a budget of EUR 6 million.

EU ambassadors will now need to approve the proposed Regulation on behalf of the Council of the EU. The European Parliament and the Council of the EU will then adopt the Regulation.

Council of the European Union

20 - 21 February

Competitiveness Council.

On the agenda:

o Consumer protection in the digital single market

o Competitiveness check-up: investments in intangible assets

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